Sam Bradford has gone175-for-258 (67.8 percent)for 1,959 yards and 10 touchdowns over the Eagles’ last seven games, good for a 99.1 rating. Projected over an entire season, Bradford would have had one of the best seasons in Birds’ history.
He’s been on the same page with Eagles receivers of late, has made some very impressive throws and has done a good job of eliminating unforced errors.
“We have a quarterbackthat’s extremely smart. We trust him,” Eagles interm head coach Pat Shumur said.
The quarterbackset team records this season in both completions (346) and completion percentage (65.0%), while finishing with the fourth-highest single-season passing yardage total (3,725).
Bradford, who threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in a Sunday win over New York, realizes this improvement and is proud of it.
“The longer I was out there the more comfortable I became,” Bradford said Sunday.”I think it just took a little longer than I had hoped to get to that level. Earlier in the season I just missed some throws I am not accustomed to missing but after the bye everything slowed down, and I played the way I knew I could play.”
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With his contract now expiring, the Eagles are without a head coach and starting quarterback. So what would it take to get Bradford to return?
Maybe retaining Shumur cold do the trick.
“The quarterback-headcoach relationship is extremely importantin any organization,” Bradford said when asked if Shumur would be a carrot to convince him to return for 2016.”Given the history I have with Pat, we were together my rookie year [in St. Louis]and were reunited this year, I think it would mean a lot to me. I really enjoyed playing for him today. If he is a candidate I hope he has serious consideration.”
The feeling is mutual, as Shurmurexplains how thoroughly impressed he is with Bradford, who has returned to form after two knee surgeries.
“What you’re seeing from Sam the last part of this year is more of what he is,” Shurmur said.”When you have two season-ending injuries, those are big time car wrecks, it doesn’t comeeasy. He had to learn a new system, he had to get comfortable with everything, the guys he was throwing to andthe new opponents.”