Chip Kelly excited about improvement he sees in Sam Bradford

AP

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford struggled during the first half of the season with turnovers playing a big role in creating the problems that helped Philly to a 3-4 record after their first seven games.

Things have been better over Bradford’s last four starts. After throwing 10 interceptions in his first seven games, Bradford has just one in the last four and the Eagles have won three of those games to keep themselves in the mix for the NFC East crown. It sounds like coach Chip Kelly expects Bradford’s results to continue to improve in the final three weeks as a result of Bradford’s growing experience in the offense.

“Name any quarterback playing at a really high level now and they’ve been playing in the system for years, not for months, and that’s what Sam’s case is,” Kelly said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s just been playing in our system for months. But I’ve said it and I’ll continue to say it, I just see improvement from Sam on a weekly basis that gets you excited about him.”

Based on that trajectory, it’s not surprising that Kelly was also talking about Bradford’s return for the 2016 season. Contract talks have been on hold since the preseason, but Kelly said the team “wouldn’t have traded for” Bradford if they thought he would be gone after the 2015 season and his feelings about what more time in the system would bring suggests the team isn’t looking to start over again next year.

28 responses to “Chip Kelly excited about improvement he sees in Sam Bradford

  1. What is he gonna say?

    “I traded for this guy & I realize he’s never going to function in my system as I thought he would. This is another mistake dumb I made in the off-season. But I look forward to another year here in Philly & I really appreciate everyone’s short memory in regards to me serving up 45-17 & 45-14 losses in back to back weeks & me not producing any playoff wins in my 3 seasons as your coach & now GM too!. I am committed to continuing my experiments into pro football at Jeff Lurie’s expense.”

  2. And even that one pick (from Sunday) wasn’t ANYTHING to do with Bradford. He threw the ball perfectly. It was IN the receiver’s hands and McKelvin just took it from the receiver. On top of that, the ball also hit the ground during McKelvin’s possession and it should have been overturned as incomplete.

  3. OF COURSE Kelly is going to gush about how ‘great’ Bradford is – otherwise he’d have to admit that he made another huge mistake (DeMarco Murray) trading for him. Let’s see how big a new contract they’ll offer him next year, though. $5 million tops.

  4. Bradford is 6 and 5 this year so at least he has a winning record. And that’s with the team learning to grow together. I’d like to think had he been the QB and not Sanchez those 2 embarrassing losses may have not been wins but at least they would have played them closer. When the offense goes 3 and out 5 times in a row the defense starts to break down. Especially when those offensive series take 40 seconds. When this offense doesn’t click it looks so horrible.

  5. He really has improved. Since we invested a 2nd round pick to trade for him, it makes sense to keep him now that he’s taking care of the ball and winning games (in fact his 1 pick in the last 4 games shouldn’t have been a pick).

  6. What a joke. If the Bills didn’t shoot themselves in the ass w 15 penalties then Eagle nation is calling for SAMs head. He SUCKS

  7. RPMan says:
    Dec 15, 2015 8:58 AM
    He really has improved. Since we invested a 2nd round pick to trade for him, it makes sense to keep him now that he’s taking care of the ball and winning games (in fact his 1 pick in the last 4 games shouldn’t have been a pick).

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    Bradford was looking for a $20+mill/yr long term contract seeing as how he is coming off of the last big money rookie contracts. $13 mill this year.

    The bar for that kind of contract shouldn’t be “He’s not as bad as he was earlier in the season and we have noone else”.

  8. …. I swear if the Eagles sign Bradford to long term, big $$$ contract I am burning ALL my Eagles memorabilia & stuff…….of course that might backfire since I have several Eagles decals on my car.

  9. Of course, behind closed doors, they’ll continue to look to upgrade the position. Once the season’s over, they’ll see where they sit in the draft and what’s out there that they like better than Sam.

    That said, with the current paltry QB market, they may not actually find anyone they like better than Sam.

  10. Bradford is putting the ball right on the money. He has no WRs and a crappy 0-line. You can see why they thought he was a big upgrade from Foles. I’m glad that Chip is running the team, and not the WIP idiots who want Kaepernick or RG3. Morons!

  11. Kelly is absolutely right. Bradford is a veteran, so he already can recognize what the defenses are trying to do. Now that he has a few games under his belt in this new system. he’s getting better quickly. If he could just stay healthy (and obviously that’s a big if) he’s an elite QB.

  12. schmedley69 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:51 AM
    Bradford is putting the ball right on the money. He has no WRs and a crappy 0-line. You can see why they thought he was a big upgrade from Foles. I’m glad that Chip is running the team, and not the WIP idiots who want Kaepernick or RG3. Morons!

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    Even if you think that Bradford has potential. The Eagles would’ve paid $13 mill for him to work the rust off this year to no benefit of the Eagles this year. On top of that if the Eagles don’t make him one of the richest players in the league he is walking.

    On top of that you complain about the WRs and the OLine while praising Chip. Chip is the one who destroyed the offensive line and overhauled the WRs.

    I do not want Kaep or RGIII either but I think they have a better chance than Bradford being an Eagle next year.

  13. On top of that you complain about the WRs and the OLine while praising Chip. Chip is the one who destroyed the offensive line and overhauled the WRs.

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    WRs, what was Chip supposed to do? Maclin walked because he wanted to. Everyone keeps saying that Chip shipped Maclin out. Maclin was a UFA and he wasn’t worth the franchise tag. The Eagles TRIED to resign him, and offered him good money, but A) He wanted to be with Andy in KC, B) KC over paid, and C) He’s from Missouri. He wanted to go home.

    O-Line, absolutely, but lets be honest here. Herremans was benched in Indy and Mathis hasn’t exactly been on fire in Denver either. Mathis has a crappy attitude year in and out, and Herremans is done. I’d say that they MAY have been a SLIGHT upgrade over what’s there now, but not enough to justify the prices and egos involved.

    I think the BIGGEST mistake the Eagles made was Murray, but NO ONE thought that was a bad move in the offseason. Lots of people are revising history currently, but it was a big win in the offseason.

  14. He’s right, Bradford has quietly played very well lately, showed toughness in the face of the rush and been pretty efficient. We’ll see what the rest of the season holds but he’s trending in the right direction for sure.

  15. Bradford hasn’t been bad the last couple of games, but other than one beautiful throw to Agholor, he’s done little to get excited about.

  16. 23-38 1 td and 1 int vs bills

    14-24 2 tds vs pats

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    That’s huge improvement? Chip speaks to make himself believe what he did is right . everyone in Philly waits for the outcome of the game and then they decide if Bradford is good or not. If they lost those two games, which they probably should have, they would be saying how terrible Bradford is. Those aren’t good number contrary to the outcome of the game. He is a game manager and the eagles are going no where with him at QB. But keep up the great work Sam.

  17. That’s huge improvement? Chip speaks to make himself believe what he did is right . everyone in Philly waits for the outcome of the game and then they decide if Bradford is good or not. If they lost those two games, which they probably should have, they would be saying how terrible Bradford is. Those aren’t good number contrary to the outcome of the game. He is a game manager and the eagles are going no where with him at QB. But keep up the great work Sam.
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    I disagree. He’s a game manager because thats the ceiling currently with these receivers and blocking. How many receivers can he hit in the hands or the chest only to have them not catch it? Thats Sam’s fault? Even 3-4 of his INTs were balls that hit the receiver in the hands or chest and the receiver bobbled or batted the ball into the air for an INT. If this guy is sitting at 14TD’s and 8 INTs instead of 11 (and lets be honest, the one on Sunday was NOT an INT nor any fault of Sam), then what? He’s @ 82.9 QBR right now, but over his last 4 games, its over 100.

    Has been a world beater? Absolutely not. However he hasn’t been asked to be.

  18. cmon people.

    just give Bradford a chance. how can anyone expect sam to win instantly ? he needs game experience in the system. at least one complete season. friggin eagles fans want instant gratification. bunch of crybabies. guaranteed he is better than anyone else that we could get for next season. with some outside receiver help and some consistency at O-line and he will flourish.

  19. “Bradford is 6-2 in the last 8 games he’s started and finished. Hard to argue with that.”

    -So overall for his career he is: 26-31-1 in games he’s started.
    -Out of a possible 82 games he’s started 58. It’s east to argue this guy is not the answer because he has two pedestrian games against a banged up NE team where we blew a 28 point lead to 7 points & this past weeks gift after blowing a 4th qtr 10 point lead.
    -Chip Kelly is now 25-21 in his last 46 games, after starting 10-6 with Andy’s players.
    -Is that what makes him a starting/franchise QB?
    -Both Bradford & Kelly have zero playoff wins.

    -I miss Andy and the reliable birds, those teams were fun to watch & they won playoff games.
    -In Andy’s 13 year tenure, name another coach that had the success Andy had. 5 NFC championship games & a SB appearance.
    -From 1999 what other coaches except for Bill Belichick took their team to 5 championship games & the super bowl?
    -When he was fired he was still considered one of the top 10 coaches in the NFL.

    –This college fast paced run & shoot flood the field & go back the other way college offense is getting shut down by teams now seeing & studying how & why on film, do not expect the trend of this offense working consistently, most fast smart defenses will stop it & us from winning anything with Chip Kelly as our coach.

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