The St Louis Ram’s season seems like it came to an end on Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers.
Not only did they lose the game comfortably to the Panthers but also they lost their franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford, to a serious knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the year.
Bradford appeared to tear his ACL; he will have further tests to confirm this today, which will sideline him for up to a year. This comes shortly after the organisation committed themselves to Bradford as their QB and were in discussions about a contract extension.
This injury leaves the Rams’ season in tatters and now they will have to go out and bring in another quarterback because they currently only have Kellen Clemens on their roster who only has seven touchdowns to his name during his career.
The question is now, who do they bring in? Well they’ll have to trawl through the free agency market and find someone quickly but the problem is that there isn’t a lot to shout about in that area.
Vince Young is available to sign but the concern will be that he hasn’t really played any NFL games for a few years, while Matt Leinart has never really proved he could be a starter in the NFL.
I think the sensible choice would have to be Byron Leftwich who was most recently with the Steelers. He may not be flashy and have the ability to win the game on his own but he gives the team a veteran presence at QB while controlling the game without making any crucial mistakes.
Although after saying all of this the figure of Tim Tebow looms over any QB crisis at the moment but the Rams can’t possibly pick Tebow up, can they? He may be a nice guy but he definitely isn’t a starting QB in the NFL.
If St Louis really want to have some fun this year then they could look at signing JaMarcus Russell; the perennial Pro Bowler and elite quarterback (that may be an exaggeration!) is looking for another opportunity in the NFL and the Rams could be his last chance.
Whatever happens it looks like any chance St Louis had of challenging for the playoffs has ended with Bradford’s injury, sad for a promising young team.
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