Bradford Talks Playoffs
Sam Bradford (AP/Bill Haber)
Sam Bradford (AP/Bill Haber)
Posted Dec 29, 2010
Nate Latsch

ST. LOUIS — Rams quarterback Sam Bradford goes into the final regular season game of his rookie season with a chance to help his team win the NFC West and clinch a spot in the playoffs.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said Wednesday. “This is what you play for. You play to get in the playoffs. It’s something that we set out for ourselves. We set a goal to win the NFC West at the beginning of the year and that goal is still out there for us.”

It’s a situation the No. 1 overall pick has thought about.

“Growing up, it’s what you dream about,” he said. “You dream about playing in the playoffs and making it to the Super Bowl. So the fact that we have an opportunity to make it to the playoffs my first year, I think it’s awesome. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”

Bradford has been one of the catalysts in the team’s turnaround from 1-15 in 2009 to playoff contender in 2010. He has completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,357 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 78.

“Over the 15 games that we’ve all been together I think all the guys, myself included, realized that Sam, he’s a competitor, he enjoys playing and he’s good for our football team,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “We’re glad we have him as our quarterback. I think he proved early that he could go out and do the things he needed to do as a quarterback in the NFL.”

The rookie quarterback from the University of Oklahoma ranks 13th in the NFL in passing yards, 18th in touchdowns, 20th in completion percentage and 24th in QB rating.

Only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have thrown more passes than Bradford this season.

“If you asked me before the season I probably wouldn’t have said we would throw the ball this much, but as a quarterback you love to throw the football,” Bradford said. “So the fact that our coaching staff feels comfortable with the ball in my hands, it just gives me confidence and makes me feel very good about going out there on Sundays.”

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