The St Louis Rams failed to record a fourth straight victory this afternoon, falling 30-15 to the Carolina Panthers in their second consecutive road game. The loss for the Rams was significant as it appears according to multiple reports that Sam Bradford has torn his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the regular season. Given the injury and his performance on the field, one has to wonder if his career with the Rams is over as the team heads in another direction.
Bradford has struggled under center with the Rams as he really has not had a lot of offensive weapons surrounding him. The Rams did their best this offseason to try to add receivers to his arsenal but he has still struggled. 20 seconds into this afternoon’s game against the Panthers, Bradford threw a pick-six interception and the team never really recovered from that play.
St Louis came into Sunday’s game with the 20th ranked pass offense in the NFL, averaging a mere 223 yards per game. The rushing attack is much worse, running for just 72 yards per outing.
Second-year head coach Jeff Fisher now faces a serious decision moving forward. Bring back Bradford next season, or move forward with another quarterback. The decision to move on from Bradford would be an easy one. After inking a seriously lucrative deal with the Rams in 2010 worth $63 million and $50 million guaranteed, Bradford has not lived up to the hype. Under his current contract, Bradford is due $14 million in 2014 and nearly $13 million in 2015.
Yes, he is only 25 years old, but he has 48 career starts in the league. Perhaps it’s time for the Rams to do the same thing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did with their former first-round pick, Josh Freeman, and part ways. Seattle Seahawks starting QB Russell Wilson earns 500,000 a year.
There is no way that Bradford justifies $14 million a year and the Rams need to move on. It’s an unfortunate injury for Bradford, but injuries happen in professional sports. It is a business and the Rams should decide to move on after this season with someone new under center. Jeff Fisher did not draft Bradford, he can now bring in who he wants calling signals for the team.
Kellen Clemens will start for the near future under center for the Rams. Fantasy football owners need to downgrade every Rams offensive player even further for the remainder of the season.