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Doug Pederson: Bradford is our starter, Daniel is our backup

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson wants to put any thought of a quarterback controversy to rest.

After the Eagles signed quarterback Chase Daniel on Wednesday, questions were raised about whether Daniel could unseat Sam Bradford as the starter. But Pederson said today that everyone understands the pecking order, and Bradford is ahead of Daniel on the depth chart.

“Sam Bradford is the No. 1. Chase Daniel is the No. 2,” Pederson said. “We’re working on the No. 3.”

So let there be no doubt: Bradford will open camp as the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback. Realistically, however, Daniel’s familiarity with Pederson’s offense may give him a chance to out-perform Bradford and unseat him as the starter. And given Bradford’s injury history, there’s a pretty good chance Daniel will start at some time this season.

Pederson’s comments also strongly suggest that Mark Sanchez is not in the team’s plans. Although Pederson says it’s possible that Sanchez could be the Eagles’ third quarterback, his $4.5 million base salary makes it awfully unlikely that the Eagles will keep him. They’ll try to trade him, and if they can’t, they’ll release him.

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42 Responses to “Doug Pederson: Bradford is our starter, Daniel is our backup”
  1. eglsfan says: Mar 10, 2016 3:42 PM

    Until he isnt

  2. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 10, 2016 3:45 PM

    7 MM is a lot of MOOLA for a “No, 2”, DOUG!

    – eagles fan w questions

  3. iamkillerfin says: Mar 10, 2016 3:45 PM

    Daniel WILL be the starter because Bradford can’t stay healthy!!!

  4. steelerben says: Mar 10, 2016 3:46 PM

    Translation: Denver isn’t biting on a trade.

  5. iammrbinky says: Mar 10, 2016 3:46 PM

    12 mil guaranteed for a backup. Market is crazy this year and only going to get more ridiculous. To many teams with to much money and not enough high quality players to spend it on.

  6. eagles1960 says: Mar 10, 2016 3:49 PM

    You tell e. Doug.

  7. aneaglesfan says: Mar 10, 2016 3:49 PM

    Dear Sam,
    Good luck with whatever team trades for you.

  8. Tuco_S says: Mar 10, 2016 3:50 PM

    Bradford is loser #1, Daniel is loser #2

  9. kcchefs58 says: Mar 10, 2016 3:52 PM

    His statement is true, until they unload Bradford.

  10. tdubdizzle says: Mar 10, 2016 3:52 PM

    You know what they say, when you have two starting Quarterbacks you have none.

  11. jjb0811 says: Mar 10, 2016 3:53 PM

    What’s Parcels old adage; when you have 2 QB’s you really have none. That’s Philly.

  12. jpk6044 says: Mar 10, 2016 3:54 PM


  13. typicalnipple says: Mar 10, 2016 3:54 PM

    The No.3 will be Big John Football. On yea!!!

  14. Youknowimright says: Mar 10, 2016 3:56 PM

    “Sam Bradford is the No. 1. Chase Daniel is the No. 2,”

    That’s ugly. Where can you go with those two guys? that is really the question. the answer not very far.

  15. chawk12thman says: Mar 10, 2016 3:56 PM

    Was hard to believe Bradford was not the publicly proclaimed “starter”, but it is easy to believe Sanchez will be cut….He will likely end up the number 3 QB for a team at the Vet Minimum. Bradford needs to proudly and animatedly remain the #1 QB if they have any hopes of keeping his trade value high in case something can be worked out. Absent that, they have no hope of doing anything other than starting him……

  16. getakluwe says: Mar 10, 2016 3:58 PM

    Trade Sanchez to Cleveland. There could be no better home for a butt-fumbling bumbler than there.

  17. raaz227httr says: Mar 10, 2016 3:59 PM

    Good luck Iggles.

  18. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 10, 2016 3:59 PM

    All of these loser teams spending outrageous money to continue their losing ways.

  19. accipiterq says: Mar 10, 2016 4:04 PM

    25 million. 25 million for 2 quarterbacks. Two mediocre quarterbacks.

  20. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:07 PM

    Actually Sam Bradford put up decent numbers at times last season.Keep in mind Bradford had lousey recievers and a horrible o line!

  21. santamoss says: Mar 10, 2016 4:09 PM

    Daniel came into the league as an UDFA in 2009 and has never had an impact as a starting QB anywhere. If he is ever counted on to be anything other than a short term fill-in for a banged up Bradford, this would not be a good plan.

  22. phootballphorever says: Mar 10, 2016 4:09 PM

    Dallas could use Sanchez. Their backups are slightly above Pop Warner level.

  23. xavier179 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:10 PM

    Cowboys, I think Mark Sanchez is a viable candidate for a backup qb.

  24. kcflake says: Mar 10, 2016 4:13 PM

    Fast Forward 12 months: Chase Daniel related Tampering Charges against Eagles.

  25. nenlain says: Mar 10, 2016 4:15 PM

    Bye Sanchez! BUH BYE!

  26. Seprix says: Mar 10, 2016 4:23 PM

    Bradford isn’t bad. But he isn’t elite. He’s like Jay Cutler in that he has potential, but he’ll never quite get there. Build a good defense and maybe they’ll both take you to the promised land, but these types of QBs are not elite.

  27. 81megatron81 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:24 PM

    “Vote of confidence “

  28. dalfanforever says: Mar 10, 2016 4:39 PM

    That’s a crap ton of money for two QBs!!

  29. jsmith563 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:43 PM

    so they are currently paying $30M+ to their QB position with no quality – wow……….

  30. a1b24312 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:45 PM

    Clearly, Pederson did not go to HC school. You don’t publicly disclose so as to allow for all possible options.

    No wonder is was the low hanging fruit in their recent keystone kops HC “search”.

  31. huh6016 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:47 PM

    Well you can’t have a QB controversy with those two……

  32. smokehouse56 says: Mar 10, 2016 4:48 PM

    The post Chip moves the Eagle have made are very positive. It seems the Eagles are back on track. It will be interesting to see what the Eagles do with that #8 pick that got from Miami. The word in the Philly media is that they will pick to best possible player regardless of position. Unless one of the two top quarter backs fall into their lap.

  33. fordmandalay says: Mar 10, 2016 4:54 PM

    Kelly’s plan was to get Bradford under contract, and now he’ll use him as trade bait so the Eagles can move up in the draft and pick Mariota! GENIUS!! Oh….wait….

  34. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 10, 2016 4:57 PM

    7 million for a back up #what a mess in Philly

  35. nflrule says: Mar 10, 2016 5:06 PM

    Last year the Iggles paid too much for running backs and now they paid way too much for quarterbacks.Too funny.

  36. patsbrat says: Mar 10, 2016 5:10 PM

    Thus concludes Sanchez’s meteoric rise from 5th overall pick to camp arm.

  37. cobibones13 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:42 PM

    It’s the worst QB battle since Rex Grossman v. John Beck

  38. silentbenstrikesback says: Mar 10, 2016 7:29 PM

    You Philly fans are going to come to love Chase Daniel. He’s a solid backup and is very capable of leading an offense, especially one with which he’s familiar.

    As a Chief’s fan, I’d have preferred keeping him over Alex Smith even, but Andy handed the keys to the team to Alex instead. The stray QB’s we’re left with, added together, don’t compare. Good luck Chase, you’ll be starting as soon as Bradford catches his next cold.

  39. zack2482 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:23 PM

    Eagles fans making jokes about Sanchez to Dallas. Hah, he’s on your roster losers!!

  40. bassplucker says: Mar 10, 2016 9:12 PM

    They both smell like No. 2 from what I’ve seen.

  41. racyman57 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:23 PM

    Yeah, Bradford may be the starter in March, but with his injury history, Chase Daniel’s knowledge of Pedersen’s offense and, in my opinion as a longtime Chiefs fan, possibly the better overall QB.

    Chase is efficient, accurate, intelligent and can escape the pocket, if necessary. In the 2 games that he started for the Chiefs, he played well and there was no noticeable dropoff from Alex Smith. I think he deserves a shot at being a starter and under Doug Pedersen, who obviously has a lot of faith in Chase, I think he could thrive.

    I wish only the best for the guy and am glad that he is in the NFC.

  42. hollymolley says: Mar 11, 2016 7:05 AM

    Don’t know if there is room on the team, but if the opportunity presents itself, check out Chris Hackenberg …

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