Rams fans: Meet Your Next Quarterback

The 2014-2015 NFL season will mark the 5th season of St. Louis Rams starting QB Sam Bradford.  Although starting off his pro career fairly well, Bradford has swum perpetually in the Sea of Injury and Mediocrity.

Sam Bradford career stats
Year
Team
CMP%
YDS
TD
INT
Rating
2013
60.7
1,687
14
4
90.9
2012
59.5
3,702
21
13
82.6
2011
53.5
2,164
6
6
70.5
2010
60.0
3,512
18
15
76.5
Career
58.6
11,065
59
38
79.3

Last season he barely played because of a knee injury and re-injured that same knee last night.  Look at the chart above; although Bradford has more TDs than INTs, notice his combined passer rating and completion rates (79.3% and 58.6, respectively).

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Are these the statistics of a $50 million, franchise QB?  How much time will the Rams give him to develop?

 

I say that this is the year Bradford s#!ts or gets off of the pot.  For those that don’t know this saying, it means do something or go somewhere else.  He has been mediocre for a while; the Rams have even marginalized the offense to be more run-centric as well as adding more weapons to his arsenal (1st rounder Tayvon Austin, veteran Kenny Britt, and standout Chris Givens).  This year he will have to capitalize on these weapons and system to get the next contract which FOR SURE won’t be as lucrative as his first one.  If he doesn’t produce this year, I’m sure he will be gone.

 

So now the question arises: Who will be the next St Louis Rams QB?  Ok; let’s look at the current roster:

 

 

Austin Davis:

Le who?

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Garrett Gilbert:

NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at UTEP

Le who part deaux?  Kid is so fresh and new I couldn’t even find a pic of him in a Rams uniform.

 

 

Shaun Hill:

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My favorite of the bunch.  Lots of experience and has won before, but got the reins snatched from him for preferred higher draft picks (Alex Smith/JT O’Sullivan, 49ers and Matthew Stafford, Lions).  He could easily be a starter for any NFL team, but has never been given a full season to operate and now he is on the tail end of his career.

 

So if the Rams don’t re-sign Bradford and none of the current QBs on the roster can step up and fill the role, who will be the  next man up?

 

 

 

Ta-DAAAAA!  I say Tyrod Taylor.

 

Although Taylor is not that  highly regarded, he is respected among coaches as a good student, good teammate, and lots of up side.  Given 2 other things specific to the Rams  1.) Coach Fisher does not like rookie QBs, 2.) the Rams offensive line can be porous and Taylor has been and is used as a mobile QB clone for Ravens practices; probably an X factor when they were preparing for the 49ers in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago.

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With Taylor’s nimbleness and coachability, he would make a great Ram.  But almost just as importantly, the Rams would be able to get him cheap.  He’s only making about $600k this year; that’s a HUGE departure from what Bradford is making now sitting on the bench.  Also, I would assume a starting role would not be given to Taylor; rather, he’d have to fight for it.  If Shaun Hill does well as Bradford’s replacement, his age is going to be a factor in how the Rams may or may not move forward.  Taylor is only about 27 years old and could fit in nicely on such a young team.

 

There will be a few QBs who will be coming out after this season seeking a starting job.  Ryan Malette, and I believe Alex Smith and Matt Cassell are on that short list as well.  But in the new age of the mobile QB with the cannon arm, the best free agent that will be available and would fit the Rams is Taylor.

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