There are some questions in life that are just meant to be answered. How many universes are there? How does a Shepard count his flock of sheep without falling asleep? If you have X-ray vision can you see if you close your eyes? Why are semi-trucks bigger than regular trucks? Is Sam Bradford a good QB?
Today, I will solidify my place in this world by trying to answer one of these questions. Since getting drafted in 2010 Sam Bradford has been on and off the PUP list for the Rams and Eagles before finding his way to the Vikings this year. He has played the full 16 games only twice in 5 years which is brutal given that most teams have the same starter the whole year. Well most good teams, sorry Cleveland. The year when he had the most promise, 2013, he got injured in week 8 sporting 14 TDs to only 4 picks, and he has never had a season in which he threw more picks than TDs.
He’s never been prolific, in 2011 he had just 6 TDs in 10 games and the most TDs he has ever thrown is 21 (even in a 16 game season). Last year he threw only 19 in 14 games for a markedly fast, high powered Eagles team. That being said, in his career he has 80 TDs to 52 picks and a passer rating of 81.5, all of which are respectable until you realize he has played 5 years and many QBs throw 80 TDs in just two seasons, especially in today’s offensive minded passing-based game. He’s never managed a winning record, and that fact is a really good QB makes his team much better than 1-9, especially given the very dangerous defense the Rams sported around him in 2010.
The Verdict: “A Poor man’s Alex Smith” Bradford is a safe, non-exciting QB, who is a fine stop gap, but couldn’t really be a franchise QB due to his tendency to be injured and his inability to stuff the stat line with passing numbers.