Sam Bradford Firsts, St. Louis Rams First-Sinces

Yesterday Sam Bradford threw for two touchdowns, which ties his career high; he averaged seven yards per passing attempt, which is a career high, and threw for 289 yards. These are all great! He's a work in progress, but compared to the average rookie quarterback he appears much further along. 

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Some people would say we're overrating Sam Bradford, and that's probably true. It's true because it's been so long since the St. Louis Rams had a quarterback who was even nearly average. 

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Seven yards per attempt is not an extraordinary number; doing it every game in 2009 would have left the Rams tenth in the NFL in passing. Real Marc Bulger, who disappeared in the forests of Albania in 2006 and came back wearing a strange turban, determined to steal the Sorcerer's Stone, averaged it every year of his career. 

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Zombie Marc Bulger managed it twice in the team's last 25 games, and his various understudies managed it zero times. 289 yards? Zombie Bulger and company only managed that once, in that inexplicable last gasp against the Saints. This is what competent quarterbacking looks like, after a long and unwelcome absence. It's okay to be excited about Sam Bradford. Given how long it's been, it would be okay to be excited about him even if this was all there was. 

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