Positive Vibes for Bradford

Posted: June 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 75 Comments »

Most people were happy Sam Bradford re-signed with the Eagles. He wasn’t an ideal solution, but, as the Broncos can certainly tell you, there weren’t great QB options this offseason. Then Bradford lost a lot of support with the way he handled the Carson Wentz situation.

After 3 weeks of OTAs, it feels like things are once again good in the land of Sammy Sleeves. Les Bowen wrote a good piece on Bradford.

“Same old Sam,” wideout Josh Huff said Friday. “He’s been a leader in the huddle, been a leader in the meeting room, and he’s demanding perfection out of each and every one of us.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who reiterated Friday that Bradford is his No. 1 quarterback, was asked whether Bradford has separated himself from backup Chase Daniel and rookie Carson Wentz, the player the Eagles traded up to draft second overall, spurring Bradford to want to start anew elsewhere.

“I think so. I think he’s done an outstanding job,” Pederson said. “Again, when you’re spreading reps equally, with three guys, that’s what you want to see, and I think he’s really done a nice job and taken that next step to be the leader of this football team and be the starter.”

Some of this is boilerplate. If Bradford weren’t embracing his role as QB-for-now, Pederson wouldn’t announce that from behind a lectern. Teammates might or might not assert that everything was just great, depending on the teammate, and maybe on the presence or absence of TV cameras. But you can read someone’s manner. When it comes to discussing Bradford, there seems to be enthusiasm and maybe a little relief in the Eagles’ ranks.

That last bit is really interesting. I think Les has a pretty good BS meter. Sounds like he senses genuine enthusiasm and good feelings.

We pick on Bradford for a lot of reasons, but the bottom line is that he is a talented QB who played well down the stretch last year. The Eagles were 7-6 in games that he started and finished. Bradford got better as the season went along.

With an improved O-line and a group of WRs that should be better, Bradford could also be better in 2016. No one is putting the guy in the Hall of Fame, but this could be a breakout season for him. The key will be getting off to a better start.

In the first 7 starts of 2015, Bradford only had one game with a QB rating of higher than 90. In 3 of those games, his rating was 66 or lower. You don’t have to be an analytics guru to know that’s bad.

Bradford is healthy in June for the first time in a while. That’s helping him to practice, learn the offense and build some chemistry with his teammates. If Bradford can get his mental and emotional health to match his physical health, 2016 might be a good year for him.

I don’t know if the Sports Science department has a psychological wing, but getting regular praise from teammates, assistant coaches and Doug Pederson seems to be helping quite a bit so far.

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Bradford did develop good chemistry with Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews last year. I hope he can build on that.

This surprises me, but you can see some good throws under pressure in the video above.

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Another good sign.

Some of these summer get-togethers are overrated, but this is a good sign after the holdout and all that drama. Bradford has to focus on producing the best results in 2016. If he does that, the future will take care of itself.

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75 Comments on “Positive Vibes for Bradford”

  1. 1 Positive Vibes for Bradford - said at 9:00 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    […] Tommy Lawlor Most people were happy Sam Bradford re-signed with the Eagles. He wasn’t an ideal solution, […]

  2. 2 Cafone said at 9:08 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    I see it playing out like this: Bradford takes the Eagles to the NFC Championship game. They lose, but Bradford plays well enough that the Eagles keep him to take another shot in 2017. Bradford starts well again, but goes down to a season ending injury. Wentz starts the next week and takes the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

  3. 3 BobSmith77 said at 9:17 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    Fan can dream . . .

  4. 4 RobNE said at 10:34 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    Bledsoe?

  5. 5 Tumtum said at 10:50 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    Seems like the most likely scenario.

  6. 6 wee2424 said at 5:00 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Since your comment is the last thing i’m reading before I go to bed I wonder if I will dream it. Unfortunately, dreaming it is probably the closest we will get to that actually happening.

  7. 7 daveH said at 11:05 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Sweet dreams ??

  8. 8 Media Mike said at 7:46 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    How does that get us maximum draft pick compensation? If Bradford gets us to the NFC Championship game this year; I’ll be expecting huge returns in a trade.

  9. 9 Cafone said at 5:59 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    It doesn’t, but nobody cares.

  10. 10 theindianeagle said at 10:28 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Sounds like San Fran circa 2011-2012. Bradford is Smith and Wentz is Kap. If we can build a defense like their’s, I don’t see why it can’t happen.

  11. 11 Gary Barnes said at 12:04 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Do they win the SB? If its a dream after all….;)

  12. 12 Howie Littlefinger said at 3:01 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    I miss smoking bud

  13. 13 bsuperfi said at 4:06 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    There’s an easy solution to your problem.

  14. 14 ProbablyDrunk said at 11:53 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    ketamine?

  15. 15 OakBrigade said at 10:05 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    If the front office and the staff was planning the trade up since the beginning, it seems a smart move keep a veteran around.
    But why not a guy like Fitzpatrick? Yeah, he would have to pick up the offense and team mates, but would be a lot cheaper. And the result would not be that different with Bradford, maybe a little worse.

  16. 16 D3FB said at 10:59 PM on June 4th, 2016:

    Except he wouldn’t have been cheaper.

  17. 17 laeagle said at 12:40 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Fitzpatrick has turned down repeated offers from the Jets that are worth more than Daniel’s contract. What convinced you he would somehow be cheaper?

  18. 18 wee2424 said at 4:57 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    I’m not sure why you think Fitz would be cheaper. The situation in NY should make you think anything but that.

  19. 19 OakBrigade said at 12:50 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Guys,
    Bradford 18
    Seriously you guys think Fitzpratick would cost more than 18?

  20. 20 D3FB said at 7:32 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Except it’s not 18.

    It’s 12.5 with 5.5 in dead money next year. The 2 for 36 is all paper. He won’t see that, not here at least.

  21. 21 OakBrigade said at 7:46 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    You correct, 12.5. My mistake.
    But still, Bradford will cost at least 18 for one year, if we cut him next season.

    Doubt Fitz would cost more.

  22. 22 daveH said at 12:33 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    When does the zac efron ad get to be cut ? Am i the only one who thinks its way way too much ?

  23. 23 daveH said at 11:04 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Seeing a sneakers ad now .. relief from zac’s abs .. thank you technology

  24. 24 RobNE said at 11:14 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Maybe if you stopped googling Zach’s abs your ads would change?

  25. 25 daveH said at 2:07 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Yes the precise comment i feared the most
    How did it change the day i mentioned it ? Ooo even more strange indeed

  26. 26 CrackSammich said at 1:29 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Bradford having a good summer means the injury is just around the corner. It’s going to be like waiting for the dude to lose his arm in Hot Tub Time Machine.

  27. 27 wee2424 said at 4:56 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    That is a surprising stat for Bradford. While he did disappoint for the most part last year he also got better as the year went on. The entire team was dysfunctional last year, and it wasn’t all on him. With a healthy off season, hopefully a more functional product supplied by Pederson, and building on the chemistry with his weapons he should definitely have a better year. There is no excuse not to. The big question is just how much he improves.

    This upcoming year is definitely huge for determining how the rest of his career pans out, and i’m sure he is aware of it.

    Will be very interesting to see how the Eagles handle it if he has a very strong year. A Brees/Rivers scenario would be a great situation for this team.

  28. 28 daveH said at 11:08 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Its never “interesting to see how ..
    It might be great
    It might be painful
    It may be boring, uphoric or it might suck
    Might be expensive
    … it will never be “interesting “

  29. 29 Gian GEAGLE said at 11:46 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Not too surprised considering how impressive he was in terms of willing to stand tall, taking some big shots in the pocket to buy the WRs time for their routes to unfold. For a guy who came off a two year hiatus because of injuries, I Did not expect to see the tôughness he showed in the pocket, willingness to take some Huge shots while delivering some pretty accurate balls to the WRs… It was impressive for a normal QB, even more impressive for a guy who couldnt have possibly trusted his body completely during the first half of the season .
    ..
    I really didn’t know he had that type of “pocket Toughness” in him, and it should be even better this year now that he can trust his body more (mentally) having gotten thru a season relatively healthy while proving to himself that his body can take some big kill shots.
    ..
    Even more surprising than his high accuracy percentage ranking under pressure, was the fact that he was the #1’Rated most accurate QB while throwing on the run for most of the season.. Didn’t know he had that in him either.
    ..
    The Stats and the results werent what we would have liked, but there was more reason to get excited about his yeàr two potential than this FANBASE gives him credit for. Just the fact that we saw some nice improvement the second half of the season while everything around him was falling apart, was also a promisng sigń to be excited about.
    ..
    If our OL stays healthy enough to only play 5, or 6 (at the most) offensive Lineman during the course of the season, I will be very excited about $ammy Dollaz ability to win us this division.
    ..
    Who knows how much better his stats could have looked last year if the WRs cut down on half the drops, specifically all the accurate 3rd down throws that should have been completed but where dropped by the WRs, ending drives that our QB did his job trying to extend.. Not bad for A Rusty QB playing behind a suspect OL, and poor WR play. Sam also didn’t get to enjoy playing behind an Elite 3 headed monster run game that we hoped we would see going into the year
    .,
    I very much appreciate the eagles bringing Sam back, and giving us the opportunity to see how much more he is capable of, hopefully winning us the division, while also giving us a chance to eventually use him as a trade chip to try and recoup some Value…. knowing Howie Roseman, he will surprise us an end up finding away to get more trade value in return for Sam than what Chip gave up to trade for him

  30. 30 ChoTime said at 6:40 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    It’s not surprising in the context that he throws checkdowns while those guys are throwing strikes. Check out Yards-per-attempt: Palmer #1, Wilson #4, Rivers #16, Bradford #25. He is not nearly in their league.

  31. 31 wee2424 said at 8:01 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    While that is very true it is still better then the other QB’s that are behind him on the list. He is at least able to get the ball out to a receiver instead of throwing incomplete or taking a sack.

    You are absolutely correct that he isn’t in the league of the other QB’s on that list due to the YPA. Regardless of the YPA it is still better to be on that list that not on that list.

    I don’t think he will ever be a big YPA QB in this league, but I do think the weapons and Chip’s system plus the weak OL and ineffective run game limited the big pass play.

  32. 32 ChoTime said at 5:56 AM on June 6th, 2016:

    It’s better to be an accurate check-down guy than an inaccurate one. He’s probably a mid- or lower-tier starter in the league. So, better than everyone else in the world who plays QB than about 20 other people. Still, not really good enough, unfortunately.

  33. 33 Media Mike said at 8:35 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    What I find most worrisome about Bradford pertains to how well we can protect him.

    I like the right side of our line; a lot. Lane is really coming into his own and Brooks is a great signing.

    That is where my positive vibes end. Peters, although a HOF player, is at an age where I cannot bank on his health and durability improving. Barbre flat out stinks. Kelce was putrid last year.

    This line really scares me.

  34. 34 tball_man said at 9:29 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Was there anything to the bookends swapping positions during OTA’s? i seem to recall atleast one of the beats noting that. Pederson wants to run a power running scheme (less zone blocking I think) and might alleviate the instability we saw last year at LT position. That would prob exceed the Runyan/Andrews couple good years running power. And one hell of a large right side ~ 700 lbs. That doesn’t necessarily solve your concerns for Kelce, nor LG but there a bunch of options at both.

  35. 35 Media Mike said at 9:42 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Excellent points.

    I think the LT/RT swap-a-roo with Peters/Lane may have more to do with prepping Lane for when Peters misses time rather than the team actually planning on having that alignment for the whole season.

    I really hope the multitude of options pays off at LG. I’d love to see Wis or Semalalu win that job.

  36. 36 tball_man said at 9:57 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    Love that fact that we drafted both offensive lineman who have Polynesian descent. Tough SOB’s. My observation wanted to stress that If Bradford can see the pressure coming he’s got the tools to/decision making to make this year’s O very consistent…. if receivers can catch his passes of course. Peters whiffed a bunch on pass sets last year. Couple that with the amount of drops last year being absurd…. both hopefully being a anomaly, right?! Needle points up with Bradford in year 2.

  37. 37 meteorologist said at 1:12 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    People keep assuming Brooks is a great run blocker cuz he’s big lol

  38. 38 BobSmith77 said at 12:36 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Peters has a bad back with lower disc problems. I just don’t see how he is suddenly going to improve this year from a health perspective. If they get half a good year out of him, I’d be happy.

  39. 39 Bob Brewer said at 10:17 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    More great signs from Bradford at a time when it doesn’t mean anything. Turn the lights on, and he’ll go back to his mediocre self.

  40. 40 Patrick said at 11:51 AM on June 5th, 2016:

    I feel thats completely unfair to mention when the guy is undefeated in the postseason.

  41. 41 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:11 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Matt Lombardo claims that the Defense has been head and shoulders better than the offense so far in OTA’s, especially “The Secondary who has stolen the show and has been the big story of OTAs up TIL this point”, and also singled out Kendricks as a player who has been impressing
    .
    funny how anything an eagle beat reporter says, you can find another beat reporter that says the exact opposite, so who knows what’s really going on.
    ..
    Gotta make the most of this weeks mini camp. reporters have access to 3 days of practice, so there will be a ton of Info, reports, quotes and opinions provided this week before The players go Dark TIL late July training camp.. Hopefully Cox and Sproles show up to eliminate any impending drama
    .,
    I do Like that Bradford is taking ownership of the team and has scheduled a mini passing camp for him and his teammates in California during the down time before playërs report back from training camp
    ..
    Sounds like Givens is Impressing, doing a good job and could be a threat to Huffs playing time, having the deep end speed of Givens, along with the speed we get from a Healthy Agholar should be a nice upgrade to the speed we had on the field last year..hopefully Givens and Sam can connect on some big plays down field like Givens rookie season. It would also be great if his presence causes Huff to elevate his game and get his Ish together. Replaced Miles Austin with a burner who can stretch the field in Givens, and replaced Cooper with another big body WR in Randle who could be a solid weapon in the Redzone for us… Not sexy upgrades, but I do think our Group of WRs will be head and shoulders better than what we saw last year for various reasons:
    upgrade in Coaching with the Hack Bicknell gone
    Better QB play now that Sam has a year under his belt
    Better OL increasing our QBs chances to be successful
    Better plays now that Sam can take his time, see what the defense is about to throw at us and audible into the best play to attack what the defense is throwing at us
    better Run game,just by the fact that murray is gone, and we won’t run the same 3 plays over and over
    What’s also exciting is our Play action passes should be a much bigger threat now that we will run out of more formations than just shotgun
    ..
    Should be interesting to see how much better the offense performs now that defenses DONT know what we are throwing at them on half The plays
    .,
    The Right side of our OL is going to punish defenses. Brooks voted #4 in terms of FA acquisitions that will have the biggest immediate impact
    ..
    This is a very winnable division, anything less than #1 in the NFCE should be considered a failure. No reason why we,should feel like we can’t hang with the skins, Midgets or cowgirls

  42. 42 BobSmith77 said at 12:34 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    OTAs mean nothing . . . repeat 100x times.

  43. 43 RobNE said at 2:23 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    right but my problem is the preseason. I was blown away the past couple of years. I am really going to try to keep myself from forming many opinions this year.

  44. 44 RobNE said at 2:20 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Is Wentz invited to Sam’s west coast practice? how does that work?

    I really don’t expect much out of Huff anymore. I hope I am wrong.

  45. 45 wee2424 said at 9:04 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Makes sense. D is just naturally more instinctive then O. While both sides of the ball are learning a new schemes this D is reportedly somewhat simplistic. You have multiple players on D that have played in this scheme as well. Offense on the other hand only has Daniels. Not surprising news.

  46. 46 Gary Barnes said at 12:17 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    I think the equal reps so far between the 3 QB part is interesting.

    If Bradford is the acknowledged starter, is learning a new offense and if the Eagles’ main priority is Bradford having success this year with this team in this system, shouldn’t he be getting the majority of the reps?

    I assume this will start to change in this next mandatory camp and even more so in TC. If not, then I’d start to wonder what the Eagles’ real main priority is for this season.

  47. 47 meteorologist said at 1:01 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    He confirmed before that it will change in training camp

  48. 48 Gary Barnes said at 2:51 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Thank you for that, I missed it.

  49. 49 wee2424 said at 8:59 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    I think they are just giving equal reps to try and get them to learn the O and prepare them for TC. It will change once TC comes about.

  50. 50 BobSmith77 said at 12:33 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    This would have been a better picture for this post:

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b1/7c/ce/b17cce305734368fbafecb0e257300b4.jpg

  51. 51 TommyLawlor said at 5:33 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Brilliant.

  52. 52 PORCH MONKEY said at 3:22 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Bradford is a P U S S Y Indian.

  53. 53 Aaron said at 4:31 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    how’s it goin stupid

  54. 54 PORCH MONKEY said at 7:30 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    How’s it going, you pussy?

  55. 55 Aaron said at 9:06 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    porch monkey takes it deep, his mom

  56. 56 PORCH MONKEY said at 9:34 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    You are a dumb nigger

  57. 57 wee2424 said at 10:10 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    You can’t be happy with yourself.

    Tommy, can you block people like him for the sake of the site, and also for the sake of the individual poster. It may make him go and do something constructive for himself instead of him being frustrated with his failures and boredom and taking it out by annoying people here.

  58. 58 PORCH MONKEY said at 8:47 AM on June 6th, 2016:

    You really are dumb, they don’t read your comments nor will they block me, you dumbshit.

  59. 59 wee2424 said at 7:40 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    It is obvious that what I said really bothered you since you took the time find many of my recent comments and reply to them.

    Your effort just goes to prove that in your stomach you are probably really disgusted in yourself. I thank god that I wasn’t born like you. Sad little person.

  60. 60 wee2424 said at 5:49 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Says the guy talking smack on a blog.

  61. 61 PORCH MONKEY said at 8:48 AM on June 6th, 2016:

    Says the MORON

  62. 62 Aaron said at 4:31 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    1st

  63. 63 eagleyankfan said at 6:34 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Any update on Cox attending camp?

  64. 64 Media Mike said at 7:16 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Moesher was on Sirius today saying he didn’t thing Cox would report to the mandatory mini-camp. That gets interesting because that starts costing Cox money.

  65. 65 daveH said at 8:52 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Thats not interesting at all
    Thats sucks

  66. 66 Media Mike said at 8:53 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    I agree it would be less than ideal.

  67. 67 wee2424 said at 8:53 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    History states that he probably wont.

  68. 68 Media Mike said at 8:54 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    I hope you’re correct.

  69. 69 wee2424 said at 8:57 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    I meant I don’t think he will report, not I don’t think he will skip.

  70. 70 Media Mike said at 9:00 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Gotcha. I guess we’ll find out.

  71. 71 wee2424 said at 9:45 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Yup, I could have been more specific. We will find out though. I am not to worried about him missing time. He is a high character guy and he will stay in shape. He has briefly played in this scheme before, and as a DT it will be very simple for him to catch up.

    In a way it is sort of beneficial to the team if he misses time. Means the other young DTs get more reps. There is usually something good in a non ideal scenario, even if the good is small.

  72. 72 Gian GEAGLE said at 8:26 AM on June 6th, 2016:

    Not true.. Fletcher is in philly

  73. 73 wee2424 said at 10:05 PM on June 5th, 2016:

    Boykin reportedly not being signed because he may have a degenerative hip condition in which it causes one leg to be longer then the other. I remember him having small hip issues in the past, but it must have gotten worse.

    If it is true it makes sense. Kid is talented, young, plays a premier position, outstanding ST gunner, and reportedly is a good guy. There is really no other reason then an injury as to why he isn’t on a team.

    Fluid hips are very important for skill positions, especially for a CB. Having hip issues can also contribute to balance issues.

    Pitt says in so many words that we were aware of it, and that their doctors didn’t pick it up. If this is true then we can’t blame Chip for trading him.

  74. 74 MagHelpsHubby.... said at 4:25 AM on June 6th, 2016:

    I didn’t blame Chip in the first place. Trades happen every day in the sports world. Also Boykin made some noise about “culture ” which seemed a bit foolish. Considering the photos of him and Chip, arms around each other, laughing their faces off.

  75. 75 wee2424 said at 7:46 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    The noise was made after the trade. If the hip issue isn’t as to why he was traded then I do blame Chip. Just because trades are made all the time in the sports world does not mean it was a good trade.