If I had to grade the performance of St. Louis Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford after 15 weeks, I’d give him a B-.
Bradford has carried the Rams to a place they couldn’t have gotten without him. Nobody in their right mind would have picked the Rams to be competitive this season, even though they play in the god-awful NFC West.
Through 14 games, Bradford’s thrown 17 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions which is a very telling stat for a rook. It tells us that he is competent enough not to make bad decisions with the ball, something the Rams have been missing since the days of Kurt Warner.
Let’s remember for a second that football on Saturday is much less physical than football on Sunday. Sam never played more than 14 games in a season in any of his three years at Oklahoma. His start against Kansas City was No. 14 of the year; plus, you have to add in the time he played in the preseason. That said, his lackluster play of late is to be expected.
Here are a few stats for your viewing pleasure.
Games 1-5: Completed 56.6% of his passes, 6 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, 69.64 QB rating
Games 6-12: Completed 64.2% of his passes, 11 touchdowns and 1 interception, 97.03 QB rating
Games 13-15: Completed 53.4% of his passes, 0 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, 53.4 QB rating
The stats don’t lie. Say what you want about the anomaly we call Pat Shurmur, but the play-calling has consistently been bad all season. In my opinion, Bradford’s numbers shouldn’t be as good as they are, considering the lack of direction and talent he’s been given to work with. He’s earned success in spite of those around him.
Only two games remain for the Rams. Postseason or not, it’s been one hell of a season for rookie Bradford.
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