INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 12: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Wrapping up our weekly Q&A with the enemy...
I talked with Ryan Van Bibber over at Turf Show Times before tonight's game and wanted to know what their new head coach Jeff Fisher brings to the table. The answer -- confidence.
Confidence. The first preseason game scared the hell out of everyone, but with Fisher on the field this season, fans have a real sense that this team is on its way to bigger and better things. Patience is hard to come by considering how long this team has been so bad, but the optimism is undeniable.
One of the reasons there should be some optimism in St. Louis is Sam Bradford. I know he's been beat up quite a bit in the first two years of his career but it's only two years. He's still very young and the ceiling is still very high. I think there's plenty of time for him to turn it on. I asked Ryan to sum up Bradford's career thus far.
He was abused badly in his first two seasons, taking hit after hit and leaving many to wonder if he was destined to be the next David Carr. His health has held up through camp, and he is throwing with authority. Keeping him upright is a concern that goes hand in hand with whether or not he can learn to play under pressure.
Supposedly he could need ankle surgery after the season. The offensive line obviously should be a major priority for the Rams moving forward. Bradford is their most important asset; protect him.