I’m not sure whether this makes fans in St. Louis happy or not but Coach Spagnuolo says we could see what Sam Bradford in action earlier than expected. JUST KIDDING, there are no Rams fans!
A.J. Feeley injured his thumb and elbow in the first quarter when he hit a defensive player’s helmet on the followthrough of a throw in a 19-17 victory at Cleveland on Saturday night, and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. The Rams have a short week, playing again Thursday night at New England.
“Obviously, this goes without saying, if Feeley can’t work during the week, Sam would be the guy,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said Sunday.
I for one love to see these guys thrown into the fire. Not because it makes for the best on-the-field product, but because it’s dramatic. You can start out pretty shitty, then get the chance to come back 4 years later when your Super Bowl MVP starter finally retires, which Matt Leinart will do this season. Or you can be groomed for 3 years before you take a single snap, a la Aaron Rodgers who has every analyst fawning over him like he’s…well Brett Favre. Loved seeing Chad Henne step up to take the helm in Miami last year after a decade-long parade of mediocre-at-best wannabe field generals.
Bottom line: there’s nothing more interesting in NFL football than finding out if college greats have what it takes to make it in the pros. Fans just love finding out. We don’t care that the odds are largely against them if they’re sent into the fray too early for their fragile egos…or their fragile bodies. Giving this kid the biggest contract in NFL history makes us fans extremely antsy to see him put down the clipboard and put on a helmet. Maybe that’s just the unemployed blogger in me talking but paying a guy $50 million in guaranteed money to sit on a bench is like buying a Ferrari and then rubbing it with a diaper all day instead of picking up sluts with it. You’re in the casino, you’ve got a shit-ton of chips, and now the crowd wants to see you roll those dice. Maaaaybe you shouldn’t have guaranteed that much money to a guy who’s already running on a surgically repaired throwing shoulder, maybe it’ll work out. Not that coaches should make a habit of “rolling dice,” that’s obviously bad business: I just love watching what happens when they have no other choice.