The Rams not only lost the game and their cool in Carolina but they also lost the one player they absolutely couldn’t afford to lose… QB Sam Bradford.
It’s hard to find a silver lining after what transpired in Carolina Sunday afternoon. By the end Rams fans were shaking their heads in disbelief, pulling out their hairs, and just plain belting out primal screams of agony… And that was all before they learned Monday morning that they lost their franchise quarterback Sam Bradford who tore his ACL trying to run out of bounds.
The St. Louis Rams made it official much to fans’ dismay:
From my July 25, 2013 pre-training camp post:
One of the biggest concerns that I have and that no one is really addressing is the back up quarterback situation. Second year QB Austin Davis is currently slotted as the QB2 switching places with veteran QB Kellen Clemens. The Rams felt comfortable enough with Davis to release Clemens at season’s end but eventually brought Clemens back during the offseason.
With one awkward foot plant the Rams lose the most important offensive player and have no real plan B in place. I hate to say I told you so but… I told you so. This was a bad miscalculation on the Rams’ part.
Clemens is a good veteran mentor off the field but on his on-field his play is well… worthy of the clipboard on the sidelines. His best season came in 2011 where he played 3 games, 48/91 for 546 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 fumble with a QB rating of 73.8. Clemens has a good command of Schottenheimer’s offense it’s just the execution of said offense is another story.
The other logical option is former Rams QB Austin Davis, who was recently released from the Miami Dolphins practice squad. Davis would probably be my front-runner. Per Turf Show Times, “Davis was 28-for-54 with 300 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason this year. He had a QB rating of 87 through four games.”
If you’re the Rams do you bring in a stop gap, tank the rest of the season for a chance at a good QB in the 2014 draft? Or do you “play to win the game” now. Personally, I’d choose the former.
We will have to see who the Rams land this week. I’m not sure it’s even worth looking at the list above mentioned by Chris Mortensen though. There’s a reason why they are still on the market.
“Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…”
Remember this, Bradford haters, as the rest of the season unfolds. Hope y’all are happy now.
Bradford’s news is clearly the big story in St. Louis right now but don’t let that cloud some of the other problems the Rams are currently experiencing. But that’s for another post.