Sam Bradford tears ACL, will miss the rest of the season

With his season-ending injury, is the Sam Bradford era over in St. Louis?

10/21/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is taken from the field on the cart in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsIt seems like there were an awful lot of serious injuries in the NFL yesterday. Add Sam Bradford to the list, with a torn ACL that will leave him out for the remainder of the season, and could possibly spell the end of his tenure in St. Louis.

Bradford suffered the injury in the 4th quarter of yesterday's loss to the Panthers, while trying to scramble out of bounds.

Bradford has 1,687 passing yards this year, with 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Before the injury, he was having a pretty solid season, despite the Rams' 3-4 record.

In around 3 and a half seasons, Bradford has thrown for 59 TD and 38 INT. The Rams are 18-30-1 in games he has started, and the Rams may be looking for a more permanent answer at the QB position, rather than just a quick stop-gap while Bradford recovers.

Do you think the Rams should give Bradford the job back when he comes back from this injury? Or should they start rebuilding for the future and look for a new QB?
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10/21/13   |   Scott   |   52087 respect

Even with a receiving corp that leads the league in drops, Bradford was on pace to have his best season in the NFL. What Bradford needs is for the Rams to make a commitment in terms of getting him a supporting cast that is going to stick around for a couple of seasons.  It's hard to be consistent when the coaches and players are changing around the guy who is suppose to be the centerpiece.

10/21/13   |   billywa   |   658 respect

As an OU alum, I'm admittedly biased, but I think the Rams would be dumb to punt their franchise QB who is a proven commodity, for the risk and potential growing pains of a rookie QB. Sammy B has improved as the supporting cast around him has gotten better. This year's potential QB draftee list does look sexy, but if the Rams want to keep improving, they should keep Bradford and continue building around him rather than starting from scratch at QB (again!). Barring another Andrew Luck or Manning, bringing in another rookie QB would set the franchise back 2-3 years IMO...