The St. Louis Rams are 3-4 and without Sam Bradford. Bradford tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s loss to the Panthers and will miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has named Kellen Clemens as the starting quarterback for the Rams next game, but that is far from a long-term solution to fix the quarterback need.
Bradford’s replacement can be summed up in one word, Tebow.
It was reported yesterday that the Rams front office has “discussed” signing Tim Tebow to fill in at quarterback. Former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst, Herm Edwards, said Tebow has been “an injury away from getting on a team” ever since being cut from the New England Patriots and his next opportunity could be in the Gateway City.
Kellen Clemens is an NFL ringer, serving as a backup for the vast majority of his career. He has only thrown seven touchdowns since beginning his NFL career in 2006, but has three times as many turnovers in that span and won only four of his 12 starts. Although his stats aren’t favorable, coach Fisher has full confidence in Clemens as the Rams’ interim starting quarterback.
"He prepares himself, has a really good understanding of this offense, and is kind of a gunslinger who can run around and make plays. He's a tough guy and he's a great teammate," Fisher said.
A roster spot will open up when Bradford heads to the injured reserve. Clemens is the only healthy quarterback on the Rams 53-man roster; so another quarterback will need to be signed. If he inks a deal with the Rams, Tebow would not be guaranteed a starting job. The former Heisman winner led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win in the 2011 season, but has failed to find success in the NFL ever since.
ESPN has said that the Rams have inquired about quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Greg McElroy as well. It comes to no surprise that Vince Young will not be sought after to fill the void at quarterback in St. Louis. Coach Fisher and Young had a very shaky relationship during their time with the Tennessee Titans.
The Rams host their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, next Monday night. The stingy Seattle defense will be no easy task for the Rams, no matter who is starting at quarterback.