St. Louis lost again Sunday, this time with a new QB. A look at how one specific position has hampered offensive results. Also, a must-take wide receiver in the draft, and a potential trade of a Pro Bowler.
Trying to Figure out why the Rams have trouble scoring.
Sam Bradford threw 7 of 18 TD passes last season to a tight end. Michael Hoomanawanui (Illini Mike) caught 3, Daniel Fells and Billy Bajema caught 2 each.
In 2011, Bradford has thrown 0 TD passes to a tight end. Rookie TE Lance Kendricks has been a non-factor. Bajema, who is known more for blocking, can’t block or catch. Illini Mike tore his ACL in week 10. Fells bolted to Denver as a free agent (2 TD this season).
Going back to Sam’s Oklahoma days, he found the tight end a lot. He hooked up with TE Jermaine Gresham on 11 of his 36 TD passes in 2007, and 14 out of 50 TD passes in his Heisman winning 2008.
Sam Bradford is taking criticism in St. Louis. Kellen Clemens quarterbacked the Rams against Cincinnati and played OK. He threw for 229 yards and a stat-padded TD (late in 4th quarter). Clemens brought some energy. Clemens got the ball out quick. His longest pass went for 25 yards. He “looked” like a scrappy QB willing to do whatever to make a play. But, they still scored a meager 13 points.
Rams fans want to see Bradford hold his receivers accountable when they drop a pass. Bradford, at times, has a confused look on his face. He looks as if he isn’t confident in the game plan. Poor Sam. Tom Brady certainly knows how to hold his players accountable.
Bradford is also missing WR Danny Amendola. Amendola had three TD receptions last season. Before he dislocated his elbow in Week 1, he had 5 receptions for 45 yards against the Eagles.
Justin Blackmon would look great in a Ram uniform. They need speed, athleticism, and playmakers. Blackmon had 113 receptions for 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns this season for the #3 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.
LaMichael James (RB/Oregon) would look good in the 2nd round.
I would trade Steven Jackson for the right package.
I know this sounds lunatic, but Jackson is going to be 29 years old. His
body has a ton of wear, and his production has diminished. Since 2004, Jackson has won 37 out of 129 games (.293 winning %). Stockpiling draft picks allows the team to accumulate talent. It would be a beneficial career move for Jackson.
My biggest problem with Jackson: It looks like he runs hard on some Sunday’s. When Jackson wants to take a game over, he wills himself. Other times, he gets frustrated and too indecisive. Granted, his offensive line is a joke. But why does it take until the 4th quarter of a game to see Jackson express some leadership in the huddle by calling out his players? Why can’t this happen Monday-Sunday? Leadership cannot be portrayed in small increments.
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