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Something to Think About: Clausen vs Bradford

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bradford essentially went into the offseason as the starting QB. everything in the offeseason and training camp leading up to the regular season, including all four preseason games went on with him as the starter.

clausen is at least a couple months behind bradford. they went into this season intending on moore being able to do the job for a year or two while they brought clausen along slowly. they changed course and clausen suddenly finds himself thrown into the starting role. give him a couple months and i doubt you will find as much separation between them. next year you won't find much at all.

I thought for most of camp AJ feely was the starter untill he got hurt??

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Wasn't Bradford prepped for the starting role for much of TC? I mean, even when they were doing the "we don't know who will start" thing, they were still giving Bradford half or over half the reps with the 1st stringers.

I don't remember seeing Clausen getting a ton of reps with the first string guys back then, I remember all off-season and TC, it was the Matt Moore show.

That, and Bradford seems to be getting all day in his pocket compared to what the Panthers Oline is giving Clausen.

Not using any of it as an excuse, just saying.

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I thought for most of camp AJ feely was the starter untill he got hurt??
I know exactly, but AJ Feeley did start the first pre-season game (the one he got hurt in), so I would assume that he got the reps in TC.

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Yeah, the crazy thing about that is they said the one tackle is a rookie and the other is in his 2nd year I think... Pretty pathetic when you look at our line...

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+1 on Bradford going through TC as the starter. Also, while the Rams' WRs aren't superstars they also aren't rookies.

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Well I mean if your looking for a defense of Clausen... He's done something that Bradford has yet to do... Go a whole game without throwing an int...

That comparison can't even be close to made. Bradford throws much more, his first start he threw over 50 times. Clausen throws 20-30. Also, Bradford has done something Clausen hasn't yet: win.

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bradford essentially went into the offseason as the starting QB. everything in the offeseason and training camp leading up to the regular season, including all four preseason games went on with him as the starter.

clausen is at least a couple months behind bradford. they went into this season intending on moore being able to do the job for a year or two while they brought clausen along slowly. they changed course and clausen suddenly finds himself thrown into the starting role. give him a couple months and i doubt you will find as much separation between them. next year you won't find much at all.

found a link..going into camp Feely was the starter and Bradford did not start all 4 games..when Feely got hurt Bradford took over

A.J. Feeley will start ahead of No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford in the Rams' second preseason game, although the rookie might get a few more plays

Bradford and veteran A.J. Feeley split the first- and second-team reps equally, a slight change designed to get more work for Feeley as the season approaches

http://www.nfl.com/preseason/story/09000d5d819e0318/article/rams-to-start-feeley-ahead-of-rookie-qb-bradford-vs-browns

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/21446/first-impressions-from-rams-practice

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That comparison can't even be close to made. Bradford throws much more, his first start he threw over 50 times. Clausen throws 20-30. Also, Bradford has done something Clausen hasn't yet: win.

Wins, like losses, are a team effort.

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Seriously, I'm not sure the Panthers style of offense knows how to run it's system through the QB. We're a defense, run first, pass off play action team. For better or worse our system is set up to not LET the QB carry it on his shoulders for the most part.

I think they've told Bradford he's the man and they need him to make plays. I think we've told Clausen to just hand it off and play it safe. I think we get much better glimpses of Jimmy when he has to scramble and improvise because that's outside our conservative game plan.

Like it or not, we played Fox ball today. Defense led the team, RB's (tried) to carry the load and the QB didn't do anything to cost us the game. We stayed close and had a chance to win it in the end.

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Still, another thing that doesn't sit well with me is Clausen is currently rocking a 49% completion rate.

I know we have rookie WRs, but it shouldn't be that low... Especially for a guy known for his checkdowns.

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Because that mid-2nd round pick came into a way better situation than Bradford...plus what made Clausen a 2nd round pick was off the field stuff.

A way better situation? lol

Why don't we compare Clausen to the quarterback chosen closest to him in the draft this year....The Golden Calf of Bristol? Remind me, how's Timmy playing right now?

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I'm not, I'm just saying it's something to think about. Many people felt Bradford was a frail system QB and he is looking like the true definition of a franchise QB right now. He looks closer to the elite guys in their rookie years (Manning, Ryan, and other who started their rookie years) than Clausen is so far.

Honestly SMF, did you expect Bradford to be this good, or even good at all? I really didn't... I didn't know what Clausen would be, I didn't really have a feeling one way or the other.

But is it that Bradford is that good, or can it just be chalked up to the offenses they play in now - our caveman offense vs theirs... Is the offense itself limiting his ability and Bradford's isn't? Or is Bradford that much better and we're being too butterflies and rainbows about our rookie QB?

And also, you know Clausen was projected to be a Top-15 guy or somewhere around there initially.

Bradford, Manning, and Ryan were all Top 3 picks when they were selected. Clausen was selected in the 30s or 40s IIRC.

Why not try to find a rookie quarterback taken past the first round that is playing as well as Clausen is right now? I sure can't think of any to be honest.

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A way better situation? lol

Why don't we compare Clausen to the quarterback chosen closest to him in the draft this year....The Golden Calf of Bristol? Remind me, how's Timmy playing right now?

what does The Golden Calf of Bristol have do with clausen and why are loling?? Clausen did come into a better situation?

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