Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2:23pm
Good to see the young Rams getting together before training camp to get their timing down.
In the first eight games of the season, Rams QB Sam Bradford was awful in the RZ, completing 43.3 percent of his throws with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions for a weak passer rating of 62.5. That's abysmal.
During the bye week the Rams' offensive coaches reworked the red zone approach to come up with a better plan to achieve more positive results. It was an example of good coaching, and Bradford responded accordingly.
In the final eight games of the season, Bradford completed 67 percent of his red zone passes.... and he had 9 touchdowns and only 1 interception... his red zone passer rating in the season's second half was 101.8.
That's a big jump in performance.
Bradford ranked 25th in red zone passer rating over the first eight games. Over the last eight games Bradford ranked 9th.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 5:22pm
Ram QB Sam Bradford, a veteran of three offensive coordinators in three NFL seasons, will work with Brian Schottenheimer for a second consecutive season. Familiarity can be a good thing -- not just in general, but when applied to specific situations.
"There were times last year, I remember sitting in meetings, maybe [Schottenheimer] was really comfortable with a play because they had run it in the past and had success with it, but it was new to me and I wasn't as comfortable with it," Bradford said. "Now, I think we have a much better feel for each other."
We have Bradford 23rd among QBs, so in a 10-team league he likely doesn't get drafted as he's in the QB3 range. He'll be available late in drafts and with a young group of skill players around him, he should continue to improve. But he's not a week-in, week-out fantasy starter at this point.
With power back Steven Jackson gone to Atlanta, the Rams have rerouted their offense through QB Sam Bradford, loading up on speed at the skill positions and upgrading their line with tackle Jake Long's addition in free agency.
OC Brian Schottenheimer is back, marking the first time Bradford has had the same coordinator in successive NFL seasons, but so much else has changed.
"Totally different," Bradford said following practice Tuesday. "The speed that we have acquired and what we have on the outside now -- and even the inside -- it suits us more to spread it out and play more one-back this year."
The Rams added Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook at receiver and the stability of Jeff Fisher certainly helps. Over his final eight games of 2012, he averaged 238 yards and 1.6 TDs. Bradford seems primed to build on his 22-TD season from a year ago, and is an interesting QB2 pick this summer. He's a good candidate for QBBC as well.
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:29pm
“I expect Chris to have a great year. He works extremely hard,’’ Bradford said. “Where last year he primarily played the ‘Z’ for us, now he’s also being asked to play inside. He’s being asked to go backside and play ‘X’. He’s a really, really smart football player; he understands our offense and I think by moving him to different spots in our offense, he’ll be able to run more routes.
“There’s only so many routes you can run from one position, but when you move him to two or three different spots, you can incorporate him in the whole offense.’’
Monday, May 27, 2013, 2:10pm
It’s clear from watching that the Rams intend to be more high octane offensively. QB Sam Bradford discussed that possibility yesterday and it seemed it was very likely given the weapons that were added during the offseason.
Cook certainly looks like a dangerous, pass-catching TE, but he's been unable to put together a good fantasy season in four years in the league. The Rams may be just the fresh start that Cook needs, though it's no sure thing he'll be anything more than a spot-starter at TE.
Well, then. With Wes Welker heading to Denver, the Patriots had a hole in the slot and they filled it with the best slot receiver left on the market. Amendola isn't as durable as Welker but he should be very good in PPR formats if he can stay healthy. If the Patriots let Julian Edelman walk, it would be good for Amendola. Bump Tom Brady back up and move Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski back to their original positions (though Amendola shouldn't see quite as many targets as Welker would have). As for the Rams, it's wide open at WR. We like Chris Givens (42-698-3 as a rookie) and Brian Quick should be better with a year under his belt. Sam Bradford loses his slot receiver but gains TE Jared Cook.
There was some talk that he could be headed to Miami, but Cook instead re-joins his old coach (Jeff Fisher) in St. Louis. It's a nice add for the Rams, though Cook has been spotty throughout his career. He's still a fantasy TE2, but we like Sam Bradford a bit more as a QB2. Lance Kendricks' already limited value takes a big hit.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:02pm
“He’s good now, and he has a chance to be a top quarterback,” 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith said. “Put some more (talent) around him, and watch out.”
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.