St. Louis Rams Can Panic About Sam Bradford, But They'll Have To Play Him

Dirty little trade secret: The sports news cycle moves much faster than actual sports news. Sam Bradford has gone, from week to week, from the Rams' beleaguered savior, to the Rams' savior, to the Rams' beleaguered savior again, and each time he goes through the bad side of that transformation people get more ready to cut bait—or to say, retroactively, maybe they should have drafted Robert Griffin III.

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That's inevitable: They only play 16 games, but people tend to want to change their opinion of players more than 16 times a year, however inadvisable that is. But here's an important reminder: The Rams are going to play those next 16 games with Sam Bradford, like it or not. The evidence: their backup quarterbacks.

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Kellen Clemens was thrown into an unwinnable situation last season and was—well, better than A.J. Feeley. He's a basically cromulent emergency-backup-type quarterback, and that's fine. But he's also a guy who got Wally Pipped by Mark Sanchez, by way of Brett Favre; he's not the future, and he's not the present. He's just a guy.

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Austin Davis, this year's designated Keith Null-memorial popular-third-stringer, has looked just fine in the preseason, too, but it's worth passing this along from Football Outsiders: Much as they don't hate Austin Davis, they think last year's model, Tom Brandstater, had more upside. That the Rams went for a surer bet over a more interesting quarterback sounds like another example of their relative faith in Bradford.

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We'll probably spend all season whining about Sam Bradford if he struggles again, but strap yourself in: He's playing.

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