Vikings benefit from extended presence of Sam Bradford

AP

Last year, the very late arrival of quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota offense was akin to changing a tire on a moving car. This year, the Vikings and Bradford have a full chance to tinker with the vehicle before putting it on the track.

The Vikings are raving about what Bradford can bring to the team with a full offseason of work, as opposed to late year — where there was no offseason work, no training camp, no preseason with Bradford.

“It is crazy because during the season, it was almost like he had been there all offseason, so for us now to have an offseason on top of that, what we did last year, it is great,” receiver Adam Thielen said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “Obviously him talking to us, telling us how he likes things done, how we like things done, kind of getting on the same page. That is what this is all about. I think we have gotten off to a great start.”

Despite Thielen’s positivity about Bradford in 2016, the Minnesota offense struggled, finishing 28th in total yards and slumping to a 3-8 finish after a 5-0 start. The abrupt resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner surely was a factor, as was poor play from the offensive line. Still, having Bradford for the full year as opposed to having him from Labor Day on — along with (presumably) having offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur employed through January — can’t hurt.

Assuming Bradford doesn’t get hurt. Despite a history of injuries, he took a beating last year but kept going. With Teddy Bridgewater’s status still undetermined, it will be important to keep Bradford healthy for as much of the season as possible.

23 responses to “Vikings benefit from extended presence of Sam Bradford

  1. Vikings raved about Teddy too and last year they raved about Peterson. Yet the results are the same.

    Winning teams have a successful front office Packers and Patriots are the benchmark

  2. Unsuccessful teams like the hapless and tasteless Vikings use these kinds of fluff pieces to improve morale during the summer.

    However, everyone knows they stink.

  3. I was really surprised by Bradford’s accuracy last year as I hadn’t watched him much before then. But as I said at this time last year, this team will go as far as the O-line can take them. The rest of the team is solid.

  4. irishgary says:
    Jun 13, 2017 11:25 AM
    Vikings raved about Teddy too and last year they raved about Peterson. Yet the results are the same.

    Winning teams have a successful front office Packers and Patriots are the benchmark

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    While I agree the pats have a good front office, the packers front office personnel thank their lucky stars for having ar. Without rodgers the packers are the same as the Browns.

  5. It must be the off season because it’s the only time of year when the Viking fans offer predictions of Superbowls.

    The Vikings offense was a hot mess last year and Pat Shurmur’s predictable play calling had as much to do with it as did the injuries. Whether the offensive line play improves that much (how could it get any worse?) remains to be seen but there is not an abundance of talent to begin with, even before the injuries hit. And yet the Vikings are pinning their fleeting hopes on a draft pick that fumbled 13 times in college. This will be fun to watch.

  6. irishgary says:
    Jun 13, 2017 11:25 AM
    Vikings raved about Teddy too and last year they raved about Peterson.

    Yet the results are the same.

    Winning teams have a successful front office Packers and Patriots are the benchmark.

    bridgeh2o says:

    The Pats are the benchmark.

    The packers?? I would say that the benchmark is NOT a 35-0 drubbing at one point in the NFC Championship game, finally losing by getting thrashed 44-21.

    The packers are Rodgers, pure and simple. They fall apart when Rodgers has gone down several times over the last few years.

    The Pats kinda keep rolling……….

  7. “Packers and Patriots are the benchmark”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    no.

    Patriots are the benchmark.

    The Packers are NOT the Patriots.

    wow, you guys are delusional

  8. The only people to benefit from the extended presence of Sam Bradford are his family, because he brings home a fat paycheck. No NFL team has ever shown any tangible benefit.

  9. Without rodgers the packers are the same as the Browns.
    ______

    False. The Packers have uglier uniforms.

  10. If Bradford can stay healthy they should be good enough to make a run into the playoffs. It’s nice to root for a team that makes moves to get better.

    It may not always pay off but it’s better than rooting for a team who has abyssal defense but refuses to make any improvements.

    Let’s face it, there’s only one Patriots and nobody else even comes close. Nobody.

  11. Interesting – Sam getting there late hurt them. As evidenced by their 5-0 start. It wasn’t until he was there a while and acclimated that they started to click and then went 3-8 to miss the playoffs.

    And as far as benchmarks – Mike McCarthy is one of the very few coaches I’ve ever heard BB talk about with a ton of respect. Unsolicited praise from BB is rare but he gives it about MM and the Packers.

    I’ll take his opinion over most.

  12. Why are we talking about the Packers here? No defense to speak of, and the offense? Talk about one dimensional…. you know you have abandoned any semblance of balance when you use a WR as a RB.

    This was supposed to be about whether the Vikings offense will be better with Bradford having a full off season. Well, it can’t be worse, can it? Improvement is contingent on a couple marginal starters and a rookie improving the oline, either a 2nd year guy with a complete fail for a first season or a rehabbing drunk on his third team in a year stepping up to be a Frontline WR, and a rookie RB producing. This should be….fun

  13. I dont think Bradford has ever went into a season with the same Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator /Offensive System as the year before. So it will be really interesting to see how he does when hes afforded the basic necessities a QB needs to be successful. This also means however that if he doesnt improve dramatically, that that excuse for why he hasnt lived up to expectations will be proven false.

  14. teal379 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 1:58 PM

    And as far as benchmarks – Mike McCarthy is one of the very few coaches I’ve ever heard BB talk about with a ton of respect. Unsolicited praise from BB is rare but he gives it about MM and the Packers.

    I’ll take his opinion over most.

    I wouldnt be bragging about BB having good things to say about your coach like its some proof of greatness. He has always had a lot of very nice unsolicited things to say about Chip Kelly too. He even got offensive tips from him. In fact look at his coaching tree. All failures. BB is a great coach with horrible taste in coaches.

  15. Ever since Zimmer got here, something has happened early in the season to completely change the way the offense is run compared to what was planned.

    2014:

    The plan – Matt Cassel will lead an offense featuring Adrian Peterson while rookie Teddy Bridgewater learns from the bench.

    Reality – Peterson was suspended after Week 1. Cassel was lost for the season in Week 3. Bridgewater learned on the fly with very few offensive weapons.

    2015:

    The plan – Bridgewater spent the whole offseason working on an offense that catered to his strengths, featuring a lot of shotgun sets and read option.

    Reality – After not playing in the preseason, it became clear in Week 1 that Peterson could not take a handoff from the shotgun and needed the ball a lot to be effective. The entire offense was changed to cater to Peterson’s strengths, which made it very predictable.

    2016:

    The plan – Bridgewater would take a big step forward in his third year and Peterson would become more versatile.

    Reality – Bridgewater lost before Week 1. Peterson was ineffective and essentially lost for the season in Week 2. Bradford comes in at the last minute and learns the offense on the fly. Norv Turner resigned midseason. The offensive line imploded with injuries.

    I don’t know what’s going to happen this season, but if they can maintain some consistency in what they’re practicing now and what they’ll be utilizing during the season, it can only help.

  16. filthymcnasty3 says:

    Unsuccessful teams like the hapless and tasteless Vikings use these kinds of fluff pieces to improve morale during the summer.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    What’s hilarious about you making this claim, is one of the key ingredients to being a successful team is winning games and making the playoffs.

    Since the inception of divisional play, no team in our division has had more consistent success than the Vikings.

    Compare that to the total incompetence of the team you choose to cheer for (and probably co-own with your $250 piece of toilet paper) – going 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season.

    Although, knowing you, you’re probably proud because that’s an all time NFL record.

  17. gtodriver says:
    Jun 13, 2017 6:47 PM
    Since the inception of divisional play, no team in our division has had more consistent success than the Vikings.

    Compare that to the total incompetence of the team you choose to cheer for (and probably co-own with your $250 piece of toilet paper) – going 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation
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    The Vikings own the all-time NFL records for futility; They own the record for most postseason losses, and they own the record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances. Alone those records are brutal. Combined, they are infamous.

    That includes all teams since the inception of the league, not conveniently only since 1961. Those records include all pre-merger teams……when only “six” teams played. It was a easy to lose often in those days, but not as easy as the Vikings have made it.

    The Vikings will need to win the next four SuperBowls in a row before another team has any chance whatsoever of rescuing them from that label of futility.

    So ask yourself: Who cares about the Dark Years of the Packers besides you? Not me. And I was there. I was there for every home game, win or lose and mostly lose. Those years made our fanbase unparalleled in professional sports. Those years are the reason you can’t stand to eat any more Packer crap sandwiches, because you miss those years. You must miss them……..you mention them everyday.

    Bon Appetit!

  18. Bradford is a much better QB than he has been given credit for.
    mcnasty I’d like to ask you, why are you here? Your Packers have done nothing to speak of, You are one player away from your team being 2-14, and he has thrown just about every player under the bus.
    Every Vikings story has the same GB fans EVERY SINGLE STORY posting to the best of their 5th grade aptitude.
    Yet when a Vikings fan posts on a Packer story they whine like Babies.. Crawl back under your rocks and we will see you on the field.
    Minnesota is going to surprise everybody and win the Division and shut people up.
    Go Sam, time to shine..

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