Thursday, October 20, 2016

The return of Sam Bradford

Play it again, Sam.

There will be a familiar face wearing purple on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Yes, that will be Sam Bradford back behind center as the undefeated Vikings storm in South Philly fresh off their bye week.

Yesterday, Bradford had a conference call with the Philly media, and talked about his reaction when he went from the Eagles' starting quarterback just a week before the season opener, to being shipped to Minnesota for a 1st round draft pick in the aftermath of the knee injury that shelved Vikings' starter Teddy Bridgewater for the season.

The deal seems to have worked out for both teams.

The move opened the door for the Eagles to install Carson Wentz as their starter. Remember, the original plan was for Wentz to do little more than carry a clipboard on the sidelines as he watched during his first season. Bradford was the starter, and veteran Chase Daniel was the backup. Wentz would watch and learn, and wait his turn.

That timetable got tossed out the window when Bridgewater went down and the Vikings went on the market looking for a QB. That brought them to Howie Roseman, who managed to get back the 1st found pick he dealt away in order to move up and take Wentz.

And it's going pretty well for Bradford in Minnesota as well. He's blended into the Vikings' offense seamlessly, and led the team to an undfeated mark, even without standout running back Adrian Peterson, who has missed several weeks with an knee injury.

Bradford certainly seemed in good spirits while talking about the whirlwind of change he's experienced this year.

I admit to being a Bradford fan. I've even joked about being the president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club.

I think he got a raw deal, first from the injury gods, after he blew out his knee not once but twice, and still rehabbed and came back.

Then he was dealt by the Rams to the Eagles. He wasn't a particularly good fit in Chip Kelly's frenetic offense.

I had high hopes for him under Doug Pederson's more measure attack, which allowed him to huddle, come up to the line and make adjustments, and even call an audible. Those are the same things we see Wentz doing now for the Birds.

I said I thought Bradford would lead the Eagles to the NFC East crown and into the playoffs.

Now, I think he has a shot of leading the Vikings to the Super Bowl.

I hope he has a great day Sunday - in a losing effort!

Here's what "Sammy Sleeves" had to say yesterday.

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