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.
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.
October 16, 2015 |
EVER SINCE his unexpected arrival in Philadelphia in March, Sam Bradford has been viewed by many Eagles fans as just a guy passing through town. Initially, they thought he was simply going to be a way to get to Marcus Mariota. Then they figured it would be only a matter of time before his twice-repaired left ACL snapped again. Now? Now they wonder if he's just a $13 million rent-an-arm who will be taking a powder after the season. Judging by the pith-poor job they have done of marketing their soon-to-be 28-year-old quarterback, it would seem the Eagles have been wondering that themselves.
June 2, 2015 |
THE EAGLES were upfront from the day they traded for him in March, that Sam Bradford was still in midrecovery from his second ACL surgery in as many years. Still, it was a bit of a shock to confront the reality last week, when reporters were allowed to watch OTA work for the first time. The guy who's going to be paid $13 million to quarterback the team this year can't quarterback yet, and doesn't seem all that close to being full-go. He might do some seven-on-seven work today - Chip Kelly said Thursday that Bradford was scheduled to start that this week, though he didn't specify today, the only time reporters will watch workouts during that time span.
September 25, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY would never say so, but the Eagles probably envisioned giving Sam Bradford a little easier re-entry to the NFL. They had to think, based on their acquisitions at running back, and on how the preseason looked, that the ground game would carry the load early on, while Bradford found his legs and his timing. Nobody really thought four preseason series made Bradford ready to perform at an elite level, as he returned from back-to-back ACL tears and nearly two years of watching football instead of playing it. (Of course, that's assuming Bradford is capable of performing at an elite level, which circumstance and injury, at least, kept him from ever quite doing in St. Louis.)
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.
March 30, 2015 |
Sam Bradford never finished better than 18th in the NFL in completion percentage in four seasons with the Rams, and yet, when Chip Kelly was asked what separated the quarterback from Nick Foles, he said "overall accuracy. " The numbers don't support the Eagles coach's claim. Bradford's 58.6 career completion percentage is three points lower than Foles' 61.6 mark. But numbers don't always tell the full story, and it's clear that Kelly has calculated the difference he expects his offense will have on the success of Bradford following this month's trade with St. Louis.
May 1, 2015
"And with the second pick of the NFL draft, the Eagles officially entered the Sam Bradford era. " THAT'S NOT exactly what commissioner Roger Goodell said at 8:20 p.m. last night, but it's what Eagles fans should have heard. Perhaps now you can buy a "Bradford" jersey at the mall. All of the rumor and speculation surrounding Marcus Mariota ended when the Titans held fast and chose the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Eagles emperor Chip Kelly said the Birds spoke with both the Buccaneers and the Titans, who held the top two picks, on Wednesday and last night, but their asking prices were too high for the Eagles to even compile an offer.