Chip Kelly reveals thought process behind Bradford trade

 
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly seems to provide some pretty sound logic behind why he traded for Sam Bradford.© Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Eagles head coach Chip Kelly seems to provide some pretty sound logic behind why he traded for Sam Bradford. By David Kenyon

Nick Saban’s attempted leap from college to the NFL was largely unsuccessfully because of a move the Miami Dolphins didn’t make, and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly didn’t want to follow the same path.

Back in 2006, the Dolphins had a chance to sign Drew Brees, who had recently undergone shoulder surgery, but team doctors suggested Miami pass on the quarterback. In hindsight, it’s easy to see the problem with that decision, especially considering the Dolphins ultimately signed Daunte Culpepper.

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, Kelly wanted to avoid a similar failure, and in his mind, the best available option was the oft-injured Sam Bradford. Kelly said:

“The impact Drew had on the Saints was really what we studied. What would this league be like if Nick Saban had Drew Brees? Would Nick have ever gone back to Alabama?”

Bradford’s story is well-known by this point. The former No. 1 overall pick has torn his left ACL in each of the last two seasons, an injury that has limited him to only seven appearances since 2013.

However, if—and that’s an admittedly large if—Bradford can remain healthy, he possesses the talent for a special season. The Oklahoma product has tossed 59 touchdowns to 38 interceptions throughout his career, and Kelly’s high-efficiency offense should fit Bradford’s skills.

Considering the alternatives to Bradford this offseason—Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Josh McCown and Matt Schaub, among others—Kelly indeed grabbed the best quarterback on the market.

Now, it’s up to Bradford to hold up his end of the bargain.

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7 Responses to “Chip Kelly reveals thought process behind Bradford trade”

  1. ck says:

    Eagles game against GB starts at 8:00 p.m. tonight (according to website).
    They stated no starters will be in for the last preseason game which is the next one at #4 and Tebow will get lots of play time, hopefully! GO TEBOW!!

  2. jp says:

    18-30-1 loses on the big stage against T takes a light hit last week and all of philly goes crazy for six days.. Going to be a neurotic season especially if the birds start slowly

  3. PhillyFred says:

    Drew Brees had already made a Pro Bowl and the playoffs in his first 5 seasons before switching teams. Bradford had not.

  4. Sage says:

    It’s Year One for the Jaguars. They will show themselves tough and on the come with 4 or 5 REAL wins this year. That’s a huge step from 2 or 3 wins during Caldwell’s first two seasons. Next year is Year Two, so there will be some regression to just 2 or 3 wins. But this time they will be tough, REAL wins. So next year’s regression will be the clearest sign of the Jaguars’ ascent under Caldwell, and grounds to extend him 6 years. Neither Rome nor 7 – 9 seasons are built in a day.

    • jp says:

      Its fantastically amazing that the biggest T BASHERS ARE THE COMPULSIVE LOSERS…. PATS GAVE T A LEGIT LOOK AND WERE CLASSY IT WAS JUST NOT FOR T…LETS HOPE THE BIRDS WORK OUT

      • Danny says:

        You are right jp. If the Pats kept three quarterbacks (which they typically don’t ) Tim would have made the roster. Remember too that with Tim’s contact with Tom Brady he was introduced to Tom House. A good experience for Tim, even if he didn’t make the pats roster.

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