USA Today reports that new Rams coach Jeff Fisher seems to feel that Rams former first overall pick Sam Bradford could be the best QB in the NFL in 2012.
If you were wondering at any point why the St. Louis Rams didn’t try to move QB Sam Bradford and his weighty contract and replace him with Robert Griffin III (or Andrew Luck) in the upcoming draft, here’s your answer. “There’s a number of friends of mine in the league that know the league, and I had one of them tell me during the process that they thought Sam may be one of the better quarterbacks — or the best quarterback — in the league, he just hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet,” head coach Jeff Fisher said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
“That weighed very heavily in my opinion. Very, very impressive player. I think he has a tremendous upside.” The Rams shipped the No. 2 pick to the Redskins last month for a package of selections, including three first-round choices. Bradford, who was the 2010 offensive rookie of the year after being selected No. 1 overall but comes off an injury-pocked 2011 campaign, is 8-18 in 26 NFL starts but, as Fisher notes, has had few threats to work with in St. Louis’ passing game. “We ended up, at the end of the day, with a great deal,” Fisher said. “Washington’s really excited, and we’re really excited.”
One big thing is Bradford needs to be able to stay on the field. He’s been beat up, and the Rams need to find a way to keep him healthy if he’s going to be one of the best QB’s in the NFL in 2012.