It’s time the St. Louis Rams come to a realization; the 2013 season is effectively over.
And in reality, so might be Sam Bradford’s quarterbacking career with the franchise. After the QB’s unfortunate misstep and tumble in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers where safety Mike Mitchell gave him an extra shove and then celebrated as the signal caller writhed in pain near the bench area, the team is officially in the market for the man under center for the remainder of this season and could be looking for a new long-term solution at the position.
Giving up on Bradford isn’t totally facilitated by the torn ACL that he suffered in the one-sided loss in Carolina, but it seemed like false hope believing that he was ever going to be the future at quarterback. Certainly the team isn’t going to find much inspiration on its own bench with veteran backup Kellen Clemens boasting just seven career touchdowns and 13 career interceptions. No, this job is very much up in the air at this point just like the 3-4 Rams who are very much a part of the mix in the NFC playoff picture.
According to a source with the NFL Network, the name Tim Tebow has surfaced internally with the desperate Rams. While the circus that Tebow brings along with him is clearly a deterrent for just about any team considering adding him, the Rams are one of a handful of teams that could potential handle the added attention. Even the notoriously tight-lipped Bill Belichick took on the hullabaloo that is Tebow this offseason through training camp with the New England Patriots, so potentially Jeff Fisher could endure the media spotlight with a move like this.
What seems certain is that the Rams aren’t going anywhere with Clemens as the starter now that Bradford is officially gone. Experimenting with Tebow would be great for a team that still ranks 30th in the league in home attendance and has really struggled to live up to lofty preseason expectations this year.
The 2014 NFL Draft seems more an more like the place the Rams will find their future under center with a loaded quarterback class and two first round picks courtesy of the spoils remaining from the Robert Griffin III trade with the Washington Redskins. But those dreams of better days remain unattainable in the near-term, so as wild as it seems, Tebow’s time in the NFL may not be done after all.