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Eagles News: Sam Bradford fits what Philadelphia wants

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/17/2015.

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Join the BGN March Madness Contest - BGN
March Madness is here. Take a short break from football, fill out a bracket, and join the fun.

Are the Eagles better or worse? A position-by-position look - PhillyVoice
The Eagles traded their extremely cheap starting QB and a 2nd round pick for a QB coming off a pair of torn ACLs with limited success when he was healthy, who will cost about $13 million against the cap in 2015. Is Bradford better than Nick Foles? Maybe. But considering the difference in cap hits between the two players, the deal in its entirety makes the team as a whole worse. ...unless this move was a precursor to something else. Until then... Potentially better at QB itself, worse overall.

Three-And-Out: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Birds 24/7
Is Maxwell worth $10.5 million a year? No. But the Eagles were in a position where they had little choice but to overspend. As Kelly found out a couple years back, shopping in the mid-level section of the free-agent corner store can result in mid-level (or worse) returns. They needed to upgrade badly, and this was their best chance at doing so. Maxwell was considered the best of the bunch and checked just about all of Kelly's boxes.

The Philosophy and Evolution of Eagles Run Game Part 10- The Split Zone - ChipWagon
However, in 2013 and 2014 one of the Eagles very favorite plays is the split zone. The split zone is a very common variation on the inside zone that many different teams run. The general idea is to run inside zone with your 5 OL to the playside. This will often involve leaving the backside edge defender unblocked like we do in our inside zone from the Shotgun formation. However, on this play, the QB does not "block" the edge defender because he’s under center and will turn his back to the defense. This defender now becomes the assignment for the H-back who starts lined up on the opposite of the formation. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

Bradford's play will determine if Eagles' recipe is a success - Inquirer
Kelly is right about injuries, however. The quarterback he traded for Bradford missed time with injuries in all three of his seasons with the Eagles, and last season was the only one that Foles actually opened as the starter. If the deal had been Foles for Bradford straight up, the argument about which one was better would be fair and winnable for either side.

Sam Bradford’s body of work with Rams difficult to judge - The 700 Level
Assuming Bradford isn’t just trade bait, that he’s here to stay for the foreseeable future, the Philadelphia Eagles are definitely taking a gamble. Say what you want about his supporting cast, Bradford wasn’t special enough to elevate their play, which in itself could be an indictment of the former No. 1 overall draft pick. And consecutive torn ACLs are just the latest health issues for Bradford, whose lengthy injury history dates all the way back to his time at the University of Oklahoma. Yet as far as whether Bradford is a good NFL quarterback or not is concerned, it’s nearly impossible to formulate a definitive answer one way or the other. Who can tell with all the mediocrity he’s been surrounded by all these years?

Bradford Fits What Eagles Want At QB -
Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur knows quarterback Sam Bradford as well as a coach can know a player. Their history rekindles in the present.

Jameis Winston may not be at the NFL Draft in Chicago - SB Nation
Things could change, but the potential No. 1 pick in the draft might not be at Auditorium Theatre on April 30.

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