Bradford Not Worried About Stats
Sam Bradford (Getty/Justin Edmonds)
Sam Bradford (Getty/Justin Edmonds)
GridIronGateway.com
Posted Dec 1, 2010
Nate Latsch


ST. LOUIS — Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford had a career game in the team’s 36-33 road victory against the Denver Broncos on Sunday when he threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 113.3.

But the No. 1 overall draft pick isn’t playing attention to those numbers.

“I mean it’s nice,” Bradford said on Wednesday. “What makes it nicer is the fact that we won. If we would have lost that game, then everything that I did would have been for nothing and it wouldn’t have been enough. Bottom line, as long as we’re winning I’m happy.”

The quarterback was asked following Wednesday’s practice whether he knows what his statistics are or whether friends and family keep him apprised of those figures.

“I try to stay away from all of that,” he said. “The bottom line is I’m here to help this football team win. If we’re not winning then I’m not doing my job. I think everyone around me, my family and my friends, they’ve known me for a long time and they know that’s the way I feel.”

Bradford is putting together one of the best rookie seasons by a quarterback in some time. He has completed 60.5 percent of his passes (250 of 413) for 2,466 yards, with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and a QB rating of 82.

On Sunday, the Rams (5-6) will travel to Arizona to face a Cardinals (3-8) squad that defeated them 17-13 at the Edward Jones Dome in the season opener.

It will mark the first time Bradford has played an NFL team for the second time and his comfort level has increased dramatically since he threw for 253 yards and one touchdown, with three interceptions, in the first matchup.

“It’s night and day,” Bradford said. “I think if you ask any quarterback and they would tell you that going into the 12th game they were 10 times more comfortable than they were going into their first game and that’s exactly how I feel. I’ve had 12-13 weeks to go through season-mode, understand what game weeks are going to be and all the repetitions during the week help me really with my understanding of this offense.”

Others have seen and noted the improvement in the rookie quarterback.

“That guy is a player,” Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson said in a conference call on Wednesday. “He’s improved dramatically from the first game to where he is now.”



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