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Fisher worries offseason rules could stunt Bradford’s development


During Jeff Fisher’s year away from football, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was adopted that, among other things, changed the rules about contact between coaches and players during the offseason. Now that Fisher is back, he worries about the impact of those rules on his quarterback in St. Louis, Sam Bradford.

“We would love to have our quarterback upstairs and get him involved in the system as he would like to be up there,” Fisher said, via Mike Sando of, “but we can’t have him in the building.”

Fisher thinks teams like St. Louis, where a new coaching staff has to teach a new system to a young quarterback, are at a disadvantage under these new rules.

“In a quarterback-driven league, it would make sense that you could at least be given an opportunity to develop your quarterbacks or meet with them during the offseason,” Fisher said. “Hopefully, these things will be revisited. Again, I’m not being critical of the new collective bargaining agreement; I’m just saying that’s the biggest change that I notice.”

And it’s a change that Fisher thinks could hold Bradford back.

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36 Responses to “Fisher worries offseason rules could stunt Bradford’s development”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 15, 2012 6:38 AM

    That’s funny because Cam Newton and Andy Dalton didn’t even have of seasons and they seemed fine.

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 15, 2012 6:43 AM

    This rule isn’t what’s holding BUSTford back, it’s the fact that he’s a noodle-armed Big 12 system QB from Jokelahoma. The dude’s name is literally an anagram for “Badd for Rams”

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 15, 2012 6:43 AM

    Sam “Badd for Rams” Bradford

  4. xmnojox says: Mar 15, 2012 6:50 AM

    Bradford is not only one younq QB in league. Cry me a river, mr. Fisher.

  5. ramcountry says: Mar 15, 2012 6:53 AM

    Sam Bradford’s name is also literally an anagram for Dads Farm Bro. Spooky.

    Teams have to adapt. That’s still three months that Sam can use Schottenheimer’s playbook as a pillow between now and the start of training camp. And he can talk to his OC anytime he wants.(after April 16) I see that as two big advantages over this time last year.

  6. jiggy3198 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:59 AM

    You guys are crazy wasn’t He ROOKIE of the year and almost led the Rams to the division title. I think now if he had some weapon to be much better. he didn’t have any last year and they stink not his fault. If coaches thought he was that bad they would maybe have taken RG three. Instead they are giving him up to get a receiver

  7. staffordwives9999 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:00 AM

    So fisher and the coaches are actually going to follow the rules ? Sounds like excuses, covering his butt wishing he had RGIII.

  8. mikea311 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:02 AM

    This is dumb. so a QB cant have contact with his coaches becuase the rules say they cant?

    This is why unions suck.

    If a player wants to have contact, let him have contact.

  9. makeshersquirt says: Mar 15, 2012 7:03 AM

    Fisher worries offseason rules could stunt Bradford’s development

    -I think Josh McDaniels already succeeded in stunting his growth.

  10. kgunforhire says: Mar 15, 2012 7:11 AM

    How about the garbage o-line and void at the WR corps? Bradford is a solid QB but like any other QB in the league, needs complimentary pieces in order to succeed. The kid isn’t a moron and this isn’t the first time he’s had to adopt a new system.

  11. mikeyhigs says: Mar 15, 2012 7:12 AM

    It’s ridiculous that teams are limited from asking their millionaire workers to work all year. And it wasn’t even all year before. I understand having no physical contact but this is stupid.

  12. cuda1234 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:14 AM

    Too bad Fisher doesn’t have an older brother who used to coach and knows the offense (and works on MNF). I bet that would help a rookie qb who isn’t allowed to meet with the staff……

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 15, 2012 7:15 AM

    It’s called Skype and you can share your screen. Embrace technology or be left behind.

  14. sj39 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:26 AM

    A lot of geniuses commenting today. Anyway, I’ve been wondering since the new CBA, is it that the players can’t have contact with the coaches or that they can’t be forced to? Is it that they are prohibited from have more than x amount of practices with pads or that they can’t be forced to but can if they want to?

  15. jcdavey2011 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:33 AM

    isn’t fisher one of the bounty guys? i guess the disliking of rules is normal for him then

  16. ninerrob52 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:50 AM

    Cry me a river. What about all of the rookie QBs who had to go almost an entire offseason without speaking to their coach? Or the rookie coaches like Harbaugh.

    Bradford is widely thought of as a good QB. He’s not a rookie. Plus its a rule all of the teams have to follow. So what is the problem?

  17. ilcattivo118 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:53 AM

    This gives Sam May, June, July, August and half of April to learn Marty’s system. Pretty much 3 months more than he got learning McDaniel’s system.

    I reckon Sam will be just fine….

  18. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: Mar 15, 2012 8:00 AM

    A lot of geniuses commenting today. Anyway, I’ve been wondering since the new CBA, is it that the players can’t have contact with the coaches or that they can’t be forced to? Is it that they are prohibited from have more than x amount of practices with pads or that they can’t be forced to but can if they want to?
    That’s a good question. I just heard Cutler on the radio and he said something about talking to (QB coach) about putting the old plays back in from Denver. Maybe the player has to contact the coach. Maybe this is Fisher’s way of saying “Get your @$$ in here”.

  19. Peter Venkman says: Mar 15, 2012 8:09 AM

    aaroncurryisbust says:
    Mar 15, 2012 6:43 AM
    This rule isn’t what’s holding BUSTford back, it’s the fact that he’s a noodle-armed Big 12 system QB from Jokelahoma. The dude’s name is literally an anagram for “Badd for Rams”

    I suppose when you’re always sitting in your mom’s basement, you have a lot of time to think up stuff like this.

  20. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: Mar 15, 2012 8:09 AM

    I just listened to the interview again and Cutler says he was “just over there in the office” duscussing plays.

  21. jsprunner says: Mar 15, 2012 8:21 AM

    This is not about Bradford. Fisher is just laying the early groundwork for yet another 8-8 (or worse) season. Never too soon to get that started…..

  22. pgui88 says: Mar 15, 2012 8:41 AM

    It’s a stupid rule

  23. gmoneyfunkytown says: Mar 15, 2012 8:43 AM

    I can’t believe I read these articles anymore. Where is Fisher quoted as saying he is worried about anything or that he thinks it’s going to stunt Bradford’s development?

    The headline has nothing to do with the quotes. I am guessing there is not much of an editing process on this site.

  24. jm91rs says: Mar 15, 2012 8:45 AM

    I have no love for the Rams or Jeff Fisher, but everyone here isn’t thinking logically about these comments. You can all say cry me a river or compare this to last year with Cam and Andy, but think about it. Did Jeff Fisher call up and say “hey, i got something I wanna complain about”??? Nope, they asked him for an interview. And they likely posed a question like “you were out last year when the new CBA went into effect, what changes are you seeing now that you’re back?” or “how is sam doing with the new offense?” Then PFT takes the answer to that and makes it look like Fisher is a whiner. Which is of course what they love to do on this site.

  25. smh35 says: Mar 15, 2012 8:47 AM

    Everyone who is acting like Bradford is horrible: I assume you’re the same people who were talking crap about Eli Manning early in his career? Give him some time. Damn.

  26. brutus9448 says: Mar 15, 2012 8:48 AM

    cry me a river fisher. All the meeting;s in the world won’t change bradford.

  27. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 15, 2012 9:06 AM

    Don’t worry Jeff. If Brian Schottenheimer can do the same job with Bradford as he did with Sanchez then you have nothing to worry…………..oh wait.

    Never mind.

  28. derfshambeaux says: Mar 15, 2012 9:13 AM

    Good thing Fisher isn’t using his position on the Competition Committee to leverage rule changes that positively impact his team. Oh wait…

  29. ganggreen27 says: Mar 15, 2012 9:22 AM

    The only thing that will stunt Bradford’s development is his new OC, the tumor that was recently removed from Sanchez…I feel bad for Bradford, with his durability issues and questionable O-line, this clown might get him killed.

  30. yahmule says: Mar 15, 2012 9:25 AM

    Fisher already senses he’s inherited Joey Harrington Jr.

  31. jaydog76 says: Mar 15, 2012 9:26 AM

    I agree I think the new rule is BS and I’m sure Tiki would be flabbergasted about it.

  32. mightyleemoon says: Mar 15, 2012 9:29 AM

    To be fair, the rule is a little ridiculous. I could understand them making a rule that does not allow teams to make offseason meetings mandatory. But, if a player wants to get together with a coach to better their craft…why should that be against the rules. It’s like they are trying to make the playing field level for those who are lazy.

  33. CKL says: Mar 15, 2012 9:37 AM

    Competition Committee membership makes some guys into whiners. Or maybe it’s BECAUSE they are whiners that they serve on it. Why do people think Fisher is some great coach anyway? Plus he’s a punk. I would want my HC fired if he pulled a dumb stunt like wearing the opposing QB’s jersey to a public event and saying he just wanted to “feel like a winner”.

  34. oklahomaseahawk says: Mar 15, 2012 9:41 AM

    What I do know is Sam is better than any of you couch potatoes commenting. Fisher just wants to have the best opportunity to succeed & is comparing what he notices should be diffrent. For Sam to be such a Big 12 system QB (As put by somebody who watches to much ESPN) he sure did pickup the pro style offense quick. You can’t blame his #’s when he can’t keep his receivers on the field & his qb coaches & systems keep changing. Maybe if he had the right teachers he’d flourish (See Alex Smith).

  35. themonster49 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:59 PM

    No more Gregg Williams, now he needs a boost at QB. Nice one Fisher.

    Every new QB, as in, the ones who have yet to play a game in the NFL, will be coming into the league in the same situation. Every quarterback that is learning anything at all or is new in any way will be faced with this broad rule that covers every team. This is not specific to the Rams or Bradford or Fisher.

    If nobody is complaining about developing the draft picks, why are you complaining about developing a quarterback who has been in the league for a couple years?

  36. sb8ramsfan says: Mar 16, 2012 3:43 AM

    Go get ’em, Sam!

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