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

AP

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.

63 responses to “Jeff Fisher thinks Sam Bradford can become the best quarterback in the NFL

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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”.

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

  8. “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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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?
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    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.

  13. Even Mark Sanchez is laughing after reading this.
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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. Sure he can – if every one else starts sucking.

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

  19. @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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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”.

  29. 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.

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    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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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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