Why Rams are rethinking QB approach

September, 12, 2011
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The St. Louis Rams could be in the market for quarterback help after injuries sidelined starter Sam Bradford and their emergency option at the position, receiver Danny Amendola, in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Bradford expects to play in Week 2 despite a bruised finger on his throwing hand. Amendola will miss at least one game and possibly quite a few more depending on whether his dislocated elbow requires surgery.

These dynamics came to mind during early games Sunday.

Fewer teams kept three true quarterbacks active after rules changes revoked special game-day roster designations for No. 3 quarterbacks. The Rams were already among the teams keeping only two quarterbacks on their roster.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo, speaking with reporters Monday, called Sunday a "learning experience" and something that could require the team to adjust its approach.

"You’re relying on a positional player to be your third quarterback, and the positional player is out there playing, so if he gets hurt, you could end up in the situation we were in," Spagnuolo said. "I’m not sure how we’ll handle it going forward."

Bradford took every snap from center during the 2010 season, so there was little reason to think the team would need an additional quarterback on the roster. The Rams had hoped to sign Thaddeus Lewis to their practice squad, but the Cleveland Browns claimed him off waivers following the mandatory reduction from 80- to 53-man rosters.

Had there been no lockout, the Rams would have had more time to consider their options behind Bradford. They like A.J. Feeley, but they also asked him to take a pay cut before the season, ESPN's John Clayton reported Monday. Feeley was a better fit when the Rams were running the offense former coordinator Pat Shurmur brought from Philadelphia, where Feeley had played previously. That offense bears little resemblance to the one new coordinator Josh McDaniels is running.

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