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Rams likely to shut Bradford down, still see him as their future

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The bad news for Sam Bradford is that his ankle injury will sideline him today against the Bengals, and probably for the rest of the season, too — and he’s had a lousy season even when he’s been healthy.

The good news is that the Rams still see him as their franchise quarterback.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams are likely to shut Bradford down for the season and stick with Kellen Clemens as the starter the rest of the way, but that the Rams still believe in Bradford as their long-term solution at quarterback. Some observers, including ESPN’s Jon Gruden, have said Bradford looks so bad this year that the Rams should consider drafting a quarterback like Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III. But that’s not in the cards.

Having Bradford in the fold could set up the Rams to trade down in the draft with a team that wants a quarterback. The Rams are likely to have either the second or third overall pick in next year’s draft, and if Andrew Luck, Griffin and USC’s Matt Barkley all turn pro, the second or third pick is going to be very attractive to a team that wants a franchise quarterback. Trading down may be one of the ways the Rams start putting some talent around Bradford.

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38 Responses to “Rams likely to shut Bradford down, still see him as their future”
  1. bsizemore68 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:13 AM

    Hello! Miami is calling. Bill

  2. sfm073 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:14 AM

    It’s hard to judge a 2nd year qb that plays on one of the worst teams in the history of the sport.

  3. phillyphever says: Dec 18, 2011 11:15 AM

    “Having Bradford in the fold could set up the Rams to trade down in the draft with a team that wants a quarterback. The Rams are likely to have either the second or third overall pick in next year’s draft, and if Andrew Luck, Griffin and USC’s Matt Barkley all turn pro, the second or third pick is going to be very attractive to a team that wants a franchise quarterback. Trading down may be one of the ways the Rams start putting some talent around Bradford.”

    OR they could keep that pick and take Blackmon or Kalil to help him,

  4. rammerray says: Dec 18, 2011 11:15 AM

    RAMS fan here. Bradford is NOT the problem! His front line is! Let’s see Brady, Rodgers or Brees lose both their starting tackles and see how good their stats are..

  5. realitypolice says: Dec 18, 2011 11:17 AM

    They absolutely should shut him down.

    There is no point whatsoever for him to take any more meaningless snaps this season.

    Not only due to the injuries. I don’t know whether it’s the talent around him, schemes or whatever, but this kid has seriously regressed and needs to start fresh next year, presumably with some new offensive talent and certainly with a new coaching staff.

    By the way, what is the next step down for former wonder boy Josh McDaniels?

  6. purpleattack says: Dec 18, 2011 11:19 AM

    IMHO there is absolutely nothing about Bradford that says he is not going to be a great QB in this league. I think everyone understand that it’s the talent around him that stops them from winning games.

  7. djteknision1200 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    What sense does it make to draft a new QB when the Rams have problems on the offensive line? Bradford had a very good rookie season last year without any WR help. Just get the guy some help and he will be OK.

  8. Gordon says: Dec 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    Belichick must have been drawing up the offense when McDaniels was in NE. That, or his offense only works when Brady & Moss make every play look like a genius move.

  9. trbowman says: Dec 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    Look for the Seahawks to trade up for Barkley.

    And of course they do. Get him an offensive line.

    I don’t get why the Rams are playing Clemens over Brandstater.

    Clemens pocket presence isn’t much better than Blaine Gabbert’s

  10. cannonballdookie says: Dec 18, 2011 11:21 AM

    I think they have 60 million reasons why he’s still their franchise QB. They are doing the best thing here though in shutting him down. The whole team was just playing awful, and making him play bad through injuries will just regress him even further. Give him a fresh start next year with a whole season of Brandon Lloyd and improve the damn offensive line, and you should see a different QB.

  11. trbowman says: Dec 18, 2011 11:22 AM

    Jon Gruden has no credibility on QBs.

  12. thingamajig says: Dec 18, 2011 11:25 AM

    “Rams still see him as their franchise quarterback.”

    And so do I, Tom Brady would look bad with that OL and WR group.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:26 AM

    They can find a team willing to trade up and give them multiple picks, which is what the Rams need. They are one of the oldest teams in the league, and need to get young and start building around Bradford.

    Or, if the right trade offer doesn’t come along, send a card up to the podium this next April with the name “Justin Blackmon” on it.

  14. stevec626 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:34 AM

    I’m a rams fan and I like Bradford but damn we suck lol..we drafted about 5 TE’s in the last 4 years who ain’t even in the league anymore lol..klaupenstien,Dominique Byrd etc..then we take the 1st receiver in the draft in 09 Donnie Avery..while the eagles 10 picks later get desaun Jackson..catch my drift guys..we have a top 10 pick every year n can’t get that right..carricker,Jason smith etc..

  15. bignugs says: Dec 18, 2011 11:36 AM

    The Rams have over 30 guys on the active roster that were not in training camp. They have been destroyed by injuries across the board. Bradford isn’t the problem. It’s hard to tell just who is with a problem like that. Get more help and reload for next year.

  16. trbowman says: Dec 18, 2011 11:43 AM

    “OR they could keep that pick and take Blackmon or Kalil to help him,”

    Kalil won’t make it past Minnesota, and WR isn’t even much of a need if Lloyd re-signs, which he will.

    Besides, Michael Floyd, who is barely a notch below Blackmon will likely be available if the Rams trade down.

  17. davidgq says: Dec 18, 2011 11:43 AM

    Bradford is not the problem. He has no talents around him. Rams would be stupid to trade down and pass on Blackmon or Kalil. I would draft Blackmon if I am the Rams. Bradford needs someone to throw to.

  18. mataug says: Dec 18, 2011 11:44 AM

    I’m surprised that he did not go mentally insane with the way his WRs were playing. So many drops smh

  19. deathmonkey41 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:45 AM

    What the Rams need is a new GM and Coach to make those picks. If you remember, their stated goal was to build from the lines out and you see how well that worked out after all those draft picks and free agent dollars they spent on it.

  20. eagleswin says: Dec 18, 2011 11:46 AM

    The Rams roster is a mess but Bradford is not part of the problem. Having a real #1 WR on the team and finally, hopefully, drafting Steven Jackson’s replacement will definately help. Ignoring the WR and RB deficiencies the last couple of years has really hurt them.

  21. tdk24 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:48 AM

    Give that kid some protection why don’t cha? Seriously, that game against Seattle, every time he peeled himself up off the turf on after 3rd down he walked back to the sidelines with a “just put me out of my misery” look on his face. If the Rams are not careful, he will be the next David Carr.

  22. glowingstone says: Dec 18, 2011 11:49 AM

    There is a reason why teams used to sit a rookie QB for a year or two behind an established starter.

  23. arhymingape says: Dec 18, 2011 12:07 PM

    RAMS fan here. Bradford is NOT the problem! His front line is! Let’s see Brady, Rodgers or Brees lose both their starting tackles and see how good their stats are.

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    Rodgers played a few games without Clifton and Bulaga at the same time.He did quite well.

  24. toonsterwu says: Dec 18, 2011 12:11 PM

    It’s far too early to make a judgment to move onto another QB. Bradford looked alright his rookie year, struggled this year. Both years, he hasn’t had many receivers, but this year, his OL was banged up a lot, with his LT gone for the 2nd half of the year (forgot which game Saffold was hurt).

    If Saffold is healthy, he deserves, based off his rookie season, to still be considered the LT of the future to grow with Stafford. Then, they need to add the offensive pieces around. A trade down makes some sense, but an elite WR is also needed. If they feel Blackmon is a top 3 pick (I’m not that sold yet), then it might behoove them, if they are giving Bradford more time, to go after Blackmon there.

    That said, a trade down to target someone like Trent Richardson, assuming he comes out, wouldn’t be a bad idea. Steven Jackson is getting up there, but he could probably still net you a solid piece or two (I could see as high as a 2nd rounder), and Richardson gives you a new workhorse to build around.

    The big decision is what they feel about Saffold. If they think, like I think they should, that he gets another year as their LT of the future candidate, then you can pass on taking an OT early and focus on skill guys to put around Bradford.

    All that said, they do need some help on the defense, but the first priority is to determine if Bradford is still their guy, and that means getting the necessary weapons for him to develop with.

  25. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Dec 18, 2011 12:13 PM

    As a Browns fan (yes- it’s painful), I’d like to see the Browns trade for Bradford and then draft Justin Blackmon. We have the Falcons 1st round pick and maybe can work a deal with that and a few other picks to reunite Pat Shurmur with his old QB.

  26. emperorzero says: Dec 18, 2011 12:35 PM

    Sam Bradford and Chris Long are the only two players on the roster I would keep. The Rams have been horrible with their picks for years. The OL is god awful, the receivers are god awful – get the kid some help. The Rams need to clean out the front office (again) and find some people that can actually judge talent.

  27. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Dec 18, 2011 12:37 PM

    Bradford’s rookie year was a product of the defense OL and Stephen Jackson. He was a strictly dink and dunk passer with pedestrian numbers who somehow got all the credit for the Rams being better than 1-15. Clearly their 9) has been a messs but Bradford has looked bad from the opening game. Say what you want about McDaniels as a play caller but didn’t Bradford run a spread offense in college? David Carr 2.0

  28. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Dec 18, 2011 12:39 PM

    * OL not 9)

  29. tuckyous says: Dec 18, 2011 12:40 PM

    Give him Kalil and Kendall Wright and watch him light it up.

  30. ramofsteel says: Dec 18, 2011 12:43 PM

    Josh McDaniels has stubbornly refused to adjust to the problems on offense. Unlike Martz who utilized Forte, McD only gave the ball to Steven Jackon on the goalline one time in 9 plays.

    Kalil/Blackmon/trade down…who cares. Rams need help everywhere.

  31. doe22us says: Dec 18, 2011 12:54 PM

    Yep give him $50 mill guaranteed and then cut the cord after two years. Sounds about right no longer you Gruden are not coaching.

  32. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 18, 2011 12:59 PM

    Bradford may not be the problem, but his mobility has to be part of the story on keeping him healthy. Andrew Luck, look at your future. Bradford’s game is your game. How will you survive on a bad team as the high pick??

  33. d3murf says: Dec 18, 2011 1:06 PM

    The big decision is what they feel about Saffold. If they think, like I think they should, that he gets another year as their LT of the future candidate, then you can pass on taking an OT early and focus on skill guys to put around Bradford.

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    Saffold? He’s going to be alright. The guy who is in trouble is Jason “bust” Smith. Dude can’t stay healthy – and even when he does he’s not very good. That pick will haunt this franchise for years to come. I believe the Rams should look towards Morris Claiborne the CB of LSU. They have the worst Corners in the league imo. Bradfords skill players are not that bad. Next year with Amendola back, Lloyd with a full year, and Sam’s boy Mark Clayton in the fold – they will be good.

  34. cliffordc05 says: Dec 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    The Seahawks are obviously a team that might be a trade partner for St Louis. However, I think Seattle would be better served by adding to its depth and keep all of their draft picks. Unless St Louis wants to trade Bradford straight up for a first round pick. He is going to be pretty damn good.

  35. duanethomas says: Dec 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Draft Kahlil and move Saffold to the right tackle spot. See if Smith can play play guard (he can’t, because he’s a sissy…so cut him). Then from there go WR, RB, CB, in the draft. Also sign a veteran CB in free agency. All done with a new staff, Spags is horrible.

  36. contraryguy says: Dec 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Bengals DBs are making Clemens look like Ron Jaworski in those retro Rams unis.

    I agree with the comments about needing a line in front of Bradford and Jackson. That’s where any good team starts, on the line. Kalil could be gone if the Vikes take him ahead of STL; Blackmon’s the obvious pick then. AJ Green’s rookie year is all you need to sell that choice.

  37. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 18, 2011 1:41 PM

    I thought he shut himself down weeks ago.

  38. isujames says: Dec 18, 2011 2:11 PM

    I bet they do after all the $$$$ they gave him,that he is deffinitely not worth.I knew it was a bad choice for them,we talking about the rams though,they known for doing that

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