Philadelphia Eagles: Better On Offense Heading Into 2015?
By Pat Roach
Aug 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) moves to pass the ball in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
It’s clear that after all of the turmoil of an offseason mired in change, that the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 2015 roster is vastly different than it was one year ago. Whether this new-look Kelly team will yield significantly better results than its predecessor remains to be seen but an early look suggests that the needle may be pointing up. Here we take a look at the offense and how it has transformed over recent months:
Key Additions: Sam Bradford
Key Losses: Nick Foles
Although the position is hardly stabilized given the volatility of Sam Bradford’s injury history, it’s hard to argue that the team didn’t get more talented here. Nick Foles stamped his ticket out of town with his poor play last season, and Bradford’s pocket presence, mobility, arm strength, touch and accuracy are all superior to that of Foles’.
Many have expressed a lot of misplaced animosity towards Chip Kelly for acquiring Sam Bradford, but the fact of the matter is what roughly amounts to a net loss of a 2nd round pick is insignificant given the risk/reward: If Bradford pans out it’s a colossal steal, and if he doesn’t the team isn’t crippled in any way moving forward. A team has to take risks and get creative in its hunt for a franchise Quarterback, and standing pat and hoping that one drops onto your lap is a fools errand.
Regardless of perception, the Eagles’ Super Bowl aspirations will live and die by the quarterback position. That’s not to say that the Eagles will compete for a title this coming season, but a major injury to Bradford would effectively eliminate those chances no matter how small.
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