Sam Bradford’s injury threw a serious wrench into the team’s current and future plans given his lofty cap number over the final two years of his deal and his lackluster play in his first four seasons with the franchise. No one is going to claim that 31-year old journeyman Kellen Clemens is the future under center, so the Rams must try to sort out the mess at signal caller throughout the remainder of 2013 and into the offseason.
Signing the team’s former backup Austin Davis and retread disappointment Brady Quinn certainly doesn’t instill any additional confidence in the current QB depth chart.
Davis is a quarterback that knows the verbiage of the Rams’ system and can come in right away and succeed given the familiarity. He was originally added as an undrafted free agent in 2012 from Southern Mississippi but didn’t see the field as a rookie. As for Quinn, his story really doesn’t need much elaboration as the former first round bust has bounced around from team to team failing to latch on anywhere or prove himself as a capable trigger-man. He has some familiarity with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer which likely facilitated the addition, but his career numbers of just 3,043 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a rating of 64.4 in 24 games doesn’t warrant much belief in his ability.
So that’s where the Rams stand currently; the team has two journeymen in Quinn and Clemens along with the inexperience of Davis to evaluate. That doesn’t exactly make fans optimistic that this team is still a contender despite the lofty preseason expectations that surrounded it.
The future for the Rams is very bright at many positions, but quarterback is definitely an exception to that discussion. It seems likely that this team will use one of its first round picks this offseason on a new signal caller in a loaded QB draft class to try and solve the ongoing puzzle under center that has plagued the franchise since the rise and fall of both Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger.
Waiting until May to find a reason to celebrate is going to be rough for Rams fans, but the NFL can be a cruel business. One minute the masses can be behind a player like Bradford predicting a breakout season and the next they can be calling for his head on a stick. Expectations may have been lofty coming into the year, but given these lackluster additions it seems time to temper those hopes quite directly.