By Laurie Brown
My sources (neighborhood dogs) tell me that the scent is in the air that Sam Bradford may be moving to Miami. Any why not? The Rams could use that #2 pick and get the magnificence that is Robert Griffin lll and at a bargain price too with the new rookie salary cap in place.
The Dolphins would get a talented if slightly damaged but repairable quarterback who still has years of potential. It could be a straight up trade for the Dolphins first round draft pick which could still net the Rams a top wide receiver or other position player. And Sam could get the sun, sand and pleasant environment he so richly deserves after an entire season of being beaten, battered and bruised, not to mention two seasons of coaching that ranged from dicey to horrific.
Jeff Fisher is saying no and every time he says no I believe him less. He’s a player and I’m sure he’s not going to tip his hand so easily. RG3 said “The Rams did not chat with me” but he was referring to the official discussions each team has with certain players during the combine. The Rams did not have a meeting with him there. But maybe he, Kevin and Jeff had a chat over nachos someplace else. It’s well documented that he has rare ability and rare potential. The guy graduated early from high school, early from college and was Student Body President. He’s a football phenom and a leader. And the Rams desperately need a team leader. (NFL roster = 53. Baylor University student population = 14,541.)
Sam Bradford, bless his heart, is just not a leader in that sense. He got his feelings hurt when fans (rightly) booed the team off the field. He’s an iceman but maybe too cold, too much without passion. And poor Steven Jackson…he’s the de facto team leader but I think a reluctant one. It’s just not his style. I don’t pick up any vibe from him that he wants to be a role model although he tries hard to fit that mold.
At the combine, sitting with the NFL Network guys at the desk, RG3 was intelligent, thoughtful and human. Even when the skinny white guy in the tie tried to poke at him for not throwing he handled it professionally with a healthy dose of football player when he admitted he was itching to get his hands on the ball. Rams need playmakers and Mr. 3 is a playmaker.
Let’s free Sam from his painful start in St. Louis. Get him away from the dismal Edward Jones Dome. Let’s see some pics of him throwing the football on the beach (off topic!) and let the Rams start completely fresh. Again.