When Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was named head coach in Jacksonville on Thursday morning, Brian Schottenheimer’s disappointment didn’t last long.
As for quarterback Sam Bradford, he was anything but disappointed when Schottenheimer called to say he was staying as Rams’ offensive coordinator now that he no longer was a candidate for the Jagaurs’ top job.
“Yeah, you can say that,” Schottenheimer said, laughing. “Sam was a little bit pumped up. He and I have a really good relationship and we have a great staff in place. But Sam was very, very excited. He is truly a joy to coach.”
With the return of Schottenheimer, Bradford will have the same coordinator and same offensive scheme in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his NFL career.
After throwing for 3,702 yards and 21 TDs in 2012, It seems like Bradford's career is back on track after a rough second season. The stability of Jeff Fisher as head coach and Shottenheimer as OC certainly helps and the emergence of rookie Chris Givens in the passing game gives Bradford a viable deep option. Over his final eight games, he averaged 238 yards and 1.6 TDs.
Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:06pm
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford lost his favorite target, wide receiver Danny Amendola, midway through the second quarter, after Amendola landed on his shoulder while diving for a pass. The Rams fear Amendola suffered a broken collarbone and he could face a long-term absence, a team source told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. The extent of the injury will be known Monday, the source said.
Update: ESPN is reporting that Amendola may have avoided a broken collarbone and that he may return this season. Stay tuned.
This is obviously a tough loss for the Rams who are already very thin on talent at the WR position. Rookie Chris Givens led the team's WRs in snaps (45), with Brandon Gibson (36), Austin Pettis (19), Amendola (17) and Brian Quick (12) rounding the unit out. Gibson figures to be the most logical pickup of the group, though Givens's snaps were no fluke. He played more than Gibson in Week 4 as well, and has caught a 50+ yard pass in each of the last two games. He caught a 51-yard TD on Thursday night.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 12:20pm
Rams WR Steve Smith had had long looks with the first team offense and though Brandon Gibson returned to work on Monday, he still got some reps with the first and second unit. Through two preseason games, Smith has seemed to find a bit of a groove with quarterback Sam Bradford as the pair has connected for three catches for 24 yards.
There will be value to be found in the Rams passing game, it's just a matter of targeting the right guys. We believe Danny Amendola has a good chance to lead the team in receptions, but the starting spots on the outside are wide open. Steve Smith and Brian Quick would appear to be the favorites, but there are other guys in the mix.
Friday, August 17, 2012, 11:26am
Rams QB Sam Bradford hasn't missed one minute of practice time in camp. He came through the preseason opener unscathed, and has been moving around well in practice. He's not wearing a brace on his left ankle, nor is he walking with a limp.
Nonetheless, the ankle questions won't go away.
After the Rams' practice/scrimmage Aug. 4 at the Edward Jones Dome, Bradford raised eyebrows by saying the ankle wasn't 100-percent healthy and would have to be managed — or treated — as the camp and the season progressed.
Bradford didn't want to talk about the ankle, and said it's not an issue until he starts missing practice or games. Still, not being 100-percent should raise a red flag, because this is an injury that could easily resurface with one wrong twist or turn. Bradford doesn't have a lot of value coming into the season, but could easily change that with a bunch of young, talented and healthy receivers to work with. At 26th on our rankings, we consider Bradford a QB3 right now, and he likely won't get drafted in your league.
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 8:54pm
Quick will still have some catching up to do as Danny Amendola and Steve Smith seem to be the starters with Brandon Gibson also looking good. Quick is nothing more than a flier option at this point but is likely to go undrafted. WRs are always popping up on the waiver wire as the season goes on, so it may not be long until Quick becomes a fantasy option.
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 12:23pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford on the team's new approach in the passing game: "Keep us ahead of the chains, keep us in good situations, find us a completion and move on down the road," Bradford said. "There are a lot of quick completions, getting the ball out of my hand. I don't think there's gonna be a lot of dropping back, sitting there in the pocket, patting it and waiting for guys to come open 20 yards down the field. It's gonna be about being efficient."
Sunday, August 5, 2012, 2:13pm
"It's close," Bradford said. "I think it's as good as it's going to feel. It's something that we're managing right now. I've been able to take every snap so far without any setbacks and I think that's a positive sign."
When asked if he was surprised that the injury continues to linger, Bradford said:
"Yeah, it is a little bit frustrating that it's somewhat there still," Bradford said. "I thought that with rest in the offseason, it would've been gone by now. But it's not. I've talked about it with Reg (trainer Reggie Scott). I understand what his plan is, and I think we're doing as good as we can right now in managing it."
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 10:56am
You can look at Titans HC Jeff Fisher's offensive assistants to know what he wants to do on offense. Brian Schottenheimer coordinated the Jets' ground-and-pound attack with the Jets; line coach Paul Boudreau was with Atlanta the past four seasons when the Falcons ranked 11th or higher in rushing attempts per season, including two stints in the top five; and tight ends coach Rob Boras, whose unit helped Maurice Jones-Drew lead the league in rushing last season.
"In our first meeting it was made very clear that as an offense we're going to be a physical running team, and we're going to wear teams out," Sam Bradford says. "It's an attitude that has to show up on the field, and these next five weeks in training camp that's something we've got to develop. It's something we're going to work at, so by the time the regular season gets here it's our identity. It's second nature."
This all bodes well for Steven Jackson.
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 2:54pm
"It's good, it's good. I would say there's still days where it's not 100 percent, but I really haven't had any major setbacks. It seems to be getting better every week. I'm hoping by the time training camp gets here that it'll really be a non-factor."
Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:33pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford has been impressed with the skill of both WRs Chris Givens and Brian Quick. Bradford said Wednesday, “Givens first of all is extremely fast. I think he’s a guy that defenses are going to have to be extremely aware of. If they fall asleep on him for a half second at all, he’s going to be by them. I think that’s nice to have, just that added speed. Then Quick, I was working with him a little bit after practice today and it’s just extremely impressive watching him move. As big as he is, as tall as he is, he gets in and out of breaks really well. He’s fast as well. It’s exciting to have those two guys here. We’ve just got to keep pushing them, try to get them ready to go.”
"It's getting there," he said. "It seems to feel better every week. There's less soreness, more things I can do. I think it's definitely on the right track."
Yikes. We assumed that the ankle would be 100% by now, so this puts a damper on whatever upside Bradford has this season.
NFL.com writer Ian Rapoport spent the day in St. Louis said the Rams are "insanely excited" about WR Brian Quick. Here's more: "Quick is tall. Not breaking news. But it’s true. The Appalachian State product is listed at 6-foot-3, but he looks bigger. And at 220, he’s quite the beast. I knew the Rams loved him, even though most of us were shocked by the pick. I just wasn’t sure why. That’s becoming clearer. First of all, QB Sam Bradford is tall, and Quick is tall. That is a high-wire connection in the making. Anyway, Quick moves like a small guy, and he really can catch it. I didn’t see him drop one all day. He gets in an out of his breaks well, he’s nimble and he looks like a good athlete. Very solid."
Positive reports about rookies at this time of year are a dime a dozen, but this isn't coming from a beat writer -- Rapoport is a national writer so perhaps his opinion is a bit more objective. One thing's for sure -- Quick has a tremendous opportunity for targets in the Rams' weak WR corps and will surprise if he can pick up the NFL game quickly. Having played at Appalachian St., he'll have to make a big adjustment to the speed of the NFL.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 11:02am
In studying both WRs Brian Quick and Justin Blackmon extensively on film, you can make the argument that Quick, who’s significantly bigger than Blackmon, is more naturally athletic. Quick is a very fluid and smooth athlete with excellent lateral quickness and deceptive vertical speed due to stride length. It’s not a stretch at all, when you analyze Quick’s physical and athletic attributes, to understand why the Rams selected him early. With his size and overall skill set, he has a chance to be the best wide receiver in this draft class.
Quick has plenty of opportunity to succeed in his rookie season given the lack of receiving options in St. Louis and a relatively good QB (Sam Bradford) throwing the ball.
It's unclear precisely when the Colts informed Luck, but a league source said the team has known for weeks that Luck would be its pick. His style most closely resembles that of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and he is the player Indianapolis wants to rebuild around, the source said.
With much of the drama seemingly removed from the top two picks, the attention turns to what the Minnesota Vikings will do at No. 3. With multiple needs, they could consider moving down to assemble more picks, or they could start to fill those needs by selecting someone such as USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil to protect young quarterback Christian Ponder.
Luck is considered to be as close as a sure thing as there has been at his position in the last decade. He's tough, accurate and has a great grasp of the game. He finished 31-7 as a starter at Stanford. His arm strength is good, but not elite. He's not the athlete that RGIII is, but his 40-yard time (4.67) ranked 4th amongst the 14 QBs that ran at the combine, so he has the speed of a Sam Bradford (4.70) or Tim Tebow (4.72), and has proven capable of making plays outside the pocket. Fantasy-wise, Luck will be a factor immediately, especially if he picks up the pro game as quickly as expected. If he lands with the Colts, he'll have an experienced receiving corps that will feature Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Consider him a low-end QB2 with upside, but remember rookie QBs are risky fantasy picks.