October 27, 2015 |
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.
May 29, 2015 |
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.
December 9, 2015 |
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.
October 1, 2015 |
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.
January 5, 2016 |
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.
August 21, 2015 |
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.
November 25, 2015 |
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.
June 18, 2015 |
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?
December 4, 2015 |
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.