Pederson: Having Bradford Back Is A ‘Big Boost’

Pederson also discussed whether the Eagles would draft a quarterback in the first round.

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

After returning from the Senior Bowl around the end of January, Doug Pederson started the evaluation process of the Eagles roster with his coaching staff, beginning with the most important position: quarterback.

According to Pederson, “it didn’t take long” for him to determine that he wanted Bradford back, whom he liked as a prospect coming out of Oklahoma.

“We’re so excited. I’m so excited.” Pederson said. “I also want these players that are free agents to want to be here, and he wants to be here. That’s probably 90 percent — I want all of them to be here, but having Sam is obviously a big boost now heading into free agency.”

Pederson called Bradford’s tape toward the end of last season “very promising” because the quarterback felt more comfortable in the pocket, he trusted his teammates more and he was calm under pressure.

“His best days are ahead of him,” Pederson said. “What he did toward the end of the season last year, building on that. He mentioned continuity — he knows the team, he knows the players. It might be a little different set of plays that we’re installing, but he knows the guys. That right there leads me to believe that we can have success.”

Although the perception after Pederson’s hiring was that he was partially brought in to be Howie Roseman’s ‘Yes Man’ on personnel decisions, the head coach said he wasn’t shy about sharing his opinion on Bradford.

“[I was] real vocal, actually, to be quite honest with you. As I evaluated the tape from last year and got together with [offensive coordinator] Frank [Reich] and [quarterbacks] coach [JohnDeFilippo, just getting everybody’s opinion, [we] felt strongly about having Sam back.

“I think having played the position [in the NFL] and understanding the position, and coached the position, [that] makes a big impact with the people you talk to in the organization. They want your opinion. They want you to voice your opinion. With this situation here, I think it was key that they understood where I was coming from in order to get Sam signed.”

One reason to believe Bradford will improve in 2016, according to Pederson, is that the quarterback will have much more freedom at the line of scrimmage to change plays or calls. He said the way Pat Shurmur organized the offense in the last week of the season is “very similar” to the offensive structure Pederson brings in terms of flexibility for the quarterback.

“That’s a big weapon in today’s football, because defenses are so complex nowadays,” Pederson said. “Not so much audibles and checks, but just subtle things that can really make a big difference in the course of a football game. He’s accustomed to that, he’s been used to that. He’s an extremely sharp guy, intelligent guy. Offensively, we’ll benefit from having his mind.”

Although the Eagles re-signed Bradford, they may still draft a quarterback next month. Pederson appeared open to the idea of selecting a quarterback, but he seemed a bit more dubious that it would happen in the first round.

“Oh, I don’t know about 13,” Pederson said. “Obviously, if the right guy is at 13. We’ve also got to do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles and that’s a critical spot.”

Pederson touched on a few other topics, including how the Eagles will remain at the NovaCare Complex for training camp instead of returning to Lehigh. He was also asked whether DeMarco Murray is happy in Philadelphia, which he responded to with much less certainty.

“I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him,” Pederson said. “I can’t tell you one way or the other if he is or not. I’d love to have him.”

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  • Joe from Easton

    Not coming back to Lehigh is crap.

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      Are they going to do more open practices?

      • cloudkill22

        I would think so. Chip made sure we (and the media) had as little access to the team as possible.

        I doubt Doug has the same paranoia..

        • glngarryglnross

          More exposure is a bad thing

    • glngarryglnross

      now you know how we felt in WestChester

      • Joe from Easton

        Yea, I used to love going to Lehigh. Went every year with my dad when I was a kid and had a tradition with my brother as we got older.

  • Jask Sasquatch Crossing

    Say what you want about Bradford, but he wears the freshest suits! Did you see his suit at that press conference? Also, was that a windsor knot?

    • Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

      He can afford them easily enough

      • Jask Sasquatch Crossing

        Oh without a doubt

    • CloisterWaterMakesMeDooDoo

      Luckiest person from a financial standpoint in the NFL given his injuries and timing. I expect him to rock sick suits and pay a guy to tie his tie in the most prestigious of knots. I prefer a double Windsor my self, but full Windsor is always better than half.

      • cloudkill22

        Malcolm Jenkins needs to hook him up with a Rock Avenue Bow Tie

    • Hathematics

      It didn’t even look properly tailored. He looked like a Senior at prom borrowing a suit from his dad’s wardrobe.

  • DetmerStillCanPlayCallMeEagles

    Sorry if this was posted earlier today:

    NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports the Cowboys won’t take a quarterback at No. 4 overall.

    “Jerry (Jones) told me recently that he will unequivocally not take a quarterback at No. 4, where the Cowboys draft this year,” Brandt said. “I believe him.”

    • cloudkill22

      Gotta love Jerruh.

      Such an stupid statement to make. Like nobody can tell he’s trying to tie it into the ridiculous Romo comment.

      Little brother is probly shaking his head…

      • DetmerStillCanPlayCallMeEagles

        The Godfather may be getting a little old and slow, but he is usually pretty plugged in, especially to the Cowboys. Obviously JJ could just be blowing smoke, but if not, the reported theory is JJ knows the window with Romo is closing soon and he is going all in to win now at the expense of building for the future. Good luck, even if Romo gets a bionic clavicle.

        • cloudkill22

          A plate over his collar bone.

          I mean, wtf? That doesn’t sound very safe, either

          • DetmerStillCanPlayCallMeEagles

            So true! And he is bound to herniate some lumbar discs this season too. It’s only a matter of time.

          • cloudkill22

            And that’s what makes the comment about the 4th pick so stupid.

            You KNOW they are absolutely in the running for Goff, Wentz or Lynch. It’s so obvious, now, thanks to Jerruh.

          • B-West

            Everything that everyone says ever is true. Cowboys will not take a QB.

          • Ben

            The cowturds will select…ahh who cares

          • Ben

            Try to envision Jordan Hicks running at full speed, unblocked from Tonys blind side……

            Awwww man, can’t wait for next season.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            It’s a pretty common surgery

          • Ben

            I hope to see our new weapon Z AKA Jordan Hicks, split Romo’s collar bone from that plate.
            Now that’s entertainment !!!

  • cloudkill22

    “… That right there leads me to believe that we can have success.”

    *looks at all the Bradford haters*

    • ACViking

      Nothing says “faith” like a team giving its starting QB a 1-year contract (dressed up as a 2-year deal).

      • cloudkill22

        2 year deal, dressed up as a longer deal if Bradford plays well.

        Coming from an offense where he wasn’t allowed to audible.

        In 2015.

        • botto

          nah its one year dressed as 2, a longer would be renegotiating in season after he goes off

          • cloudkill22

            ..Or after the season in which the Eagles control his negotiating rights.

            Big difference compared to a 1 yr deal.

    • B-West

      I like how these are getting more and more ridiculous. “Two days after the QB was signed, the coach said he expects to have success with him. Therefore, I am right. Boom. Rekt.”

      Keep ’em coming.

      • cloudkill22

        salty

      • Ben

        Bitter beer face

    • cliff-Partying w/ Dez’ Monkey

      what do you expect the coach to say? “hey, for 12.5m, think we got a POS and i’m probably half out door already with this coach killer”.

      • cloudkill22

        based on what the haters have been saying for 2 months?

        No, I don’t want Bradford back.

        • cliff-Partying w/ Dez’ Monkey

          lol. what planet do you live on? of course he’s going to be blowing smoke about Bradford, they just signed him.
          .
          wow, you got to meet my friend token, think you two would have a very eventful and meaningful convo

          • cloudkill22

            Wow, you missed the whole point there chief.

      • Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

        It worked for Gruden

      • Ben

        I expect to coach to say the truth, they wanted Bradford because he’s the shiniest turd of all.

  • cliff-Partying w/ Dez’ Monkey

    seriously, he hasnt talked to Murray? Maybe i’m not picking up the phone to call Dennis Kelly or Maragos, and definitely not TRex, but you’d think Murray would be in top 20 must calls over past 6 weeks.

    • Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

      Stop picking on T Rex

      • cliff-Partying w/ Dez’ Monkey

        why? he sux

        • Hathematics

          He played really well over the last few weeks. He looked at least as good as Carroll. That’s a big improvement. He held up well against Desean. I’d like to see him back.

          • cliff-Partying w/ Dez’ Monkey

            he is about as physical as my grandmother. and not the German one, she was a mean, really mean,mean mean(i liked her), the Victorian English one.

          • Hathematics

            I will take a soft guy that can cover in a pinch due to injury as a 4th/5th CB vs. having someone like Fletcher/Sconces.

          • Johnny Domino

            #Sconces

          • DetmerStillCanPlayCallMeEagles

            Asante is available……

        • Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

          The guy can cover. His tackling leaves something to be desired. Chip never gave the guy a chance. Most CBs need to be developed 1-3 years and its not like we have a logjam of killers at Corner

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            He’s not very good

          • Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

            He’s ok for a 3rd or 4th Corner and he’s still young. We can do worse(biggers) at that spot

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            I don’t even want him as justanickel. 4th? meh. Better than Biggers? Ok

          • glngarryglnross

            who never gave the guy a chance? Are we still talking about the same player?

    • DetmerStillCanPlayCallMeEagles

      Yeah, and what does the comment “I’d love to have him” mean? The guy is under contract for a billion dollars. You DO have him, Dougie. Is Murray sitting out the season? Getting traded?

      • cliff-Partying w/ Dez’ Monkey

        sitting out season is same as being benched, then, yes, he’s sitting out season.

        • DetmerStillCanPlayCallMeEagles

          That’s an expensive bench :)

      • Michael Myers

        I thought it was a billion-five

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  • Token

    Man, if hes truthful about just getting a late round QB and Bradford essentially being the future then….. BLUH.

    Of course, it makes zero sense for them to tip their hand to their true intentions at #13. Smart Doug.

    • cloudkill22

      Yea, like Jerruh did…

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      It’s still just a one year deal. They probably have to draft QBs this year and next. Just a matter of where

      • dnabrice

        I think it’s likely they restructure and he’ll be our QB for another 4-5 years.

    • All In Eagles

      or as I’ve asked over and over, what if they don’t draft a QB AT ALL this year? Sunken ship?

  • cloudkill22

    Howie: “I really wish he told me three days ago that he only wanted to
    be back here. That probably would have helped me a little bit.”

  • Justin Sammut

    joe, come back to us

  • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

    hey guys! so I won a chance to talk with Mathis tomorrow afternoon!!!

    what should I ask him??? I want to make this a collaborative effort.

    • botto

      ask him what his super bowl bonus was and if he sold his ring yet

    • cloudkill22

      Ask him what he would say if Chip asked him to play for him in SF.

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      Ask him the pulse of the players after the Desean, Leseanand Bradford moves

    • TimKerrForPresident

      Ask him if he hit that IRS sign with his urine. If so, did it sting when he had to stop after he had started.

    • glngarryglnross

      ask him why didnt just show up and play for the 5m the eagles were gonna pay him. Why play the BS games of not showing up for the vol stuff if he wanted to be an Eagle like he said.

    • dnabrice

      Pump up B247!!!

  • Papale86

    We can change plays at the line? What kind of sorcery is this?

    • Brian G

      Changing plays at the line … “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

  • Michael Myers

    “Bradford will improve in 2016, according to Pederson, is that the quarterback will have much more freedom at the line of scrimmage”

    I think this could be huge because one of Bradfords best attributes is his brain….he’s a very smart dude. As I said in a previous post…top ten or twelve qb play with schwartz and this d is a ticket to playoff-ville. f’n yay!

  • Michael Myers

    I missed the t-rex party….who is that?
    The last t-rex I remember is ricky williams…”for who, for what?”…I do turn 51 this sunday so I realize not everyone remembers that schtick

  • Ben

    I wonder where all the Bradford haters will go if he has a great season?
    I can see the spring board already watching them one by one, jumping back onto the band wagon.