Monday, October 24, 2016

Tough day for the Sam Bradford Fan Club

And now a message from the president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club.

Well, that was ugly.

The Eagles jumped all over Bradford and his undefeated Minnesota Vikings Sunday, leaving the former Eagles' signal caller battered and confused en route to a 21-10 Eagles win at the Linc.

You know Bradford wanted nothing more than to be able to stick it to Howie Roseman, Jeff Lurie and all the others who kicked sand in his face repeatedly during his stormy stay in Philly.

Instead, it was Jim Schwartz's defense that did the kicking, harassing Bradford into a 24 of 41 day passing, including his first interception since donning purple.

Schwartz dialed up a mix of blitzes that constantly put pressure on Bradford. He was sacked six times, and banged around seemingly every time he dropped back to pass. The Eagles defense focused on the guy who just a few weeks ago was their leader and starting QB, knocking the ball out of his hands and leaving Bradford looking thoroughly confused and not particularly interested.

So harassed was the Vikings' signal caller that he was forced to offer up a classic Andy Reid-style dink and dunk attack in the fourth quarter, unable to throw the ball down the field, using up valuable clock while the Vikings were two scores down.

For those who hammered away at Bradford's preference for constantly checking down and throwing to his underneath receivers, this was validation.

The Vikings, coming off their bye, seemed to suffer the same malaise as the Eagles did after their week off, sleepwalking for most of the first half. This was the most mediocre 5-0 team I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, the Eagles were not a lot better.

The Vikings' defense certainly played better than their pathetic offense, hounding Carson Wentz into another mediocre day. The rookie signal caller did not help matters a lot by making a couple of bad first-half decisions, leading to two more interceptions.

At one point, it got so ugly that the teams traded turnovers on five consecutive possessions.

This morning, no one remembers any of that.

What they remember is that the Eagles dominated Bradford and the Vikings, dumping them from their perch as the NFL's last undefeated team.

So what if Wentz and the Eagles' offense was equally inept. Wentz is a rookie and is going to have games like that. What is Bradford'd excuse.

The president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club hereby resigns his position. I wish him well. I hope he takes the Vikings deep into the playoffs. But his performance yesterday, as well as his team, only reinforced what his detractors had been saying all along. There is, however, this final thought.

Given all that has happened in the last few weeks, remember that if Teddy Bridgewater's knee does not explode, none of this likely occurs.

Bradford is the Eagles' starting QB, checking off and dinking and dunking away. Would the Eagles be 4-2 under Bradford? Maybe. Probably not. Carson Wentz would not even have made an appearance if things had gone according to the Eagles' plan. Veteran Chase Daniel would be the backup. Wentz would be holding a clipboard.

Hard to believe that was just a few weeks ago.

This is now Wentz's team, and his town.

It was never really Sam Bradford's.

Yesterday only confirmed that.

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