After a solid rookie season in which Sam Bradford, Cherokee, posted a 76.5 passer rating for the St. Louis Rams in 2010, there was a lot of hope in Indian country and in St. Louis in general that they’d found their quarterback for of the future. Drafted as the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, Bradford lived up to the expectations by throwing for 3,512 yards and 18 TDs, completing a very respectable 60% of his passes.
Last season was a bit rougher for Bradford, 24, who played in only 10 games and was eventually shut down for the season after a high ankle sprain suffered against the Green Bay Packers nagged all year. He finished the season with diminished stats and amid whispers that he didn’t make the progress necessary in his sophomore season.
Which brings us to this year, and specifically this past Sunday’s game against the unfortunately named Washington Redskins, with Bradford pitted against rookie sensation Robert Griffin III, the budding superstar signal caller for Washington. Griffin did nothing to tarnish his standing in the league as the most exciting rookie quarterback since Peyton Manning, connecting on 20 of 29 passes for 206 yards and a TD, and running for two more scores, with 11 runs for 89 yards. He was, once again, very, very good. The only problem for Griffin was the guy playing quarterback for the Rams was even better.
Bradford completed 26 of 35 passes fro 310 yards and three touchdowns. He’s got a passer rating of 112.4 in his two games this season, arguably playing the quarterback position as well as anyone in the league. Most importantly, he led his team to a gut-check 31-28 victory against Washington, connecting on an absurd 71% of his passes in his first two games. Bradford nearly led the Rams to victory in week one with a very gutsy performance against the Detroit Lions in a last second loss.
Sports Illustrated reported that the Rams coach, Jeff Fisher, said “Bradford was dialed in all week and certainly dialed in today. Sam’s played two great games against two difficult defenses.” SI reported that Bradford told reporters after the Washington game that it’s been a while since he’s felt this good. “I think after looking at it last week and this week, being able to fight back from being down early, I think it says a lot about this group. We’re never going to quit. We’re going to keep going.”