Cardinals QB Sam Bradford takes ownership of ‘frustrating’ start for offense, vows to get better
The Arizona Cardinals are off to a bit of a rough start out of the gate to the season dropping the first two games in some disappointing fashion that has put much of the scrutiny on the play of veteran quarterback Sam Bradford.
In response to this slow start, Bradford has voiced that he takes responsibility for the Cardinals’ offensive woes that have put his team in a bit of an early rut in the 2018 campaign, according to Bob Baum of The Associated Press.
“I think as a quarterback, you always take ownership of the offense,” Bradford said after practice Wednesday. “To be honest, I don’t really pay attention to what’s being said outside this building. I just know however I do it, I’ve got to figure out a way to get this offense going. Find ways to make plays, find ways to get us going, and that’s how I’ve tried to approach it this week.”
Bradford has struggled tremendously throwing the ball in his first two games with the Cardinals completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 243 yards with zero touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 55.6 passer rating. These issues were quite prevalent in the 34-0 shutout loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday as he threw for 90 yards on 17-of-27 completed passes with an interception. This saw him only push the offense past the 50-yard line once that came in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals offense has had much difficulty putting points on the board in the first two weeks with just one touchdown while being last in the league with 114.0 passing yards per game and 31st with 61.0 rushing yards per contest. This pace has potentially put them into the situation of possibly considering putting in rookie Josh Rosen if these issues continue.
All of this only further heightens the importance for Bradford to get back on track in Week 3 against the Bears, who have one of the league’s top defenses that now features All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack. His performance this upcoming Sunday could be extremely indicative of his future under center this season.