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Jeff Fisher: Everyone says they’re ahead of schedule, Bradford really is


In the last few years, so many players recovering from torn ACLs have been described as “ahead of schedule” that it seems like everyone in the league has begun viewing ACL tears through rose-colored glasses. But in the case of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, coach Jeff Fisher says he really, truly is ahead of schedule.

“You’re not gonna hear a head coach say he has a player on his team that’s not ahead of schedule coming off an ACL. Everybody says they’re all ahead of schedule. But he is realistically way ahead of schedule. He’s working hard,” Fisher said of Bradford, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Still, a torn ACL is serious business, and when the Rams open their offseason program today, Bradford won’t be able to do everything. Bradford is, however, on pace to be throwing during Organized Team Activities.

“Sam’s in a very good place considering what happened last year,” Fisher said. “I thought he was off to a great start. Had he stayed healthy his projected numbers could’ve been quite impressive. He’s worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTAs.”

Bradford tore his ACL six months ago, on October 20.

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28 Responses to “Jeff Fisher: Everyone says they’re ahead of schedule, Bradford really is”
  1. victorycruz says: Apr 21, 2014 6:42 AM

    Ahead of schedule??? So he’s already on the IR for the 2014 season?? Wow, he broke his own record.

  2. tobywalker47 says: Apr 21, 2014 7:10 AM

    … I’m a little indifferent when it comes to Sam. I mean on one end of the stick he makes me feel like he’s ultimately of one of those “Weeden-esque” draft-picks that you would want to clear from memory and move on from, but then again, he has yet to REALLY give us a full-serving of what he has to offer a franchise.

    In any case though, it would certainly seem to be drawing nearer to judgement day for this guy, and I’m surprised the Rams’ patience with him has lasted this long – he must be showing them something to have them holding on to the prayer that is his tremendously overpriced rookie-contract.

  3. scottd65 says: Apr 21, 2014 7:35 AM


  4. peddealer says: Apr 21, 2014 7:37 AM

    Until I see a crane kick from ol Sammy boy like at the end of the Karate Kid, he’s still behind schedule….

  5. dartmouthstevens says: Apr 21, 2014 7:59 AM

    Now if the Rams would only get an O-Line so that he could throw on schedule instead of always running for his life.

  6. sb44champs says: Apr 21, 2014 8:12 AM

    Too bad Bradford stinks even when he’s 100%

  7. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 21, 2014 9:03 AM

    Sam Bradford likely needs to bounce back with a big year this year, especially given the number of potential NFL starting QB’s in this draft; and the fact that he has two years left on his contract, so a decision will have to be made on him fairly soon. He needs to show that he can stay on the field and produce. Which becomes more problematic for him the longer it takes to come back fully from his ACL.

  8. floratiotime says: Apr 21, 2014 9:13 AM

    Everyone says that too.

  9. beardinals says: Apr 21, 2014 9:29 AM

    Maybe it’s time we change the ACL schedule.

  10. nflsucker says: Apr 21, 2014 9:30 AM

    So now we know:

    “He’s REALLY on schedule ” is the new, “He’s on schedule”.

  11. baddegg says: Apr 21, 2014 9:32 AM

    “All in for Week One?”

  12. realdealsteel says: Apr 21, 2014 9:36 AM

    I”m not sold on Bradford. They’d better take another QB somewhere in this draft. Bradford has bust written on him.

  13. ravens2xworldchamps says: Apr 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    Still couldn’t be at the ravens

  14. ravens2xworldchamps says: Apr 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    Still couldn’t be at the ravens

  15. jwh8541 says: Apr 21, 2014 10:51 AM

    Bust is too strong but definitely an under-achiever.

    Sad thing is I think he could be a dynamic QB with better coaching.

    3 years with Mcdaniels and Schottenwhatsis he looks like that same rookie stiff in the pocket throwing 5 yard passes.

  16. turbolove says: Apr 21, 2014 11:19 AM

    Whenever people dog Sam Bradford it reminds me that people only have short-term memory. The kid was great his rookie year (which was what, three years ago), I think he has a bright future ahead and this is coming from a hawks fan.

  17. myronjax says: Apr 21, 2014 11:19 AM

    This IS a big year for Bradford. Unfortunately for him, and Rams fans, he has never had a quality O-line protecting him, or NFL quality receivers to throw to. In his 4 years he has had @ 25 different O-linemen in front of him-most are out of the league now-, and had to throw to the likes of these future HOFers: Laurent Robinson, Greg Salas, Mardy Gilyard, Brandon Gibson, Austin Pettis, Brian Quick, Keenan Burton..and the list goes on. The only WR worth anything was Danny Amendola, who couldn’t stay healthy. The Rams roster is, at least, looking like an NFL roster now so there is hope….i hope 🙂

  18. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 21, 2014 11:33 AM

    Injuries have been a problem for him, sometimes due to shoddy protection; and he hasn’t always had much to throw to. He was playing very well last season before he got hurt. He needs to get healthy, stay reasonably healthy, and produce this year…start really living up to his ability and potential. Pretty much as simple as that…

  19. 80sbroncofan says: Apr 21, 2014 11:52 AM

    Can’t wait to watch Bradford bounce balls off his receivers chests, hands and the back of their helmets again.

  20. rajbais says: Apr 21, 2014 11:58 AM

    Even though Bradford’s QB development is “behind” Ryan Tannehill’s, Mike Glennon’s, and Russell Wilson’s.

    The guy is not a franchise QB.

    How can he be given weapons for the first time ever and stink?

  21. mrwalterisgod says: Apr 21, 2014 12:23 PM

    Great players don’t 4 years to “develop”. He’s just a decent QB, not a great one.

  22. mrwalterisgod says: Apr 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    Here’s the thing about the “Bradford has no receivers or lineman” argument: Great QB’s make EVERYONE around them better. Andrew Luck plays with a ton of average players like Bradford has, but Luck goes 4,000+ yards and wins games. Bradford throws out mediocre performance after mediocre performance for single good one. At what point do you decide his ceiling just isn’t that high?

  23. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 21, 2014 12:55 PM

    with everyone he is specifically talking bout the patriots and gronkowski

  24. Go-Hawks! says: Apr 21, 2014 1:48 PM

    Ahead of schedule and can’t do everything in OTAs?

    Sam Bradford tore his ACL on October 20th and is “really” ahead of schedule. Meanwhile Sidney Rice tore his ACL the following week on October 28th (against the Rams) and was cleared last week.

    So, who’s “really” ahead of schedule?

  25. rbbbuehs says: Apr 21, 2014 3:12 PM

    just don’t make the same mistake we made with Kurt, the Rams have not given Sam a fair trial, look at RG3 has he done better than Sam ????

  26. jwh8541 says: Apr 21, 2014 9:21 PM

    omg you are clueless. comparing warner to bradford?
    ok i can’t even start there but bradford’s had 4 years to show something and he hasn’t. and quit blaming the line and the receivers. a good qb makes plays despite circumstances. this guy throws 5 yard passes.

  27. jbq2 says: Apr 22, 2014 8:26 AM

    Bradford rightfully won the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Oklahoma. I saw the incident where the University of Texas dismantled his shoulder. He did not play his senior year. I don’t think that his throwing shoulder has ever been the same. He is a good quarterback for that reason and not great. The Rams are probably moving back to L.A. after the season. Their lease expires and they will need a one billion dollar new stadium. Not gonna happen in St. Louis. They give him a last shot and then bring in a new quarterback. Who wouldn’t want to play for a rejuvenated Rams team in L.A.? Rosie Greer may want to come back. Crazy Legs would come out of the grave to wear the “blue and gold”. The Rams could then throw away those new “black and blue” uniforms.

  28. garyhd01 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:02 PM

    in order to make everyone better requires a bit more than you think andrew luck was getting battered but his guys were running the right routes and getting open not to mention catching the ball when it hit them and while you may say he is no kurt warner he never had orlando pace blocking and torry holt isaac bruce azir hakim hell the only close comparison is ricky proehl to amendola. that said this has to be the year but my guess is with one solid o lineman a full time commitment to the run game and a couple pieces on the defense for williams we will be much improved!! GO RAMS

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