SUCK it up! Sam Bradford is likely the Eagles starting QB for the 2016 season. Yeah, yeah. I don’t like it either, but unless something stupendous happens in the next two weeks, we’ll spend Sundays this season rooting for Bradford. Again.
Consider the realistic alternatives:
The Back-up: Chase Daniel is going to get a shot at unseating Bradford. If this idea makes you happy, hey, go ahead and hope that it happens. Realistically speaking though, nothing Daniel has ever done should inspire more (or even as much) confidence from fans than is generated by Bradford.
A Trade: Okay. For who? Last time I checked, no team in 32 was dangling a starting caliber QB for trade. Not one. In fact, even Brandon Weeden was snatched back up off the pavement by Houston. This was also after they publicly made a bunch of noise about moving on from the QB’s on their roster. But pickings were slim, so they quickly added Weeden back to their roster before someone else could capitalize on their mistake.
Signing Private Ryan: So many reasons not to do that. Age. An undistinguished career. A demand for too much damned money. The guaranteed money we’re already on the hook for to Bradford and Daniel. There are too many reasons not to sign, or even want to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Draft: The QB the Eagles wanted [Carson Wentz] won’t be on the board now that the Rams have moved up to the #1 spot; and if the Cowboys have an ounce of sense, then [Jared Goff] will be off the board a couple picks later. There are other QB’s, but aside from one or two guys this year, everyone else is a developmental project. That means a rookie likely wouldn’t lead us to a winning record this year, which is what everyone says is the knock on Bradford.
I myself wouldn’t mind the idea of writing off 2016 to give a rookie QB the necessary on the job training. However, that’s not likely to happen. Eagles brass wants a winner every year, so they aren’t likely to give new Head Coach Doug Pederson a “free season”. This means a veteran QB will open our season, and right now there isn’t a better veteran QB out there for us. Sure there are different QB’s out there, but is the idea to get a better QB than Bradford, or is it to make another lateral move, like we did when we traded Nick Foles for Bradford?
You don’t have to like who our QB is. Hell, I’m sure you remember how much I hated The Idiot Kelly (TIK) from Day One. But unless you have plans on taking a year off as a fan, I expect your ass front and center with me, backing your Eagles, and giving hell to any ass-hat who badmouths them. I hated TIK, but I stuck it out for our Eagles. Surely we can hate Bradford and still show our love.