After a terrific rookie year, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has mixed feelings about learning a new offense under Josh McDaniels.
“Part of me’s a little bit frustrated,” Bradford said Wednesday to Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman. “I was really looking forward to spending more time in the West Coast [offense] and really getting into detail this offseason.”
Then again, Bradford recognizes that working under a new offensive boss could be a boost.
“But part of me’s extremely excited to be working with Josh McDaniels. If you look at what he’s done with some of his offenses and some of his quarterbacks in the past, as a quarterback you can’t not be excited to be in one of those offenses,” Bradford said.
Those two quotes probably sum up how Rams fans feel right about now. Making Bradford learn a second system with a new quarterbacks coach is not ideal for your No. 1 overall pick coming off a promising campaign. Then again, it’s hard to argue with McDaniels’ track record.
McDaniels and Bradford haven’t even met yet, which we find rather odd. (Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith are old pals and Smith isn’t even signed for 2011.)
“I’m sure [I’ll meet McDaniels] sometime down the road,” Bradford said. “When that is, I don’t know.”
McDaniels would be wise to set up a meeting before a possible work stoppage, so Bradford can start to help teach the new offense to his teammates over the offseason.
Bradford and the Rams offense may have to take a step back early in 2011 to take two steps forward in the future.