BUILDING a franchise QB.
Even before QB Sam Bradford threw a bitch-fit and ran away from the offseason training program crying, falling, screaming for his mommy and blowing snot bubbles; using Bradford to be a teacher for Carson Wentz was a bad idea. Using Bradford as a positive model to teach any young QB is a bad idea. For Bradford fans who demand proof: As the starting QB you should never bail on any team activity you already showed up for. Leaders know this. Clearly Bradford is not a leader and therefore cannot instruct a youngin in this.
For a moment we’ll set aside Captain Checkdown‘s bland and uninteresting style of play. We’ll set aside his dismal record as a starter (25 – 37 – 1). We’ll look past his playoff performances. Oh that’s right, he’s never led a team to the playoffs. We’ll overlook the fact that his knees are as sturdy as the knees on a Dollar Store toy. We’ll look past the creepy eyes, and the sleeves, the hesitancy to fall on fumbles or throw a block. We’ll look past the nerve it took for him to ask for 25M$ per year. We’ll look past all of that.
What we cannot overlook is the childishly selfish and entitled behavior he has shown. What we cannot overlook is how his teammates will respond to him after simply walking away from them, over something that eventually happens to every starter to ever play this game. The lack of character. The lack of maturity. The galling lack of decency and situational awareness for such an overpaid underachiever. These things cannot be ignored. And they are why Bradford cannot be a model of success for Wentz. And we know because we’ve had better examples than Bradford.
Word now is that Bradford won’t report to the team. This is bull. Unless he’s willing to retire and wave sayonara to the 35 million he just signed for, at some point he has to report to the team. Failing that, he’s risking a lawsuit and nothing he’s done in the last week would cause any judge or jury to take his side. So he’ll be here no later than Week One, but likely for Training Camp. (And he could always show up at OTA’s and blame it on the media as them making a story out of nothing.)
I’d trade Bradford. For pretty much anything I could get for him. I’d ship him to Arizona, so he could sit behind a guy named Carson. Or to Houston where their horrible offensive line just got a little worse after we raided it for G Brandon Brooks. Or to San Francisco where he would find love among his own kind. Even if it meant eating some of his 2016 cap figure it A) Is less than eating all of his cap figure; and B) Gets rid of a locker room cancer.
If Head Coach Doug Pederson still wants to develop Wentz behind a veteran, we still have Chase Daniel. Not that I think that Daniel has a lot of wisdom to impart either, but at this point Sam Bradford has invalidated himself both as a professional and as a man. That is not the sort of person we want leaving any fingerprints on our next franchise QB.