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Rams trade puts pressure on Sam Bradford

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The Rams have gone all-in on Sam Bradford, with new coach Jeff Fisher not only declaring publicly that the franchise quarterback he inherited will remain the franchise quarterback, but also pulling off a huge trade to stock the roster with talent around Bradford.

But Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch raises an important point: This trade puts a lot of pressure on Bradford.

If Robert Griffin III turns out to be a better quarterback than Bradford, and if the Redskins are a better team than the Rams over the next few years, then this trade is going to be remembered as a mistake from the Rams’ perspective. What happens if Griffin in 2012 looks like Cam Newton in 2011, while Bradford in 2012 looks like Bradford in 2011? Bradford will be hearing the boos in St. Louis. Or maybe he’ll be hearing the silence of an empty stadium.

The good news for the Rams is that they now have so many high picks that it’s almost impossible to think they won’t upgrade the team around Bradford. They have the sixth overall pick and two high second-round picks this year, then their own first-round pick and the Redskins’ first-round pick each of the next two years. The pieces are there for Fisher to put together a championship team.

The question now is whether Bradford will be the centerpiece on a title contender, or whether Bradford will fall short, and we’ll see in the future that the Rams just traded away the opportunity to add the centerpiece on a title contender.

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53 Responses to “Rams trade puts pressure on Sam Bradford”
  1. nflfollower says: Mar 11, 2012 9:55 AM

    Everybody loved Bradford coming out, I remember Gil Brandt saying Bradford had one of the best pro days of all time. The guy has talent—-they haven’t had it around him in St. Louis.

    This trade was good for the NFC West, competitive balance needs to be restored in that division. Maybe Fischer picked the Rams anticipating the value of that #2 overall pick?….If so, good for him.

  2. rodge1 says: Mar 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    Bradford has been under pressure since being drafted. He’s done well when healthy too. I believe there is more pressure on Fisher not to squander the newly acquired draft picks.

  3. skinspop102 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:01 AM

    Bradford is Carr 2.0

    Both shell shocked beyond repair due to terrible offensive lines

  4. bumbler19 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:01 AM

    The first thing any QB needs is blocking. The picture shows the problem. Yet you put it all on Sam. The Rams’ O-line was horrible last year. If they decided to put RG3 back there he would look nothing like Newton. Because the Panthers have a very good line, and a top end WR.

  5. cobrala2 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:03 AM

    I don’t know, they could possibly draft three future hall of gamers with those picks… That’s still a failure if Rg3 bests Sammy-B? I don’t see it so narrowly.

  6. j0esixpack says: Mar 11, 2012 10:08 AM

    The best thing for a young QB is to follow the Jets lead.

    1. Hire a bombastic coach who is all bark and no bite who will guarantee the young QB will win a Super Bowl immediately.

    2. When that doesn’t happen guarantee a Super Bowl again the next season.

    3. When that doesn’t happen again, guarantee that the young QB will always remain the starter – then promptly bring in Peyton Manning for an interview.

    4. When the young QB’s confidence couldn’t be any lower announce he’s being signed to a sham of an extension in the hopes of bolstering his shaken confidence.

  7. KIR says: Mar 11, 2012 10:13 AM

    I guess all rookies and young quarterbacks will now be graded against Cam Newton’s rookie season and how Cam is currently performing. Just remember his rookie season was the best rookie season in NFL history!

  8. wvfinfan says: Mar 11, 2012 10:14 AM

    WOW, amazing Miami cant get teams to be as STUPID as the Redskins when they are at the top of the draft. This trade was idiotic on the Redskins part. They completely ruined this franchise.
    No Player, especially a spread QB is worth 3 1st and a 2nd. The Redskins should have waited next week the price would be 1/2 what they paid.

    Shannahan doesn’t care about pick in 13,14 he won’t be there if they lose this season anyways.

  9. emmac13 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:15 AM

    I am sure the pressure is better than RG3 coming to Rams practices and standing on sideline.

  10. chazzmichaelmichaels says: Mar 11, 2012 10:15 AM

    What about the 2010 Bradford? The worst thing that ever happened to Bradford was Josh McDaniels! You may not see it in 2012, but he’ll have a couple of years under Fisher, same offensive system, and do fine.

  11. boothlustig says: Mar 11, 2012 10:17 AM

    I thought Bradford felt a lot of pressure last yr from his poor offensive line, his marginal talent at WR and from a defense that went through at least 8 CBs during the yr so STL always played from behind. He also suffered a high ankle sprain.

    Draft the OT from Iowa at 6, get a WR and CB with the 2 high 2nd rounders, get healthy and beat up on Sea and Ariz, that is 4 wins right there.

    or trade back from 6 from some team that wants RB Richardson.

    If Wash wins 5 games with a rookie QB next yr, STL could have 2 top 15 #1s next yr. If Fisher can add talent, perhaps Bradford’s 2011 season would be compared to Ailman’s 1989 season where he went 1-15. Funny how Aikman felt less pressure when Irvin came back from injury, they drafted Emmitt Smith et al.

  12. elmaxoh says: Mar 11, 2012 10:18 AM

    Give this young man some talents around him .

  13. newguy925 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:19 AM

    Maybe Bradford only gets another year, maybe 2 if he continues to play like this. If so, they have the extra pick to trade up for a high pick, and if Bradford does fail the Rams (and possibly one of their picks from the Skins) could have the #1 pick.

    The trade only works because RG3 is exactly what Shanahan wants. Fisher with have it together by the time he’s using the last of his Redskin bounty. The real pressure is on Bradford and Shanahan.

  14. skito13 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    Sam will be fine with constant direction. Recievers healthy and more nasty on the o-line will go a long way on starting the process for Sam once again… Marshall Faulk style back to work with SJ39 will also help Steven to stay effective. The new management has a great start on turning this team around,not far off.

  15. mvpolamalu says: Mar 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    Of course he is! He was the #1 pick 2 years ago! They are not giving up on him yet

  16. metalhead65 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:41 AM

    cam newton had a great rookie season but what was the panthers record again? and before you say it shut up use that same excuse for bradford. he can’t do it all by himself so give the guy some help before you write him off as a bust. hard to produce if you have a bum ankle and are always on your back and have nobdy to throw to when you are not. also with all the hype with rgIII shouldn’t he be able to turn around the skins right away and if not won’t he be a bust?

  17. TheDPR says: Mar 11, 2012 10:44 AM

    Shanny’s time has come and gone. The Redskins can do whatever they want with their roster and it won’t matter.

    The Rams issues aren’t at QB. They’ll be fine if they can plug their holes.

  18. clw1906 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:46 AM

    Hey wvfinfan I think Miami does a good job of being stupid own their own. I mean really has your suck ass team done anything since Shula? Why don’t you become relevant before you pop off your mouth. At best the Dolphins will be 3rd in the division. Go try and get Mariono to unretire. Lol Joke

  19. trojanwarrior007 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:56 AM

    trade back into the third spot with the Vikes and pull in Khalil.

  20. whatsafairway says: Mar 11, 2012 10:57 AM

    The Rams just won the lottery and lucky for them it’s in annuity payments and not one lump sum.

    The Rams and Bradford will be fine.

  21. cali49er707 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:58 AM

    horrible defense, beat up o-line, steve jackson on the way out the door, no wr help, and slid back to far for the wr from OK STATE. & a defensive minded head coach who will not have any knowledge of offensive X’s & O’s & a new offensive coordinator 3rd one in 3years …….. yea he is in trouble

  22. 69finfan says: Mar 11, 2012 11:03 AM

    Hey clw1906 why don’t you become relevant and learn how to spell?

  23. purplengold says: Mar 11, 2012 11:12 AM

    The Rams fleeced Washington. They could trade back up to #3, #4, or #5 to get who they want and probably still have extra picks from the deal.

  24. beastup22 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:18 AM

    Sam Bradford sucks, if you actually watch him you know he begets throws the ball farther then 5 yards.

  25. lolb23 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    Bust.

    Just like 99% of Rams picks before Fisher came to town.

  26. whatswiththehate says: Mar 11, 2012 11:28 AM

    Every year we get the same nonsense…A half decent QB being pick by these so called experts as the best of the bunch. Then he gets out there and can’t do much without a good O-line. Any QB can play decent with a damn good O-line. I thought being drafted high meant you brought a little something extra to a team that the other QBs in the draft didn’t have.

    I laugh when fans try to demish Cam’s talent by now claiming how good the Panthers’ O-line was. A you kidding me? How quickly we forget that this offense was the same one who was ranked dead last in the NFL the season before. Yet, Cam took them to the top 5. Yes, when you’re drafted number one, you are suppose to bring a little something extra to your team that is suppose to separate you from the rest of the other QB. Isn’t that what is being said of Luck? And was said about Bradford, Gabbert, Stafford and all the other media chosen QBs?

    I swear I’ve never seen a sport where folks are spoonfed nonsense like the NFL

  27. mytbradley says: Mar 11, 2012 11:35 AM

    Bradford would be even more pressure if the Rams stood pat and drafted RGIII

  28. lasher1650 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:36 AM

    The trade puts pressure on Bradford?

    He was the number 1 overall pick 2 years ago and received a contract with $50 million in guaranteed money – the pressure on Bradford to perform and turn a woe-be-gone franchise around has not increased one iota because of this trade compard to the day he was selected by the Rams. Moving Bradford is not feasible due to a $30 million cap hit they would incur for doing so – meansing that the team was/has/never will be in the position of contemplating a “Bradford or RG3, RG3 or Bradford” decision. There is no story here.

    Typical pablum from Miklasz who rarely “gets it”.

  29. ramofsteel says: Mar 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    Sam needs a better OL, and by better, I mean healthy. Oh and WRs. Blackmon. Or Jackson. Hell even both. Plus Josh McDaniels refused to adjust as the injuries mounted.

  30. palewook says: Mar 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    bradford’s contract cap hit guarantees he’ll be a ram until 2016.

  31. thehighhat says: Mar 11, 2012 11:44 AM

    Bradford is a mediocre QB at best. Wouldn’t be surprised if the use that 2014 pick pick from the Fleecedskins on their next franchise QB,

  32. votebelichickforpresident says: Mar 11, 2012 11:44 AM

    This is part of the trade story that no one mentions. They say that all the pressure is on RG3 because of all that the Redskins gave up. But if RG3 is as good as advertised and if Bradford continues to falter, the the pressure will suddenly be on Bradford and Fisher.

  33. phillybirds says: Mar 11, 2012 12:02 PM

    Sam better pop a Xanax and relax. He’s he starter!!!! It’s like rookie year all over again. Quit acting like athletes have no balls.

  34. fumblenuts says: Mar 11, 2012 12:06 PM

    The Seahawks defense is improving BIG TIME and will be Top 10 this year….Bradford is in big trouble when they play.

  35. wberg21 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    Bradford is under pressure because the O line is garbage and has been for years… Tom Brady would look just like Bradford on last years Rams…

  36. ernie ernie says: Mar 11, 2012 12:24 PM

    The Rams and bradford are at a cross-roads this year. Bradford has been an accident waiting to happen in year two and next year, if he is accident prone again, his career will be for practical purposes that of a backup.The Rams cannot afford to have him hurt all the time and will move on for sure.

  37. schmitty2 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    cali49er707 says:
    Mar 11, 2012 10:58 AM
    horrible defense, beat up o-line, steve jackson on the way out the door, no wr help, and slid back to far for the wr from OK STATE. & a defensive minded head coach who will not have any knowledge of offensive X’s & O’s & a new offensive coordinator 3rd one in 3years …….. yea he is in trouble

    All this coming from a 49er homer. Steven Jackson on the way out? Weren’t his stats about the same as Gore’s who the Ram’s “horrible defense” shut down last year? No wr help..like the 49er’s really have a wr corps! And you mention the Ram’s are on their 3rd Oc in 3 years. Hello genius–your team had 7 different OC’s in Smith’s tenure. My point is I give props to the Niners for their season last year but for you to bash a team that has gone through the sames trials and tribulations of your team is hypocritical at best

  38. stunzeed5 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    wvfinfan says:
    Mar 11, 2012 10:14 AM
    ===================================

    see wvfinfan above for proof that the average American sports fan is a complete idiot. This fool fell for the “the Skin’s gave up 3 firsts” scam. NEWSFLASH: moving up to the 2nd pick from the 6th in the first round does not = giving up a 1st round pick. The Redskins gave up 2 firsts and a second.

  39. jbcommonsense says: Mar 11, 2012 12:46 PM

    Easy issue. Bradford has excellent form as a QB. The Rams are loaded with great picks. Fisher has laid the groundwork for a great future Rams team. And I am a huge Redskins fan.

  40. paintan8 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    The guy is the second highest paid player in the league and has a contract that makes it impossible for him to be traded. Otherwise, he would be gone and the Rams would be picking RG3. He is under no pressure at all.

  41. paintan8 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:59 PM

    stunzeed5 says:
    Mar 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    see wvfinfan above for proof that the average American sports fan is a complete idiot. This fool fell for the “the Skin’s gave up 3 firsts” scam. NEWSFLASH: moving up to the 2nd pick from the 6th in the first round does not = giving up a 1st round pick. The Redskins gave up 2 firsts and a second.

    He is from West Virginia. You don’t have to explain his ignorance to the rest of us.

  42. snikerbotloot says: Mar 11, 2012 1:02 PM

    I’m intrigued to see what he can do with some weapons around him. I will say though, I’d be surprised if Bradford ever has a better season than either Stafford or Newton. RGIII I can see being the 2012 version of Cam Newton.

  43. cali49er707 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:31 PM

    All this coming from a 49er homer. Steven Jackson on the way out? Weren’t his stats about the same as Gore’s who the Ram’s “horrible defense” shut down last year? No wr help..like the 49er’s really have a wr corps! And you mention the Ram’s are on their 3rd Oc in 3 years. Hello genius–your team had 7 different OC’s in Smith’s tenure. My point is I give props to the Niners for their season last year but for you to bash a team that has gone through the sames trials and tribulations of your team is hypocritical at best

    exactly smart guy, thats why i can speak from expierence
    except for the fact we NOW have a young solid o-line, a young stud defense, a OFFENSIVE minded head coach,stabilty at the coordinator position, weapons around the qb, and the fact that our core of players have had 5 plus years of playing together, cap space to add to what was a 13 and 3 club while the lambs are young,suck, and a garbage fan base that makes that dome sound quieter then a library, I HAVE SEEN THIS 1ST HAND

  44. mwcarolina says: Mar 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    there’s pressure, there always will be, but with all these picks, it should help him develop.

  45. colt2011 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    If Rams draft wisely to assist Bradford, he’ll be fine. He needs some protection and someone to throw to.

    As for Skins going for RG3. He’s still an unproven rookie, fresh out of college. There is no guarantee that he’ll be the same talent in NFL as he was at college level. HE is the guy who will feel the pressure. He has more to prove as he enters the ongoing QB battle in Washington. Says he’s ready to compete. Will be interesting.

  46. MichaelEdits says: Mar 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    The Rams also have much better coaching than the Redskins.

  47. thesportgenius says: Mar 11, 2012 1:47 PM

    Fisher putting together a championship team? Since when? The dude’s overall record is pretty average and the Lambs had the #2 pick for a reason…they stink. S. Jax is getting older and there are many holes to fill. The Lambs have been picking high in the draft for years now and are still at the bottom of the barrel. There is no guarantee all those picks will produce championship talent. In fact their track record suggests otherwise. Oh and then there is Captain Bounty as the DC or not. I wouldn’t be planning a parade just yet.

  48. yahmule says: Mar 11, 2012 1:47 PM

    Sam Bradford = Joey Harrington. Accepting this motherlode of picks for RGIII was understandable. Taking Bradford over Suh (and about two dozen other guys) was not.

  49. dcrams20 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:49 PM

    Yes… but is it really any more than any other starting QB? You either perform, or someone replaces you.

  50. clwb419 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:44 PM

    like they had a choice. With most of his contract still on the books, to cut/trade him would have been atrocious for their cap situation.

  51. wberg21 says: Mar 11, 2012 5:00 PM

    RG 3 = Vince Young

  52. efox2088 says: Mar 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    Wasn’t Bradford rookie of the year his first year?

    Cam also had the benefit of the coaching staff changing the offense to fit him – not the opposite.

    Same crap was said about Stafford of Detroit and when they finally got a O-line around him and he got over a couple of fluke injuries, what did he do last year?

    Heck, I’m thinking the Rams are going to be good. The Redskins are the ones that have pressure.

  53. mightyquinn69 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    #1 Add LT from New Orleans, #2Daft Richardson RD1 Pk #6, add WR & CB Rd2 Pk 37 & 39, and add Vontaze Burfit, with 3rd Rd pick. Rams will win 6-8 games this year.

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