The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants, 27-7, on Monday Night Football this week. It was a good win for Philadelphia. The Giants had won three straight games, and the Eagles beat them by three scores.
So yeah, not a bad day at the office.
And yet, there were concerns, mostly about Sam Bradford. Yes, Bradford threw for a respectable 280 yards, but he also had three interceptions. In fact, he has at least two interceptions in four of the Eagles’ six games and now has just nine touchdowns to nine interceptions on the season.
That’s not very good, especially for an offensive-minded team.
So, what do we make of the Bradford experiment? Is he the right fit for this offense? Is he good enough to get the Eagles to the top of the mountain?
“That remains to be seen,” Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I know this is his first year of really playing after being hurt the last couple of years, and it usually takes a guy a couple of years before he really gets his feet planted firmly on the ground before he feels comfortable about what he’s doing. But in this offense, I don’t think this is a good Sam Bradford offense. For one, you run the read option. Your quarterback has got to be some type of threat to run the football or why do you run the read option? They know that he’s never going to run the football, so why have him in this type of offense?”
Bradford has rushed 11 times for just 26 yards this season. He has zero rushing touchdowns.
“I think he should be in an offense where he can throw the football around and do the things that he’s really gifted at, which is throwing the ball from the pocket,” Moon said. “But I guess Chip Kelly saw something in him that he likes. He ran something similar to this in college, but he still didn’t run the football very much in college. But he was a very good thrower. He’s got to get his confidence back in the pocket. He still seems a little skittish to me as far as not wanting to get hit because he’s worried about being injured again. So he’s got to get over that.”
Bradford will have one more chance to get right before the bye. The Eagles (3-3) will face the undefeated Panthers (5-0) this Sunday in Carolina in a matchup of NFC division leaders. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.