BY JEFF GORDON
Rams fans can take a few days off from complaining about quarterback Sam Bradford.
He worked over Baltimore’s (mostly) second-team defense at the Edward Jones Dome Thursday night with a nice rebound performance. Granted ample time to throw by an offensive line missing right guard Harvey Dahl, Bradford settled into a nice pitch-and-catch rhythm.
He marched the Rams 94 yards on their second possession, connecting on passes of 46 yards to receiver Steve Smith, 12 yards to tight end Mike McNeill, 13 yards to fullback Ovie Mughelli and 14 yards (and a touchdown) to receiver Austin Pettis.
A short week might be of some benefit to the St. Louis Rams heading into their preseason finale. There’s less time to let the problems fester from Week 3.
The offensive line had trouble protecting Sam Bradford, who absorbed two of the Cowboys’ four sacks, and the Rams (No. 28 in the AP Pro32) were just 4 for 13 on third down. Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday there were 13 missed tackles on defense, with five players whiffing on two apiece.
By Mike Sando
The bigger concern for Rams fans: QB Sam Bradford’s play or the men blocking for him?
Facebook friend Samuel raised a pressing question regarding St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
“What are your thoughts on Bradford’s struggles Saturday night?” he asked. “Should I be concerned?”
The subject wasn’t on my mind while watching the Rams’ 20-19 preseason defeat at Dallas, but Samuel wasn’t the only fan raising such questions. So, I went back and re-watched the game Monday morning.
• BY BERNIE MIKLASZ, Post-Dispatch Sports Columnist
Good morning, and I hope you all had a pleasant weekend. Big week ahead. The Cardinals play at Pittsburgh and Washington, the Rams get their final preseason game out of the way, and it’s the start of the college football season.
Here’s my take on Sam Bradford and the Rams …
Bradford didn’t look good Saturday night in Dallas. And no, I don’t care that it was a preseason game. That’s irrelevant. You want to see certain things from a quarterback, and it doesn’t matter if he’s playing in a preseason game, regular season game, postseason game or pickup game.
by Brian Feldman / KMOV.com
It’s impossible to fix everything in one offseason. Every rational football person realizes that. You can’t bring in new, young stars at 15 different positions overnight.
So, by that token, you have to excuse new head coach Jeff Fisher and new GM Les Snead for having some roster deficiencies.
But in last night’s 20-19 loss in Dallas…the one area the Rams hardly addressed in the offseason, the one area everyone with an opinion has worried about, the one area that could be argued is as important to this team as any — the offensive line — looked every bit as bad as fans in this city had feared.
QB Sam Bradford was sacked twice, while his backup Kellen Clemens was dropped twice more. And maybe the worst part about it all? Bradford looked as jumpy in the pocket as he did last season when his offensive line wasn’t protecting him and it seemed he was expecting to get hit.