ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The notion was picking up steam on Twitter, Facebook, and internet sites, Monday: Tim Tebow coming to the Rams in the wake of quarterback Sam Bradford being lost for the season with a knee injury.
Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams were shopping for backup quarterbacks, but he wouldn't name names.
He gave fans a little pep talk during his Monday night radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings in Creve Coeur.
He dropped a new line on fans, saying, “give ‘em hell with Kellen”, referring to Rams QB, Kellen Clemens, who will take Bradford’s place in the starting lineup.
Like Rams fans, the coach still seemed a bit shell-shocked; no more #8 in the huddle for the rest of the season.
It was an innocent looking trot out of bounds for Bradford in the fourth quarter at Carolina, Sunday.
But his left knee twisted as a Panthers player yanked him down, tearing Bradford’s ACL.
“His face when he writhing in pain and he was biting his hand. I thought he was gone when he started doing that. It didn’t look bad going down, but he looked like he was in a lot of pain,” said Rams fan, Barbara Barrett, who came to Buffalo Wild Wings to see Coach Fisher.
“He throws very good deep balls. He can also be fast at some times,” said her son, Zach, who was wearing a Bradford jersey
“I don’t think they’re going to win this year without him,” lamented fan, John Martin, who wondered if the Rams should draft a QB in the Spring. “I don’t know if (Bradford’s) their franchise quarterback. I think next year if they get a chance to get a really good guy, the guy from Louisville or someone like that, I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at him.”
But the coach – and Bradford’s teammates said, "whoa, hold off on the 'doom and gloom'".
Though Bradford had yet to do an interview since the injury, those closest to him on the team said he was already moving forward – looking to help the team win – as he goes through surgery and rehab.
“He’s onto the next week just like everybody else. Only thing is, now, this time, he’s going to be the one cheering for us, making sure he can help in any way that he can to get us ready for the next game,” said Rams Tackle, Rodger Saffold.
“There’s no reason to throw any towels here. We just lost a very, very good football player. I think collectively we’re all going to have to take a step forward,” said QB, Kellen Clemens.
“There's a book written in the late 90s. The title is a 'setback is a setup for your comeback'. Our comeback is already in place,” Coach Fisher stated at a news conference. “It was unfortunate. But (Sam will) be back. He'll be back and he's our quarterback.”
He said the Rams were “working out” backup QB candidates and may sign two new quarterbacks this week.