5. Bringing back Sam Bradford
Probably the most controversial move on this list, but it’s a move that may make the most sense. Way more than people want to give it credit for.
Keeping Bradford maintains some of that continuity I was talking about earlier. Both in the locker room, and with the fan base. Say what you want, but the players came out and backed Bradford pretty quickly when it looked like he may be on the chopping-block. So he is, at the very least, a team guy. Unity isn’t a bad thing. Keeping Bradford also gives the team some wiggle room when it comes to the team’s future. Let’s say the right player comes along, in the draft. The Eagles have Bradford to manage the team and allow a new QB to groomed. Crazy, right?
Most new head coaches tend to draft their QB and try to run with him. Doug Pederson is in a pretty good situation and is no way handcuffed to Bradford. The team could easily draft a good prospect and tuck him away for next year. Pederson also bought himself the time to not have to reach for a quarterback this year, if the right fit isn’t available.
That’s not exactly music to Philly fans’ ears, but it makes sense strategically. At the very least, look at it this way; what were the alternatives? Colin Kaepernick? Ryan Fitzpatrick? Did anyone really want Matt Schaub to possibly be the starting QB?
That’s what I thought
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