Five Reasons Why Rams Should Trade Bradford
By Joe Vastola
With the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft the St. Louis Rams selected Sam Bradford. Bradford had a storied college career at Oklahoma and was highly touted when he entered the league. Bradford, in his fourth season, has shown flashes of high-caliber play at times. Overall, the would-be franchise quarterback just hasn’t been consistent. Here are five reasons why I believe the Rams are better off parting ways with Bradford.
1. Injuries: One of the most important qualities in a quarterback is durability. It doesn’t matter how good you are because if you can’t stay healthy and perform on Sundays, then you're just collecting a paycheck. Bradford missed all but three games in his final season at Oklahoma with a shoulder injury. In his second year with the Rams, he missed six games with a high ankle sprain and will miss the remainder of this season with a torn ACL. That's doesn't bode well for either party.
2. His Statistics Don’t Impress: When you think of franchise quarterbacks, you think of names like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. The reason why — besides the Super Bowls — is that they win a lot of games and throw for a ton of yards and touchdowns. Bradford has a 58-percent completion rating for his career, but he has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a season and carries just a 79.3 passer rating. More importantly, Bradford has a pedestrian 18-30-1 record in 49 career starts.
3. The Rams Are Worlds Away: If there was ever a time to think of getting rid of Bradford, it's right now. Many teams are in need of a solid quarterback (Bills, Browns, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Cardinals, to name a few). In addition, the Rams have a very poor defense. Even if Bradford’s play improved, they would still have a difficult time stopping opposing offenses. Point is, if the Rams traded him away, they could get some good value.
4. The Toughest Division In Football: In four years as the starter, Bradford has yet to reach the playoffs. His best season, record-wise, was 2012 when the Rams went 7-8-1. Unfortunately, they have to play six games every season against San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona. It's difficult to expect a lot when you are playing against some of the NFL’s elite. Bradford has had his chances, maybe it’s time to give someone else a shot. Great players step up in the face of adversity.
5. The Upcoming Draft: With a wealth of good quarterbacks likely entering the 2014 NFL Draft, the Rams will probably have an opportunity to find a replacement for Bradford. The Rams sit at 4-6 — technically, very much alive in the wild-card hunt — but still have to play the Niners, Seahawks and Saints. It's very likely the Rams will find themselves holding a top-10 pick at season's end. If Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota or Teddy Bridgewater are on the board, then the Rams should take a shot.