For the city of St. Louis and its fans, this was the season the St. Louis Rams were going to break out and prove to the NFL that they are a force to be reckoned with. Now, with the recent news that the Rams have lost their starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the entire 2014 season, it’s hard to think that the team will be anything but average this season.
— NFL (@nfl) August 24, 2014
It’s a shame to see an up and coming team lose one of their most crucial pieces before the season even has a chance to begin. Bradford was suppose to prove himself to the league and show that he deserves to be mentioned as one of the top-10 quarterbacks. Now, it looks as if the Rams will struggle again over the course of the 2014 season.
This is not a death notice for the Rams’ season, but a loss like this so late in the preseason is really hard to overcome. There have been cases of a backup stepping into the starting role and proving their worth –go take a look at Matt Cassel‘s stats the year that Tom Brady was injured; there is still hope.
Bradford never did reach his prime, and with the recent injury news, who knows if he will ever get the chance. Last season, before Bradford went down with an injury again, he had a solid 14 touchdown to four interception ratio, but the problem was that Bradford couldn’t finish out the entire season and maintain his great stats. As a result, the Rams struggled without him and the team ended up 4-5 in the team’s final 10 games.
It’s going to be hard for the Rams to be anything over 8-8 in the 2014 season, but I hope that they use this injury as motivation and prove everyone wrong — like they were planning on.