The St. Louis Rams almost pulled off a major upset against the Detroit Lions Sunday, and what did that get Sam Bradford, erstwhile fantasy football prospect? A few more views, on CBSSports.com's player pages, than John Skelton. Of course, that isn't the worst fate—Skelton owners, if there are any on this earth, were probably worried Monday that their Fordham hero had lost his job to Kevin Kolb again.
But it's going to be slow going back to fantasy football respectability for Bradford, who briefly earned cred as a keeper backup in his dink-and-dunk rookie year. It's not just his own mediocre Y/A numbers and occasional quarterback-in-headlights look—it's his team, which just lost a bunch of offensive linemen and, even healthy, gives him limited options to get the ball downfield.
I mean, last week his best wide receiver was Brandon Gibson. "It's not you, it's them" might not be a common breakup excuse, but it applies, at least in part, when a guy like Sam Bradford hits fantasy football exile after one excruciatingly unpleasant season and another marginally unpleasant season. And he'll need to put together more than one good quarter to wipe out that bad taste.