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Jeff Fisher thinks Sam Bradford can become the best quarterback in the NFL

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New Rams coach Jeff Fisher decided to keep the quarterback he inherited, Sam Bradford, rather than draft a franchise quarterback of the future, after talking to many of the people he respects most around the NFL and concluding that Bradford has the potential to be the best quarterback in football.

“There’s no doubt,” Fisher said on Mike and Mike in the Morning. “There’s a number of friends of mine in the league that know the league, and I had one of them tell me during the process that they thought Sam may be one of the better quarterbacks — or the best quarterback — in the league, he just hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet. That weighed very heavily in my opinion. Very, very impressive player. I think he has a tremendous upside.”

Bradford was the first overall pick in 2010, the final year before the new rookie wage scale was implemented, which means that if he becomes anything less than a great quarterback, the Rams are overpaying for his services. Fisher also pointed out that the rookie wage scale made the Redskins willing to give the Rams a bounty of picks — three first-rounders and a second-rounder — in order to move up to No. 2 overall, because the Redskins know they won’t have to pay Robert Griffin III the kind of monster rookie contract that Bradford got.

“We ended up, at the end of the day, with a great deal,” Fisher said. “Washington’s really excited and we’re really excited.”

Fisher also said he never would have hired Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator if he had known that Williams was about to be indefinitely suspended, but he also said he’s open to hiring Williams in the future if Williams is ever reinstated to the NFL.

“Gregg is very, very remorseful at this point — he regrets everything that took place,” Fisher said.

That remorse came only after Williams got caught, however, and too late to save his spot on the Rams’ coaching staff.

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63 Responses to “Jeff Fisher thinks Sam Bradford can become the best quarterback in the NFL”
  1. castleofcheese says: Apr 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    Aaron Rodgers doesn’t think so.

  2. joetoronto says: Apr 13, 2012 9:12 AM

    He could very well be but they have to beef up his protection, or they’ll have another Marc Bulger on their hands.

  3. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    The Steelers are vastly superior to the rest of the league in too many ways to list. The glory is unsurpassed. The bar has been set so incredibly high, and for that, we are sorry.

    This is why after we will our 7th this year we will leave this pathetic league and start our own out of the greatness that is Steel. The foundation will be so strong. The Steelers organization will be divided into eight. Wow. PURE non-Steeler football players deemed Steeler quality will be allowed to fill roster spots. Whoa, we are so gracious.

    Until then, bow. Bow to our unrivaled achievements and watch as a shower in confetti. Watch as we climb the mountains that we placed. While we watch you peasants whimper in your corner, unsuccessful, dreaming of joining the SFL. Maybe in another life. Sorry.

  4. waltdawg says: Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    I believe “Europe” was left off of your headline. Remember to always proof before posting

  5. sj39 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:15 AM

    He’s right. Now it’s up to him to help make it happen. Thankfully Fisher is head and shoulders above any coach Sam has had yet.

  6. hpeters77 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:15 AM

    It’s too early to be hearing bs out of fisher mouth

  7. sean6886 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    Has he run that by Flacco?

  8. talkingheadsknowall says: Apr 13, 2012 9:17 AM

    Fisher is drinking Al Davis brand cool aid

  9. skito13 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:17 AM

    Sam just needs some recievers HEALTHY and protection. A change of pace back that is not ancient ,SJ39 still is a beast. Look forward to the Rams 2012 model.
    Gregg W. was wrong but ,everyone deserves a second chance,alot of what he preached was football.

  10. kwgator says: Apr 13, 2012 9:17 AM

    No he can’t

  11. 69firebird says: Apr 13, 2012 9:18 AM

    This just in! …. Scientist now believe water is wet! When asked how wet, one scientist said its the wettest I’ve ever seen!

  12. brutus9448 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:18 AM

    didn’t he say the same thing about vince young at some point? When did fisher ever develop a QB?

  13. garyman1 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:22 AM

    What do you expect him to say ?

    He can’t say publicly “our quarterback is a decent, second tier player…probably rated between 10 and 20 on the list of best quarterbacks”.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 13, 2012 9:24 AM

    He very well could…..you know, under a different coach who actually cares about things like offense and receivers and the passing game…..

  15. packerfan1000 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    I don’t know about that. He’ll have to beat out Joe Flacco first.

  16. db3300 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:00 AM

    “There’s a number of friends of mine in the league that know the league, and I had one of them tell me during the process that they thought Sam may be one of the better quarterbacks…”

    Fisher has been in the NFL for 31 years – 27 of those years as a coach and 18 of those as a head coach. Should a guy with that many years in the NFL have to take the word of friends on how good a QB he has?

  17. nesportsfan0428 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:00 AM

    The Rams aren’t a bad team, last year was just an injury plagued year. It’s hard to be good when most of your top players all tear their ACLs and your QB has 1.5 seconds to throw a ball thats going to be dropped.

  18. vegaskid21 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:02 AM

    Even Mark Sanchez is laughing after reading this.

  19. kenny328usa says: Apr 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    What else was he gonna say

  20. skinshail says: Apr 13, 2012 10:10 AM

    You could have had RG3!

  21. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Apr 13, 2012 10:10 AM

    And my mother thinks I’m the smartest guy in the room also.

  22. seatownballers says: Apr 13, 2012 10:11 AM

    Bold statement coming from a coach that hasn’t coached this qb yet. I know the guy is talented but he will get injured if he isn’t protected. What weapons is he throwing to?

  23. houstonraven says: Apr 13, 2012 10:20 AM

    Thanks for taking Flacco off the front page for us, Jeff.

  24. tatatoothy says: Apr 13, 2012 10:23 AM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    The Steelers are vastly superior to the rest of the league in too many ways to list. The glory is unsurpassed. The bar has been set so incredibly high, and for that, we are sorry.

    This is why after we will our 7th this year we will leave this pathetic league and start our own out of the greatness that is Steel. The foundation will be so strong. The Steelers organization will be divided into eight. Wow. PURE non-Steeler football players deemed Steeler quality will be allowed to fill roster spots. Whoa, we are so gracious.

    Until then, bow. Bow to our unrivaled achievements and watch as a shower in confetti. Watch as we climb the mountains that we placed. While we watch you peasants whimper in your corner, unsuccessful, dreaming of joining the SFL. Maybe in another life. Sorry.
    ___________________________________

    I appreciate a person who takes the time to put together a diatribe of this magnitude, especially when it is completely irrelevant to the thread topic.

    This is from what legend is made. These are the words of a fan who truly loves his team.

    Of course, it is also a strong indicator that this guy has a tiny manhood and any females who have seen it laughed at him.

  25. geo1113 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    db3300 says:
    Fisher has been in the NFL for 31 years – 27 of those years as a coach and 18 of those as a head coach. Should a guy with that many years in the NFL have to take the word of friends on how good a QB he has?
    ——————————-

    Actually, it is smart to seek out opinions other than your own when evaluating talent and trying to decide the future direction of your team.

  26. mwcarolina says: Apr 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    Even Mark Sanchez is laughing after reading this.
    ——————————————————
    if he is laughing, he shouldnt because i think Bradford is better than him. now if he’s laughing at anything it’s the fact that his offensive coordinator isnt that good and Sanchez knows it.

    As for the statement, it’s Fisher showing confidence in his QB and i think he does have that potential, but alot needs to happen to fullfill that potential.

  27. massappeal12345 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    Jeff Fisher thinks Sam Bradford can become the best quarterback in the NFL

    Sure, maybe when Brady turns 42.

  28. thehighhat says: Apr 13, 2012 10:36 AM

    So thats what Fisher was doing in his time off… practicing his comedy routine!

    Bardfurd will be mediocre at best. Book it.

  29. socalmaverick says: Apr 13, 2012 10:36 AM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation…….

  30. situsavaisprier says: Apr 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    Anything CAN happen. That’s really the problem usually. People think that can means will, is, does, etc. Can is about someones capability. Bradford can very well make it up there IMO. Now regarding will I don’t think he will. I also don’t agree with one of Fisher’s friends ssaying that he may be one of the best. That is where I’ll say something.

  31. bchapman2011 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:41 AM

    No way Bradford becomes the best QB especially with Fisher as coach……He is known for his predictable and boring offenses. Remember his Titan offenses? Pound the ball up the middle with Eddie George on 1st and 2nd down and then a short Mcnair pass on 3rd. The one I feel bad for is Stephen Jackson. He has been overused his entire career and this will increase with Fisher. He uses up his running backs more than any other coach.

  32. ninerdynasty says: Apr 13, 2012 10:43 AM

    One week he is listening to trade options for him, next week he says he could be the best QB in the league.. hmm BSer pattern anyway?

  33. beastup22 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:50 AM

    Bradford got out played by T-Jax, he is way over-rated. Look up his stats all he does is throw the check down every time. He needs to crack the top 15 before he or his coach can say anything.

  34. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Apr 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    Sure he can – if every one else starts sucking.

    Seriously I do like his potential to become top 7 in the league.

  35. stonecld33 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:59 AM

    Wow I haven’t heard that since the last time I heard it!

  36. tinbender2000 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    @steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh
    Congratulations on typing so many letters with you’re nose. After all, how else does one type while in a strait jacket? Oh, and for what it’s worth, give it up dude. Big Ben’s married now, he’s not going to let you into the bathroom stall with him.

  37. beretta96d says: Apr 13, 2012 11:01 AM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM
    The Steelers are vastly superior to the rest of the league in too many ways to list. The glory is unsurpassed. The bar has been set so incredibly high, and for that, we are sorry.

    This is why after we will our 7th this year we will leave this pathetic league and start our own out of the greatness that is Steel. The foundation will be so strong. The Steelers organization will be divided into eight. Wow. PURE non-Steeler football players deemed Steeler quality will be allowed to fill roster spots. Whoa, we are so gracious.

    Until then, bow. Bow to our unrivaled achievements and watch as a shower in confetti. Watch as we climb the mountains that we placed. While we watch you peasants whimper in your corner, unsuccessful, dreaming of joining the SFL. Maybe in another life. Sorry.

    My sister is a psychiatrist, and she can definitely help you with some counselling and medication. Dimentia can have some serious effects if not treated promptly!

  38. gweez76 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:01 AM

    Shanny just told him that because he wanted RG3. Is there any doubt that’s who thee friend was?

  39. yahmule says: Apr 13, 2012 11:02 AM

    Jeff Fisher sustained quite a number of concussions during his playing career. The only possible explanation for hyping up Joey Harrington Jr to this degree.

    Anyway, no pressure, Sam.

  40. phinfan says: Apr 13, 2012 11:02 AM

    Not as long as Brady is in the league.

  41. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 13, 2012 11:04 AM

    We can sneer at this, but at least Fisher has confidence in his young qb. That’s far-and-away better than the current mess in Cleveland, where the coach and management time and again have thrown Colt McCoy under the bus.

  42. cannonballdookie says: Apr 13, 2012 11:14 AM

    I’ve officially heard it all.

  43. truths4all says: Apr 13, 2012 11:34 AM

    While the Steelers were beasts during the Terry Bradshaw years, what present day num-nuts Steelers fan will forever keep a blind eye and never face reality is the NFL has had it officiating crews go out of their ways to give the Steelers the huge benefits of many terrible calls. It goes without saying that the Steelers needed these calls to win their recent Super Bowls. Unfortunately, the truth will never show up that the NFL cheated for the Steelers to give them their last two Super Bowl titles. The real sad truth is the NFL (in fear of their financial lives of litigation by past players) have rightfully hammered the Taints, but keep going on doing everything they can to give the Rooney family more bogus titles. I, for one, would like to know what hold the Rooney family have over the NFL that forces the NFL to cheat for them and rob other teams of fair play.

  44. billsfan27 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:45 AM

    This is Bradford’s year. SF will take a minor step back with Smith. Seattle and AZ will flatline.

    By season’s end, the Rams and Niners will be neck and neck for division, giving the edge to the Niners. But Bradford will have a coming-out party.

    Not the kind Jeff Garcia had…

  45. eastbayboss says: Apr 13, 2012 12:05 PM

    Bradford plays scared to me

  46. jebdamone says: Apr 13, 2012 12:05 PM

    people trash talking sam have to look at what he is working with. his offensive line is a sieve. he is constantly sacked and hit. this also means that he has been playing beat up. also, other than brandon loyd he has had zero receiving threats since he has been with the rams.
    i feel sorry for the guy. when he was drafted i thought he had potential to be the best QB in the league and think that he still does if he can get some decent pieces surrounding him.

  47. jglion says: Apr 13, 2012 12:10 PM

    He may wind up being a fine quarterback eventually, but right now he’s not even rightfully in the conversation. A young quarterback who does belong is Matthew Stafford, who when he wasn’t injured his first two years, played very well, and when he played a full season last year, he was brilliant.

  48. thewassabi says: Apr 13, 2012 12:18 PM

    Rams super bowl bound in 5 to 6 yrs you watch, i respect and love fisher as a coach he’ll get it done.

  49. conormacleod says: Apr 13, 2012 12:28 PM

    Sure are a lot of Rams fans on the thread today.

  50. johntonioholmes says: Apr 13, 2012 12:39 PM

    I’m thinking that steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh
    is not really a Steelers fan.

    Don’t get me wrong, Steelers fans have been known to say some dumb things (no different than any other fan base), but that post is fantastically stupid.

    I have to give credit to any hater who would go out of his way to make a fanbase look bad.

  51. chawk12thman says: Apr 13, 2012 12:44 PM

    Even Bradford doesn’t believe him!

  52. NoWearMan says: Apr 13, 2012 12:48 PM

    What exactly does the banished defensive coordinator have to do with a piece on the quarterback?

    Pretty pathetic, MDS. And lazy.

    “Jeff Fisher talks Sam Bradford and Gregg Williams”. THERE. A much more accurate headling that describes your “piece”.

  53. pilarvirus says: Apr 13, 2012 12:53 PM

    Yeah, I agree with this statement. He actually can, he’s a great QB even with crappy WR.

  54. alaricsrevenge says: Apr 13, 2012 12:56 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM
    The Steelers are vastly superior to the rest of the league in too many ways to list. The glory is unsurpassed. The bar has been set so incredibly high, and for that, we are sorry.

    This is why after we will our 7th this year we will leave this pathetic league and start our own out of the greatness that is Steel. The foundation will be so strong. The Steelers organization will be divided into eight. Wow. PURE non-Steeler football players deemed Steeler quality will be allowed to fill roster spots. Whoa, we are so gracious.

    Until then, bow. Bow to our unrivaled achievements and watch as a shower in confetti. Watch as we climb the mountains that we placed. While we watch you peasants whimper in your corner, unsuccessful, dreaming of joining the SFL. Maybe in another life. Sorry.

    ———————————————–

    You’ve been copying and pasting this same crap since you won against AZ, which in fact if there was TD replay that year you would of lost because Holmes only had one foot down, his right foot was caught in his left cleat and never touched the ground. God you’re so boring now. GO Suxburg STEALers

  55. packerhater says: Apr 13, 2012 12:57 PM

    castleofcheese says: Apr 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    Aaron Rodgers doesn’t think so.

    Thats cuz Rodgers only makes 5-10 yard passes , Bradford can make them all , doesn’t have to just throw on slant routs.

  56. deadeye says: Apr 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    Of course Bradford can become the best QB in the NFL. It only requires a midair collision between the Broncos, Saints, Packers, Patriots, Panthers, and Giants jetliners with no QBs surviving.

  57. skins99 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:44 PM

    The Rams would unload this overrated salary-cap drain in a second if they could find someone dumb enough to take on his contract

  58. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    @steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh

    Back in the days, trolling meant something.

  59. sb8ramsfan says: Apr 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    I’m so ready for Sam to be able to show everyone what he can really do!

  60. alldonesmith says: Apr 13, 2012 3:36 PM

    Come on Rams fans, even YOU know this is ridiculous. Aaron Rodgers is playing the QB position at a level that the NFL has never seen. And this is coming from a 49ers fan who was spoiled with Joe Montana and Steve Young. Maybe a more realistic goal for Bradford this year would be to rebound to the promise he showed in his rookie year, instead of talking about how he can become the best QB in the NFL. Baby steps, guys.

  61. darthhitman77 says: Apr 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    Didn’t Bradford return for his senior year as to not be drafted by Detroit? Stafford wanted to be that pick, and when healthy, has destroyed records and took that 0-16 team that drafted him to the playoffs. This Lions fan thanks you Sam, I like ya personally but Stafford wanted it, he got it and he’s getting it

  62. GG Eden says: Apr 13, 2012 6:07 PM

    Which friend in the league told you that, Jeff? Gregg Williams?

  63. dan4rams says: Apr 14, 2012 3:21 AM

    I can tell the Circus, is in town. All the clowns, are trying to make all the people laugh. Fisher is going to try to lead this young QB, into a new start. One that follows the worst five years for any NFL team in history. So, if his friend and he thinks he can be great then great. We don’t care what the rest of the league thinks, right now. It’s for the future, to see. Starting now. Go get it, Jeff and Bradford.

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