The Redskins harassed Rams quarterback Sam Bradford constantly, sacking him seven times and hitting him 10 more times. Though he didn’t throw an interception, he completed just 20 of 43 passes for a rating of 64.5. In four games this season, Bradford doesn’t have a rating above 80, and he has been sacked 18 times.
“We’ve got to figure it out,” Bradford said. “You can say run three-step [drops]. You can say run quick-game. You can get the ball out of your hand quicker. But at some point, you’ve got to be able to throw the ball down the field. In order to do that, you’ve got to have time to read out the routes because they take time to develop.”
The Redskins thought the persistent pressure got to Bradford, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft.
“Any quarterback in this league that gets hit that much is gonna get rattled,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “I’ve seen the best quarterbacks in the league get roughed up, and they’ll lose it. I think Bradford is extremely talented. He’s got all the tools. But any quarterback, when you hit and harass him like we did today, he’s going to have a hard time.”
Even Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo noticed the pressure getting to his quarterback in the second half.
“It got to a point where you could see maybe he was feeling it,” Spagnuolo said.