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On Bradford as offensive rookie of year

DALLAS -- The St. Louis Rams had to decide between Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh when using the first choice of the 2010 NFL draft.

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford

#8 QB
St. Louis Rams

2010 STATS

  • Att590
  • Comp354
  • Yds3512
  • TD18
  • Int15
  • Rat76.5

They couldn't have gone wrong either way.

Bradford won for offense and Suh for defense Friday when the Associated Press announced its winners for NFL rookies of the year. Both players were obvious choices, in my view, although I was not among the 50 voters.

The Rams went 7-9 with Bradford under center after going 6-42 without him over the previous three seasons. He played every offensive snap, but with the Suh-led Lions roughing him up in Week 5, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo considered removing Bradford from the game as a precaution.

Bradford stayed in the game and rebounded with 11 touchdowns passes and no interceptions over his next six starts. Suh was the more dominant player between the two over the course of the season. Bradford's performance stood out in part because rookie quarterbacks usually struggle.

As Hall of Famer Steve Young put it: "Hearing him talk, the way he speaks, the way he plays, he is a really heady guy who is going to do very good. ... You get players like that and you know you are going to have them for 15 years. There is nothing more valuable by extreme measurement to a franchise. For St. Louis, it is a big, big deal. They took a risk. I can't imagine as a rookie actually playing good football. I went through it."