Rams can still build around Bradford
October, 25, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN Insider
Troy Taormina/USA TODAY SportsCan Sam Bradford still develop into a top-level NFL quarterback?Following the season-ending ACL injury to Sam Bradford, the St. Louis Rams’ search for a short-term fix at quarterback included reaching out to the agent of Brett Favre, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday. While Favre’s assertion that he has no interest in staging an NFL comeback took some drama out of that situation, how the Rams approach their long-term decision at QB remains an intriguing subject.
Independent of the issue of Bradford’s health, which is obviously a factor the team will need to consider, there are legitimate questions as to whether he should be considered the long-term answer. When he has been healthy, he hasn’t yet played up to the potential he showed as a former No. 1 overall draft pick.
However, after studying Bradford’s performance and the Rams’ personnel on the tape of several of the team’s games so far this season, I feel as though a healthy Bradford is capable of being St. Louis’ franchise QB, and that the team would be better off focusing on building up the supporting cast around him on offense, including in the 2014 NFL draft, than trying to start over with a new quarterback.