Rams' options at quarterback

How St. Louis can approach the QB position both in 2014 and going forward

Originally Published: August 25, 2014
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Les SneadAP Photo/Jeff RobersonLes Snead and Jeff Fisher have some tricky decisions to make involving St. Louis' QB situation.

During his news conference Sunday night announcing that starting quarterback Sam Bradford had re-torn his ACL and would be out for the entire 2014 season, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher expressed support for Shaun Hill, the 34-year-old who will be taking over as the team's starter. "We move forward as a football team," he said. "Shaun is our guy."

Hill is regarded in league circles as a sufficient reserve signal-caller, but there's a reason he has started just 26 games in his career, the last of which came in 2010.

"Hill is just a guy," an NFC evaluator said. "They need someone else."

That problem applies not only to the 2014 season, with the opener less than two weeks away. While Bradford's contract runs through 2015, he is far from a lock to remain with the team beyond this season because of his injury woes and general level of play to this point in his career. Let's take a look at the team's options at the position both for this coming season and in the long term.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.