For the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Sam Bradford will be a key figure as the team heads into the 2013 campaign. The franchise will undoubtedly look to give him better protection, more weapons, and in turn more confidence heading into next season. Perhaps the best gift that Bradford could have received however was given to him by another team and that was the gift of continuity.
The entire concept is like a foreign language to Bradford who learned his third offense in as many offseasons coming into the 2012 season. This year that disturbing trend will finally come to an end however as Brian Schottenheimer will return for his second season as offensive coordinator with the club. His status was somewhat uncertain for a period of time however as he was a finalist for the vacant head coaching position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
When the Jags announced that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley would get the job, Bradford had to be excited. This will be the first time in his NFL career that Bradford will not have to undergo some type of learning curve during an offseason. Now he can actually focus in on fine tuning the nuances of the game and making the subtle adjustments that turn good into great.
2012 was a big step forward as it is for Bradford. This past season was the signal caller’s best year as a pro where he posted career bests in touchdowns (21) and quarterback rating (82.6). Statistics don’t tell the full story however as the best stride forward was with his on-field leadership and his command over the team. Bradford led the Rams from behind on the road in a handful of games in 2012 and that confidence is sure to carry over for even bigger success in 2013.
For now, the Rams just have to be happy that Bradford will have a full offseason to work with the same playbook and familiarize himself with the terminology that Schottenheimer’s offense uses. The little things make the biggest difference and having knowing the playbook inside and out will only enhance Bradford’s play in the 2013 season.
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