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Rams are “discounting” Sam Bradford’s 2011 season

Jeff Fisher,  Sam Bradford

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, left, talks with quarterback Sam Bradford during NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the team’s training facility in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


The Rams are under new management this season and they aren’t just looking to fix the things that went wrong under the old bosses.

They are trying to erase the memories of them altogether. One of the biggest things to go awry for the Rams in 2011 was quarterback Sam Bradford. He missed six games with injury, didn’t play particularly well when he was healthy and seemed to regress from a good rookie year. New coach Jeff Fisher and company still felt he was the man to build around, though. In an interview with KFNS in St. Louis, via, Fisher explained why they felt that way.

“Well, it was his ability — what he was able to do in college, but also his rookie year,” Fisher said. “We discounted last year. I didn’t pay much attention to that. There were a lot of difficult things to overcome and a lot of issues, and it made no sense dwelling on it. I think what Sam was able to do here his rookie year in that type of offense is an indication of the potential that he has.”

Going all Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind about the 2011 season is a good idea for the Rams now that they have broken ties with both the coaching staff and front office that was involved with that team. Having said that, those that ignore the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. The Rams would be wise to pay attention to the shortages at receiver and offensive line that contributed to Bradford’s problems last season so that everything doesn’t wind up playing out the wrong way again this time around.