Monday, September 05, 2016

I can live with this

Sam Bradford is observably the best passer the Vikings have had since Bret Farve's One Bright Season. I suspect he will prove better than Teddy Bridgewater, having seen every pass the latter has thrown in a game since he entered the league. Bradford doesn't have the strongest arm, but he hits crossing receivers in stride and he can deliver an accurate ball even when he's under pressure.

I would not be at all surprised if Bradford started the game against Tennessee next weekend, since Norv Turner has a history of preparing newly acquired quarterbacks quickly. Besides, how hard can it be for an NFL starter to learn the Shaun Hill gameplan?

  • First down: hand off to AD
  • Second down: hand off to AD
  • Third down: fake handoff to AD, play-action route to a) Stefon Diggs or b) Kyle Rudolph
  • Repeat if SUM(1D:3D) is greater than 10 yards. If SUM(1D:3D) is less than 10 yards, punt



Blogger Ben Cohen September 05, 2016 12:11 PM  

Brett Favre is the greatest player ever by John Madden

Blogger James Dixon September 05, 2016 12:22 PM  

Like I said, the only concern is keeping him on the field. He's an injury magnet. Hopefully he'll be able to hold up till Bridgewater comes back.

Anonymous antipater_1 September 05, 2016 12:38 PM  

" he can deliver an accurate ball even when he's under pressure."

Have to disagree with you on that Vox. As a lifelong Rams fan, I groaned regularly watching Bradford's complete lack of presence and guts while in the pocket. The Vikings offensive line will need to have a big year for Bradford to do much.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 12:39 PM  

Eagles head coach Pederson just stated Carson Wentz will start against Cleveland and RG3 next weekend so they are wasting no time in beginning the new era. I saw an interview Bradford gave yesterday in MN and he said he was already into the playbook.

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 12:48 PM  

Shut up, TLM. Your comment was deleted. Consider yourself warned. The next time you, or anyone, posts an anti-sports screed on a sports post, it will be spammed.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 12:55 PM  

watching Bradford's complete lack of presence and guts while in the pocket.

Maybe in St. Louis Sam had consciously or subconsciously given into the hopelessness of the situation.

I cannot agree with that statement, however, from what I saw last year. I watched every one of his games and he definitely stood in the pocket and took hits. Granted the first two games he looked nervous and flighty but he had also been out of football for 18 months with the knee injury. As the games went on you could see his confidence grow in the pocket.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 12:59 PM  

Then endure horrible commercials

NFL Red Zone channel does not have commercials or half-times or pregame/postgame shows; only action on the field.

Anonymous TLM September 05, 2016 1:02 PM  


I get the your blog, your rules thing, but my post was not in any way anti-sports.

Blogger RobertT September 05, 2016 1:10 PM  

Heard on my way into the office that Bradford stats over the last 5 (?) years, identical to Mark Sanchez. Except Bradford never took a team to the playoffs and obviously never won a playoff game. Philly comes out smelling like a rose. Rent-a-quarterback? Look at what he cost them and what they got Minn. Pretty good profit.

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 1:14 PM  

I get the your blog, your rules thing, but my post was not in any way anti-sports.

It most certainly was. I have had it with you narcissists who can't wait to jump into every sports-related thread with your anti-sports virtue-signaling.

Knock it the fuck off.

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 1:16 PM  

How do listen to social justice warriors commenting for hours on end? Then endure horrible commercials featuring more sjw propaganda? Come on man, ask yourself why are you watching this crap?

So virtuous! So well-signaled!

Comment deleted. The next one will be spammed.

Blogger fisher man September 05, 2016 1:20 PM  

Being an Eagles fan, I think this trade works for both teams. This will be the best team bradford will have played for, and I expect a really good year for him.

Philly though. It will be a long year!

Blogger Lazarus September 05, 2016 1:41 PM  

The NFL is the only reason I am considering getting a PVR. Too bad there is no way to block out the color pink during October.

Blogger SS September 05, 2016 1:56 PM  

and this is in the sidebar when I went to watch this video. hahaha

Blogger SS September 05, 2016 1:59 PM  

Lazarus wrote:The NFL is the only reason I am considering getting a PVR. Too bad there is no way to block out the color pink during October.

I still watch when I can throughout the season, but October I am definitely more inclined to just look at the scores and go on with my day.

Blogger DBSFF September 05, 2016 2:15 PM  

I can appreciate that you're talking yourself into this. But prepare for disappointment.

Blogger JaimeInTexas September 05, 2016 2:18 PM  

Spreadsheet formulas in a football comment on play selection.
We are nerds.

Anonymous Deadlocked September 05, 2016 2:27 PM  

fisher man wrote:Being an Eagles fan, I think this trade works for both teams.

Would this be a good trade for the Eagles if they still had their first-round pick next year? I feel like going from 0 to 1 first-rounders is much bigger deal than going from 1 to 2.

Anonymous Brett September 05, 2016 2:30 PM  

I've been a Vikings fan since 1987 when I was 9 years old. I remember the elation of beating the 49ers in the playoffs only to be reduced to tears after losing to the Redskins. I had a poster of Tommy Kramer on my bedroom wall. I remember being mad at Jerry Burns for not going with Kramer at QB and blaming everything on Wade Wilson...such are the thoughts from a 9 year old Vikings fan.

I love the trade for Bradford. After the Bridgewater injury, I scanned every list of available quarterbacks I could find. The lists would cause my eyes to bleed. Then the trade for Bradford. First thing I received was a text from a friend who is a Bears fan mocking the trade. I responded that I'm more than happy with it. Did the Vikings overpay? Yes. A first rounder should have been enough, but the Vikings were beggars and you can't negotiate in a state of desperation. You just pay the toll.

If I was the coach, I'd start Hill for the first 2-4 games until Bradford understands the playbook perfectly. I believe the Vikings can win a few games with Hill, no need to rush Bradford. That way Bradford only has to play 3/4 of a season since the critics claim he can't make it through a full season without getting hurt. Problem solved.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 2:35 PM  

If they still had a first round pick they wouldn't have Wentz. Sure they may have drafted a qb in the later rounds but then they wouldn't have been so quick to give up Bradford. The Viking's offer was too good to pass on and they already had someone they felt could be the starter in Wentz.

Blogger beerme September 05, 2016 2:43 PM  

Vox is clearly biased in Bradford's favor because he is a fellow indian. But he's right, potentially Bradford is a better QB than Bridgewater.

Anonymous GreyS September 05, 2016 3:01 PM  

He will have a better season than Bridgewater would have. Norv can work wonders with a guy like that. He's no superstar but have you looked around at teams QB depth charts lately?

Bottom line: You gotta do something and Bradford isn't great but might be better than around half the other starters in the league.

Anonymous VFM #6306 September 05, 2016 3:16 PM  

Toss Bradford in game one. He'll win as many as Hill and isn't going to try to impress anyone. Use the dude to the max until his next injury, which should be due in late November.

Blogger Ceasar September 05, 2016 5:15 PM  

Having watched Bradford play for most of his NFL career, in particular his time in a Ram uniform, Vikings fans should prepare themselves. Bradford's MO is looking like a NFL quarterback for a quarter or two then completely melting down for no apparent reason. Hopefully, Norv will keep the ruler handy and smack Bradford when he starts to get squirrelly, "No Sam, NO!" "Hand the ball off, you are not Aaron Rogers."

Blogger eharmonica September 05, 2016 5:25 PM  

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Blogger eharmonica September 05, 2016 5:25 PM  

Bad trade for MN. Bradford is lousy.

Blogger SemiSpook37 September 05, 2016 5:36 PM  

As I stated in the other Bradford thread, this is an opportunity for him, and it really shouldn't be wasted. If you guys in Minnesota are okay with the ol' "up the middle, up the middle, up the middle, PUNT" gameplan, then he's a perfect fit.

Just be happy it wasn't Sack-or-Pick or Buttfumble.

Blogger fisher man September 05, 2016 6:48 PM  

Last year bradford had no receivers, and a poor o line. Added to that he was stuck in chips offense, with no audibles.

No one would have had any chance with last year's eagles.

This year was marginally more promising given a new defense that fit the personnel, and being in a horrible division. No receivers, nor functional o line, but it was looking like 7-8, or 8-8. Which would potentially be division winning.

Without bradford, the Browns are in great shape for the draft!

Blogger eharmonica September 05, 2016 7:21 PM  

Is there any other qb who has been around as long as Bradford, that people keep saying that he has an "upside"? There is no more upside for Bradford. He's as up as he will get. He's mediocre. One of the top 106 qbs on the planet.

Blogger Doug Cobb September 05, 2016 8:15 PM  

Sam's spent most of his career playing for teams with receivers that can't catch and linemen who can't block. Given a little protection and decent hands, he can pick a defense apart.

Blogger bob k. mando September 06, 2016 12:56 AM  

24. Ceasar September 05, 2016 5:15 PM
Hopefully, Norv will

if the success of your team is dependent on Norv Turner NOT screwing the pooch ... you're going to have a LOT of pregnant dogs by the end of the year.

yes, he's a better OC than HC. damn him with faint praise, why don't you.

Anonymous Jack Amok September 06, 2016 11:06 AM  

Like I said, the only concern is keeping him on the field. He's an injury magnet. Hopefully he'll be able to hold up till Bridgewater comes back.

Bradford is supposedly injury-prone, but did his knee ever spontaneously disassemble itself without being hit? I can't specifically remember if his first ACL tear was non-contact, but I know his second was from being hit by a blitzing LB and his shoulder dislocation was during a tackle.

He's had enough shoulder injuries that maybe that joint is permanently weak now, but I can understand how joints get torn up being tackled by NFL players. Frankly, I'm astonished injuries are rare as they are with 300 lb guys falling on your legs and 250 lb guys running 4.4 40's colliding with you.

Non-contact injuries as bad as Bridgewater's are concerning.

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