Tuesday, June 19, 2012
XTRA910 audio: Where the Rams stand
By Mike Sando
Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 AM called Monday to discuss leading NFC West topics, including where the St. Louis Rams stand in acquiring help for quarterback Sam Bradford.
In addition to passing along the full audio and a partial transcript from our conversation, I've put together a chart updating the Rams' situation at wide receiver.
First, the transcript regarding Bradford and St. Louis:
"They’re also going to help him with the way they structure their offense. Remember a year ago, they were coming off a 7-9 season. There was really a feeling that Bradford was ready to take the big next step. They were going to put the whole playbook in his hands and saddle him up, give him all the protections at the line of scrimmage, bring in Josh McDaniels and turn him (Bradford) into Tom Brady. That was the level of excitement that they had.
Steve Smith, formerly of the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the key variables for the Rams as they develop younger players at receiver. Smith caught 117 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009, but knee problems have limited him to 18 games and 59 receptions over the past two seasons.
"Now they’ve gone almost totally counter to that where they’ve taken things off of Bradford’s plate. Scott Wells, the veteran center, he is going to handle the protections. So that is not going to be something that Bradford has to worry about. They’re going to run the ball. Jeff Fisher has always wanted to run the ball a ton, so they are going to take some pressure off Bradford that way. And then they have really just added a lot of players at wide receiver, they’ve got a young running back now (Isaiah Pead), but none of them stands out so much that you say, 'That’s going to be the guy that emerges.'"