By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 25, 2014
With St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford done for the season with an ACL tear, the organization must now look in a different direction for someone to start under center. Clearly, losing Bradford is a very big deal, but the good news is the team is talented enough to succeed without him. Of course, that will only happen with the right QB. Here are five quarterbacks who the Rams should consider to start in the place of Bradford in 2014.
Josh Freeman is an option only if the Rams feel as if they have nowhere else to turn. The free agent was cut by the Giants in May after only six weeks with the team. At only 26 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if he will get a chance to prove it. He’s someone St. Louis could consider as a worthy backup, which certainly could come in handy later in the season.
No one should be surprised to see Tim Tebow’s name on this list. The quarterback has been out of football for over a year, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been preparing himself to play the game. Even though Tebow wouldn’t start right away with the Rams, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if they signed him to be a backup. Tebow would be an intelligent signing that could help St. Louis tremendously down the road.
It appears the Patriots could be interested in trading Ryan Mallett after second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo emerged as a worthy backup for Tom Brady. With only one year left on his four-year deal, the Rams would be foolish not to entertain the thought of a trade for Mallett. He has shown starter potential, regardless of his occasional struggles this preseason.
As far as brining in an outside quarterback, none makes more sense than trading for Mark Sanchez. The reason being is because Sanchez’s previous offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, is now the offensive coordinator in St. Louis. The fact that the Rams are essentially running the same offense as the Jets did means there would be a limited learning curve for Sanchez. At this point, it’s up to the Eagles to offer him up in a deal.
As bad as it is that Bradford went down with a season-ending injury, the good news is the Rams were well prepared. Veteran QB Shaun Hill has displayed enough talent this preseason to give the team confidence that they can win with him. In fact, his career numbers are actually better than Bradford’s, which is very encouraging. Despite being 34 years old, Hill should give St. Louis enough to make them competitive in the NFC West.
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