The St. Louis Rams suffered a significant injury over the weekend as quarterback Sam Bradford was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Bradford suffered the injury on Saturday, and the initial belief was that his previously torn ACL was OK. An MRI revealed that was not the case, and the team announced on Sunday that it was a torn ACL.
The Rams have built up what could be one of the better defenses in the league. The problem is the offense has so many question marks. Even if Bradford had stayed healthy, there would have been question marks. OC Brian Schottenheimer is much maligned in St. Louis, jokingly known more for a horizontal passing game than a vertical passing game. However, losing Bradford throws things into further flux.
Enter Shaun Hill!
The Rams signed Hill to a 1-year deal this offseason, after he spent the last four years in Detroit. Hill was the clear backup when Bradford was healthy, and Jeff Fisher has declared him the starter in light of the injury.
Since Bradford went down, people have been talking about the Rams' various trade options. Mark Sanchez has had a solid preseason and quickly was brought up. The other names out there include Mike Glennon, Ryan Mallett, and Kirk Cousins. The Rams would need to move quick, but even if they made a deal, my guess is Hill would be the Week 1 starter just due to playbook familiarity.
If Hill is able to maintain his hold on the job, we could see him facing the 49ers in St. Louis for Week 6, and in Santa Clara for Week 9. Add in Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs visiting during Week 5, and it's quite the reunion of former 49ers quarterbacks.
I don't know how far the Rams could go with Hill, but he would put them in a position to improve on last year. I would not be looking for huge passing days, but I would expect very few mistakes, and a team that is relying on the defense and run game to propel them. Of course, that offensive line has some big question marks, so we'll see if the running game can even get going.
In the meantime, we take you back to Fan Mail Friday with Shaun Hill!