Mailbag: What does the loss of Sam Bradford mean for the Rams going forward? – Jacob, Chino Valley
There’s no doubt that losing Bradford for all of 2014 is a huge blow to the Rams. It not only casts a shadow on what could have (and should have) been a year where the Rams threaten to get into the playoffs, but it also casts a doubt onto his tenure as a Ram.
It’s terrible to see a player poised for his most successful year in the NFL go down again with a season-ending injury. Even worse, Bradford is the last of the first overall picks from the old collective bargaining agreement, making him handsomely compensated compared to first overall picks after 2010.
Bradford is set to make $14 million in 2014 and roughly another $13 million in 2015, according to spotrac. After this season, it’s decision times for the Rams: shell out millions to a player who has had trouble staying on the field, or put that money to where they need it, such as retaining Robert Quinn.
Bradford will have missed 31 of 80 regular-season games by the end of this year, or in other terms, he’ll have missed one game shy of two full years in the five years he’s been in the NFL.
Head coach Jeff Fisher has affirmed the Rams will be sticking with the veteran Shaun Hill as their quarterback for this year.
“He’s fine,” Fisher said in a press conference yesterday. “He’s a competitor and knows what he’s doing. He’s going to make every opportunity count.”
Rams players have even publicly announced they’re rallying behind Hill to lead the team.
“Shaun’s definitely a smart quarterback. He knows the system,” wide receiver Tavon Austin said. “He’s been in the league for so many years, so we’re definitely going to follow his lead.”
NFL analysts on Twitter are even showing their support for Hill.
Sorry to hear about Bradford’s knee. Shaun Hill can move an offense. I’d take him over 4-5 current NFL starters to enter the 2014 season.
— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) August 24, 2014
Talked to 2 GMs about Shaun Hill’s preseason. The message was the same: “You know, he’s really not bad. Better than a few starters in @NFL.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2014
Remember, if Kellen Clemens could go 4-5 as a starter and help lead the Rams to a 7-9 season, it’s not crazy to think Hill couldn’t do better than that… right?