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Saturday, September 03, 2016

The Bradford trade

This is an excellent trade for the Vikings, in light of what the options were after Teddy Bridgewater went down. Bradford compares pretty favorably with Bridgewater; he's not quite as mobile but he has a slightly stronger arm. Like Bridgewater, he doesn't throw many interceptions, but Bradford had as many 40+ yard passes last year as Bridgewater did in two years. And while he's not elite - he wouldn't have been available if he was - he's pretty solid. He's accurate, and Pro Football Focus even had him ranked as the 12th best QB in the NFL last year.

Compare:

65.0%, 3,725 yards, 19 TD, 14 INT, 86.4 rating
65.3%, 3,231 yards, 14 TD, 9 IND, 88.7 rating

That's not bad, considering that the Vikings had the better team. Obviously, Vikings fans would prefer that Touchdown Teddy was behind center come opening day, but I see no reason not to be confident in Bradford's ability to take advantage of the opportunities that Adrian Peterson will create for him. Given the talent around him, it would not be even remotely surprising if Bradford had an unexpected career year in 2016, since he no longer needs to feel the pressure to

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Blogger Jimmy Glover September 03, 2016 9:27 PM  

I certainly admire your optimism. He wasn't good in st. Louis, or in philly. And he probably won't be in Minnesota.

Minnesota has super bowl talent but weak qb play is putting too much pressure on the rest of the team. I don't really think Bridgewater is that great either, so it's not like Bradford is a step down.

They should have sent the plane to San didgo. That talent with rivers I would take odds on.

Blogger mrparabolic September 03, 2016 9:29 PM  

As an Eagles fan, I'm very happy with the trade. Glad that you are too.

Blogger VD September 03, 2016 9:32 PM  

I certainly admire your optimism. He wasn't good in st. Louis, or in philly. And he probably won't be in Minnesota.

It's all relative. We made the playoffs with Ponder. And Bradford is MUCH better than Ponder.

Blogger Aeoli Pera September 03, 2016 9:44 PM  

Given the talent around him, it would not be even remotely surprising if Bradford had an unexpected career year in 2016, since he no longer needs to feel the pressure to

...throw?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 03, 2016 9:49 PM  

Could trade for the ghost of Johnny Unitas it wouldn't matter the green and gold shall rule the division with an iron fist

Anonymous Laz September 03, 2016 9:55 PM  

At least your guys aren't starting with a 4th round pick and Mark Sanchez as backup. I know I sound like a broken record, but it's hard being a Cowboys fan sometimes (sigh).

Blogger Dave September 03, 2016 9:58 PM  

Bradford has no more excuses. First overall draft pick, Heisman winner; as a Ram the excuse was he never had the talent around him; in Philly he didn't really fit Chip Kelly's no audible offense. He wanted out of Philly and he got his wish. Rumor has it Carson Wentz if healthy may start game one, so good riddance $78M guaranteed man.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 03, 2016 10:15 PM  

Personally, I'm boycotting EVERYTHING to do with the NFL until they stop being accepters and even promoters of anything that attacks the foundations of civilization, while also they stand more and more against those things which uphold our civilization.

You can't win the culture war if you're not willing to take on one of the most flagrant, $BILLIONS/year beasts.

If you want to uphold American civilization, you'll stop doing anything and everything which adds revenue to this SJW-converged outfit.

Blogger James Dixon September 03, 2016 10:17 PM  

It was a good pick up. Bradford is a more than adequate quarterback. The only real concern with him is can he stay on the field. He's been plagued with injuries his entire career.

Blogger Whisker biscuit September 03, 2016 10:29 PM  

Should have went for Kapermussie

Anonymous beerme September 03, 2016 10:40 PM  

If he stays healthy, it's a good move. Not much of a drop off from Bridgewater and good insurance against a lengthy recovery. You can't trot out Shaun Hill with a brand new stadium and a team that has the potential to go deep into the playoffs with a decent QB.

I loled at your third stringer kicking in a glass door and getting injured. Heinicke is probably the best FCS QB I've seen play in person.

Anonymous IncoherentM September 03, 2016 10:44 PM  

Being an OU fan, I'm excited to see AD and Bradford on the same team. Sam is a good QB, and that may be all the Vikings need.

Blogger WATYF September 03, 2016 10:44 PM  

heh... good luck with that. Bradford was exceptionally mediocre here in St. Louis, and that's when he wasn't injured.

WATYF

Blogger Anchorman September 03, 2016 11:12 PM  

Heavy price to pay for one year of QBing. First and fourth? Steep.

Incidentally, Bradford is also part Native American, as well.

Anonymous Tyr September 04, 2016 12:48 AM  

Hey VD,

what advice do you have for a 30 year old who never played team sports and wants to reconnect with competitive, masculine, wolf-oriented team play? I've thought about learning and following football, playing counterstrike online, and trying to find some kind of club or something to join. Or should I just focus at my age on martial arts, even though it's not team oriented?

Blogger redlegben September 04, 2016 12:53 AM  

This is why the Vikings keep sucking. They keep trading away the future. Take the lost season and move on.

Blogger Reese MacGruder September 04, 2016 12:58 AM  

@Voxday, with all due respect, you of all people should be quite aware that in deracinated white america, the only acceptable identity for white men is that of "sportsball fan".

This is the only tribalism that the evil white man may take part in without drawing universal condemnation and naked hatred from all corners of cultural marxist run America.

I feel a sense of horror and disgust when I see a grown white man (of even better, having his wife) wear the jersey of his favorite high testosterone, low IQ non-white athlete.

You might as well ask him to pin you or let you wear his varsity letter jacket.

In this movement, we often engage in hyperbolic accusations this or that person being a cuck.

This is actual embodiment of cuckoldry to the African man.

That said, I do believe today brings a great opportunity for many, many NFL fans to become redpilled enough to turn away from this mass-emasculation completely

Now that the NFL has gone full BLM agenda by refusing displays of support for police but allowing player support for BLM and anti-American causes, I would like to think that anyone who considers themselves part of, or even just a fellow traveler with the alt-right would become physically ill at the thought of continuing to support this subversive and now, explicitly anti-white enterprise.


Blogger YIH September 04, 2016 1:02 AM  

Whisker biscuit wrote:Should have went for Kapermussie
That's what I was afraid of. It's the kind of shot in the foot the Vikes are infamous for. Krapernick would have been cancer (like he is in San Fran). It's also the likely reason the Niners started him Thursday, to show him off for a possible trade. Bradford may not be Mr. Right but he's mister right now - as the old saying goes.
Hopefully he'll stay healthy - and the OL and All Day will help keep him healthy. The problem he had with Philly and the Rams, he was put in and expected to work miracles with a patchwork offense, which, of course, seldom happens.
They needed to do something to stay in contention for the division title/playoffs, hopefully it'll work. we'll see.

Blogger YIH September 04, 2016 1:14 AM  

@17 ''Sportsball'' sucks, you suck, yadda, yadda.
Yawn. Some people love travel, some people are movie fans, some people like Reese MacGruder are into all sorts of freaky sex. We get it, our form of entertainment is awful, your form of entertainment is awesome. Thanks for playing.

Blogger Billy Ray September 04, 2016 2:48 AM  

what the hell are you talking about> bradford is an injury magnet, he will be gone by week 7 or 8 and he will be average up until then

Blogger Dirk Manly September 04, 2016 3:38 AM  

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Blogger Dirk Manly September 04, 2016 3:38 AM  

@15

Join an Army National Guard unit, preferably a combat arms unit (although you can enlist as a support MOS, like communications, or whatever). Unless you're in Ohio... the Ohio Guard is incompetent...I wouldn't bet on them if they were up against elements of any random, confused African army.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 04, 2016 3:40 AM  

@19

That wooshing sound you hear is his point going RIGHT OVER YOUR HEAD.

Anonymous Howard Cosell September 04, 2016 6:48 AM  

@17

We "cut the cord" over two years ago. No cable, satellite or even antenna. I have since changed my opinion of professional sports as a total outsider who just reads the news...real news, not ESPN.

The NFL continues to execute the most successful marketing campaign ever, for any product of any type. For some reason, many people get offended when I point out that they are a target market.

Each game is practically one long commercial, a commercial for the NFL with some incidental game play. Sportscasters are nothing more than propagandists. Count their use of adjectives that end in "est" next time you watch a game. They unfailingly promote the prowess of the players.

I recall planning my weekends around football games. I muse that I wasted so many days doing what I now call "Couch Time". Yes, I mean that in the same sense as prison time. Now, instead of doing Couch Time, I actually do things. I have more hobbies. I spend more time doing real things with my family.

I feel as if I have been emancipated from football.

Blogger Anchorman September 04, 2016 7:38 AM  

#24 I'm about where you are for the same reasons, though I can still enjoy the game with my sons and family. With my sons, we go out and have wings or burgers and watch a game. With my family, it's always the same team we watch, but usually there's good food.

I find nothing wrong with being a spectator. It can give a nice break to other activities, especially if you do it with your family. AS far as buying all the gear and decking out your living room or vehicle with it, that's not my bag. I own one t-shirt and that was a birthday gift.

Blogger Guy Fox September 04, 2016 8:00 AM  

Hockey is my game. It is the whitest sport, and even the negoes are white. The NHL doesn't put up with monkey business like the NFL and NBA.

Anonymous Laz September 04, 2016 8:16 AM  

"I recall planning my weekends around football games. I muse that I wasted so many days doing what I now call "Couch Time".

For years now I just set the DVR and go do what I need to do. When I get home I can watch the game in about an hour.

Blogger John Regan September 04, 2016 9:49 AM  

I'm an Eagles fan and am sorry to see Bradford go. I thought he did really well in a chaotic year last season, and he seems to have an unusual intangible quality that I can't compare to any other quarterback I've seen over the years. Something in the nature of throwing very catch-able balls that receivers just like to catch. I don't know. Good for the Vikes, I agree.

Blogger Ceasar September 04, 2016 9:57 AM  

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Blogger Ceasar September 04, 2016 9:58 AM  

I think getting Bradford ensures the Vikings get to the playoffs. Assuming he is standing upright for at least 10-12 games. As far as getting deep in playoffs, different story. Overall, good move for this year so Vikings talented defense is not wasted.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) September 04, 2016 10:03 AM  

I am amazed that teams keep trading high draft picks for Sam Bradford.

Blogger Dave September 04, 2016 10:36 AM  

Something in the nature of throwing very catch-able balls that receivers just like to catch.

If that is true it means the Eagles receivers are some of the worst in the league because every game last year you could count on a handful of dropped passes.

Blogger Nate September 04, 2016 11:35 AM  

I hereby move that all sports ball related retardery be deleted on site on nfl posts.

We have all heard the idiocy before. It adds nothing and is a pure attempt to shut down the discussion of the topic.

The nfl is never off topic.

The tards can't deal with that they should at least learn to shut up.

Blogger Gavin Veil September 04, 2016 11:42 AM  

Steep price to pay, but it's bold and with them opening up a new billion dollar stadium this year you couldn't sell fans on Shaun Hill under center.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) September 04, 2016 1:49 PM  

I hereby move that all sports ball related retardery be deleted on site on nfl posts.

I second that

Blogger Anchorman September 04, 2016 3:34 PM  

I am amazed that teams keep trading high draft picks for Sam Bradford.

Me, too. He's average, injured often, and hasn't elevated the talent around him.

And folks keep trading for him.

Goes to show how tough it is to find an NFL QB.

Anonymous Baseball Savant September 04, 2016 5:13 PM  

As a COWBOYS HOMER I have to say that history teaches us that when the Vikings start giving away draft picks then the team receiving them should expect to win Super Bowls in the next few years. THANK YOU HERSCHEL WALKER!

Blogger bob k. mando September 04, 2016 5:48 PM  

37. Baseball Savant September 04, 2016 5:13 PM
As a COWBOYS HOMER I have to say that history teaches us



that Tony Homo is an injury magnet.

Blogger SemiSpook37 September 05, 2016 12:31 AM  

As a Pennsylvania native that abhors the Eagles, I was amused by this trade, purely based on the complete randomness of it. Sure, the conventional wisdom appeared to be that the Vikings would trade for Sack-or-Pick or pick up Buttfumble, but it makes sense that it should be Bradford. He's got an opportunity to prove himself, and at least a decent backfield that will keep his attempts down (Bridgewater apparently had the lowest number of passing attempts last year, due in no small part to folks like Peterson).

Speaking of people released, I saw that the Ratbirds here in Baltimore released ENS Keenan Robinson, USN. While I'm not exactly a fan of graduates of service academies going directly to playing professional sports of any type (though I did have a colleague that either graduated with or was a year ahead of David Robinson at the USNA, and he said that after his first summer in the Brigade of Midshipmen, the Admiral had grown out of spec, which got him into the NBA faster, though he fulfilled his commitment anyways before playing for the Spurs), I think this is sort of a blessing for the Ensign. He'll actually be able to serve, fulfill his commitment, and who knows, maybe someone will pick him up. Always good to have options.

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