Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had to learn an entirely new offence after the team hired Josh McDaniels as its new offensive coordinator in January.
But with the lockout prohibiting contact between NFL players and coaches, Bradford had to call on an unusual source for help — former Patriots coordinator and current University of Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
From Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times:
So Bradford tapped into Weis, who was in “install mode” anyway as he was preparing to teach the scheme to the [Florida] Gators in his first season at the school.
Bradford soaked in everything he could from Weis “so that when I got back here and sat down with Josh for the first time, we were still starting from square one, but it wasn’t the beginning of square one. At least I had seen things, the language wasn’t foreign to me.”
Weis and McDaniels both come out of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, so their offenses are similar.
This is good news for those who like the Rams as a sleeper team this year. Learning a new offence can be daunting (especially during a lockout), but it seems like Bradford has doing his homework, with Weis as his de facto teacher.
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