Sam Bradford was set up for failure this season. He came to the St Louis Rams as the number 1 pick overall after spending the majority of his junior season at Oklahoma injured and unable to play all but 4 games. He also went to a Rams team that allowed the 7th most sacks in 2009, had a veteran QB mentoring him who hadn’t thrown a pass since 2007, and who’s leading receiver from the previous season recorded only 589 receiving yards and was already out for the 2010 season. Despite all the odds being stacked against him, Sam Bradford has found a way to take St Louis from the 29th worst passing offense to 19th this season and also help get the Rams within 1 win of the playoffs. The interesting thing is barely anything has changed on offense; Roger Saffold is the only other new starter on offense who’s been starting all season long. With the exception of Mark Clayton and Danario Alexander (both have played 5 games each), Bradford has had to make do with the same receiving targets as last year. With the exception of Danny Amendola who’s a Wes Welker clone, I have a hard time believing that any the St Louis receivers would be any better than the 4th receivers on any other team in the NFL. When you look at Bradford’s numbers, they aren’t anything special. His yards per attempt is below average at 6.1 YPA and his QB rating is mediocre at 78. However, what I’ve been most impressed with is he’s been able to limit his turnovers despite having thrown the 3rd most passes this season. Most of the time whenever a QB starts throwing over 30 passes a game, they get sloppy and make mistakes. Couple this with the fact that most rookie QBs have high INT numbers their first season and you’d expect Bradford to have more than 14 INTs. It’s actually not bad when you consider how many passes he’s thrown too. Right now he averages an interception every 39.6 attempts. The last rookie QB to post a better number than that was Charlie Batch in1998 and he didn’t start every game. Not even Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, or Peyton Manning had a better interception per attempts ratio. While Mike Williams should definitely be in the discussion for offensive rookie of the year after his solid season, no player has succeeded with less or been put in a worse position than Sam Bradford. Despite all this, he’s found a way to win and get it done with much less than most teams have. Bradford should have no problems winning offensive rookie of the year and rightfully so.