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October 27, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There is no curve for Sam Bradford. There cannot be. Your quarterback cannot occupy nearly 10 percent of your salary cap and play as if he's a 1-percenter. You cannot trade a serviceable, young quarterback like Nick Foles, plus a second-round pick, for a player who needs to knock the rust off. This is for better, and for worse. This neither assumes incompetence nor precludes excellence. Whatever he does, Bradford must be judged on his own merit, not the merit of his weapons or his protection or his coaches.
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May 29, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SAM BRADFORD didn't ask for any sort of reassurance as draft week approached and rumors flew about the Eagles' quest for Marcus Mariota, Bradford said yesterday. "We didn't really have any discussions like that," Bradford said after participating sparingly in an organized team activity session at NovaCare. "I don't think it's their job to fill me in on what they're thinking upstairs. " This was prefaced by the usual sportspeak from Bradford about not worrying over things he can't control.
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December 9, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SAM BRADFORD threw for only 120 yards Sunday. His longest completion gained just 20 yards, which is just not going to get the Eagles anywhere, in the long run. That is one way to look at it, and a lot of observers indeed dismissed Bradford's efforts in the Eagles' 35-28 victory at New England, a triumph fueled by three touchdowns the offense played no role in scoring. But regular visitors to this space will recall that I am the fellow who does not want to give up on Bradford - or at least, I'm the fellow who doesn't see any upside in giving up on Bradford, with games still to play and no alternative beckoning.
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October 1, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Staff Writer
Throughout those early days of 2013, when Chip Kelly was explaining himself in interview after interview as the NFL's hottest head coaching candidate, he revealed a dimension of his mind that remained rooted in conventional football thinking. At Oregon, Kelly had unleashed that revved-up offense of his, and he had everyone wondering whether he believed that the speed and simplicity of his system would allow any quarterback to orchestrate it, that his innovations were enough to overcome any quarterback's shortcomings.
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January 5, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the first time in three years, Sam Bradford had walked off the field after his final game of an NFL season, and he kept walking - through a tunnel to the visitors' locker room at MetLife Stadium, from the locker room to a news conference area, from behind that podium back to his locker. The room had quieted some by then, his teammates dressing quickly to board the Eagles' team bus and begin their offseasons, and Bradford paused before leaving to consider a question that, for all the tumult of these last four months, he never allowed to define him or his career.
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August 21, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SAM BRADFORD suffered his initial ACL tear on Oct. 20, 2013, a little more than 22 months ago. Since then he has taken exactly 37 snaps in football games. They all occurred in the 2014 preseason, before Bradford reinjured his left ACL last Aug. 23, in Cleveland. As Bradford prepares for his Eagles debut tomorrow night - 364 days later - against the Baltimore Ravens, the biggest concern obviously is that he not reinjure the knee. But just as relevant is that lack of real, live game action for the presumptive starting quarterback.
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November 25, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT'S DOWN to the shoulder, Sam Bradford said Tuesday, and he wasn't talking about carving strategies for Thursday's dinner. Bradford spoke to reporters for the first time since he suffered a concussion and a Grade II left shoulder AC sprain against Miami, and he was upbeat about his chances of playing in Detroit, where the Eagles visit the Lions for Thanksgiving. Bradford, Mark Sanchez, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Eagles coach Chip Kelly all said in various forums they didn't know whether Bradford or Sanchez will start.
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June 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WERE moments yesterday when Sam Bradford's face became a portal into his soul. Standing on a practice field in the sweltering heat, wearing a conspicuous black brace around his left knee, he drew back the veil on the emotions that raged within. They were all there, in their rawest forms: frustration, bewilderment, pain. By the time he had finished speaking, it was clear that the new Eagles quarterback had experienced a trial that no man should have to endure. I mean, seriously, have you ever been surrounded by 30 people yelling over the top of one another to ask repetitive questions about one of your body parts?
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December 4, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHEN SAM BRADFORD walked off the field, carrying his left arm at an awkward angle, the Eagles were 4-4, and were holding a 16-13 third-quarter lead over the visiting Miami Dolphins. This week, Bradford will get back behind the wheel and try to drive the team out of a 4-7 ditch, at the 10-1 New England Patriots. The Eagles last won at New England in 1987. So. Welcome back! "Obviously, the last two weeks have been tough, but I think our effort and energy at practice this week has been great . . . It would be easy for us to hang our heads and get down and go through the motions out there, but that hasn't been the case at all," said Bradford, who told reporters he expects to play this week, barring any sort of setback.
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July 22, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
C.J. Smith sat in the North Dakota State locker room when Carson Wentz walked in and passionately addressed the team last October. The Bison had just been beaten at home by South Dakota and the players quietly took off their gear the way players do when they lose a game they otherwise had no business losing. Wentz broke the silence. The quarterback and captain called out the team for being ill-prepared, for lacking energy at the start, and for failing to respond as the Coyotes mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, according to Smith.
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July 19, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT HAS BEEN a long, quiet summer. During the school year, a city in the midst of a historic run of athletic ineptitude at least gives you something to watch. Coaches get fired, general managers get replaced, players explode. But at least there's some noise. In the summer, the sound the city makes is one of silence. You walk into a bar and see TNT reruns playing on the television. Only when you check the internet do you remember there is a baseball game being played. With this in mind, let's take a moment to thank any or all of the deities or karmic energies in which we believe.
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June 20, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Part of the beauty in taking charge of a professional sports franchise is that while the winning clock is certainly ticking, it really isn't that loud for a while. Howie Roseman, who is back in control of the Eagles, never really went away, but his power did while Chip Kelly tried his luck at team building. That means Roseman gets a full reset on his clock now, with lots of time to get things right. Roseman is taking full advantage of that luxury this offseason. He has committed $280 million in future contract guarantees, some of which had to be done sooner rather than later, but some of which didn't.
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June 16, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
No matter how you or I or Howie Roseman or Doug Pederson or Tom Condon came down on the question that has defined the Eagles' offseason and will define their future - what should this team do at quarterback? - everyone could agree on the discussion's underpinnings. Everyone understood the choices that the Eagles, in pursuing and acquiring Carson Wentz, would have to make, the smaller questions implicit in that bigger one. Taking Sam Bradford's playing career and injury history into consideration, would it be smarter to commit to him than it would be to go after the No. 2 pick in the draft and, in turn, Wentz?
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June 13, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Sam Bradford hosted Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews at his Oklahoma home in March for a football version of spring break, and now the three of them plan to join other teammates for summer vacation in San Diego during the week of July 4. Vacation is a relative term in this case. It will be summer workouts and off-field bonding with quarterbacks and skill position players. It's similar to what a group of Eagles did last summer, but the group includes all three quarterbacks this year, with Bradford, rookie Carson Wentz, and backup Chase Daniel participating.
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June 11, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Cody Parkey and Caleb Sturgis did nothing Thursday. This is an exaggeration, of course, but just a slight one. They're competing for the Eagles' placekicking job, but at the team's final day of mandatory minicamp, their activities seemed more like vacation than they did competition. The Eagles' offense and defense practiced red-zone formations and strategy on one field at the NovaCare Complex. There, Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz were completing passes and sending defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz into an expletive-laden lather, and that action occupied everyone's attention.
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June 10, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IF THE EAGLES had conducted an organization-wide blood-pressure check in late April, right after Sam Bradford asked to be traded, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson's systolic and diastolic numbers both would have bordered on stroke level. And Chris Givens' numbers probably wouldn't have been very far behind. The 26-year-old wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in March for several reasons, not the least of which was the opportunity to be reunited with Bradford. The two played together in St. Louis for a season-and-a-half in 2012-13 and made beautiful music together until Bradford suffered back-to-back ACL injuries that caused him to miss the final nine games of the 2013 season and all of 2014.
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June 10, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
NOW THAT the Eagles have completed the shorts-and-two-hand-touch portion of their schedule and head off for some well-deserved R & R before the start of Camp Pederson in late July, I'd like to take a moment to offer some unsolicited advice to their "passionate" fans: Let it go. By "it," I mean your over-the-top anger toward quarterback Sam Bradford over his late-April trade request and two-week NovaCare boycott after the Eagles moved up to...
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June 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Doug Pederson was never in a position to skip offseason workouts or attempt to force a trade or hold out for a new contract, but it's likely he wanted to at one time or another, and, at the least, shared locker rooms with players that were able to take those stances without repercussions. Would he have preferred for Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles to attend all of his first offseason as Eagles coach? Is Riley Cooper looking for a job outside the fast food industry? But Pederson never said as much publicly, never questioned their desires, and never instigated a showdown even though the Eagles had leverage in each circumstance.
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June 10, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
CARSON WENTZ does something amazing just about every day, but he isn't ready to quarterback the Eagles, and he probably isn't going to be ready when the season opens in September. That isn't meant as a rip or as a "hot take. " It's an assessment of where we stand, with the Eagles wrapping up pretraining-camp work Friday. The more we are able to watch Wentz and Sam Bradford running Doug Pederson's offense, the more apparent it becomes that the Eagles didn't just blunder into employing both Bradford and Wentz, along with Chase Daniel, at the QB position for 2016.
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