Jeff Fisher says Sam Bradford trade report was “inaccurate”

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Jeff Fisher made it clear Friday morning that he wants to keep Sam Bradford.

But he also made it clear he needs an option to the oft-injured quarterback going into this season.

Speaking at the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine, Fisher said reports that Bradford was allowed to seek a trade were “inaccurate,” but stressed that the Rams are definitely going to be adding to the position.

“I don’t know what that’s going to look like,” Fisher said. “It could be a veteran, could be a draft pick, . . .

“But it’s extremely important to have an option, yes.”

Fisher pointed out that Bradford is 5-2-1 against the NFC West during his time there. Of course, Fisher has been there three years now, so playing in eight of 18 possible division games also might be considered a negative.

Fisher also mentioned Shaun Hill and Austin Davis, probably out of courtesy as much as anything else. But it’s obvious the Rams want to have a dependable Plan B on hand in case Bradford ends up hurt again.

But they are going to lengths to make sure the former first-round pick feels comfortable, down to staffing hires. They consulted with Bradford before promoting quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to offensive coordinator. And with that promotion, they wanted to backfill the position coach job with a former player.

They interviewed former NFL quarterbacks Jeff Garcia and Steve Walsh before hiring Chris Weinke, and Fisher said Weinke and Bradford had dinner during the process.

Fisher lauded Weinke, who had previously worked as a private quarterback instructor at the IMG Academy, and had helped prepare Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and others.

“The respect level from a player’s standpoint is very high,” Fisher said of getting a former player on staff. “We’re going to have a young quarterback, and I don’t think there’s anybody better to coach one.”

Of course, the priority is going to be Bradford, as long as he’s able.

22 responses to “Jeff Fisher says Sam Bradford trade report was “inaccurate”

  1. No one is taking on that contract. And Bradford knows it’s the last time he’s seeing this kind of money, so he’s not restructuring. He’s the last of the expensive, old-school high pick busts.

  2. It is amazing how far you can get if the media likes you. Jeff Fisher finished his 20th season as a head coach in the NFL, he’s had just 6 winning seasons. He’s a media darling.

  3. “It is amazing how far you can get if the media likes you. Jeff Fisher finished his 20th season as a head coach in the NFL, he’s had just 6 winning seasons. He’s a media darling.”

    Agreed. I don’t get it, and it’s not just the media. When the Rams fire him after another two years of not making the playoffs, he’ll be out of work for five minutes before someone snatched him up.

  4. Jeff Fisher is a hell of a HC, but some people only look at stats and therefore wouldn’t know a good HC from a bad one.

  5. Fisher and his GM share the same agent…that’s probable the reason.

    Bradford’s contract is ~$13 million base, which is all any team trading for him would be on the hook for (Rams would absorb the signing bonus pro-ration). They could probable restructure that as well, so money’s not that big a deal. It’s the lack of evidence that he’s any good. He’s turned in too many incomplete seasons.

  6. “Bradford’s contract is ~$13 million base, which is all any team trading for him would be on the hook for (Rams would absorb the signing bonus pro-ration). They could probable restructure that as well, so money’s not that big a deal. ”

    $13,000,000 for a player who can’t stay on the field and hasn’t shown he’d be any good if he did … and that’s not a big deal?

  7. @Joe Toronto

    Yeah right. Fisher has had more early draft picks than any gone else in the west. Add the RG3 picks. He has only drafted defense every year. The rams have always finished in last place in division due to the fact they can’t score

    8-8 again

  8. If Jeff Garcia asks you to dinner, it’s not because he wants to talk about your throwing motion.

  9. I feel for Bradford but if I’m St Louis you gotta cut him or trade him. What if he goes somewhere else and is successful? Oh well. You can’t spend any more time on it. Every year its been the same story with him. I hope he eventually stays healthy and finds success but if I’m Fisher, he’s out.

  10. seatownballers says:
    Feb 20, 2015 12:43 PM
    @Joe Toronto

    Yeah right. Fisher has had more early draft picks than any gone else in the west. Add the RG3 picks. He has only drafted defense every year. The rams have always finished in last place in division due to the fact they can’t score

    8-8 again
    **********************************************
    You have no idea what you’re talking about, keep eating your stats though.

  11. IF the Rams relocate to LA….PLEASE keep Fisher in St. Louis or just fire him. He is no Billicheck for sure or even a Coughlin or a Tomlin or a Carroll or a Harbaugh or…..I could go on for another 25 names.

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