Last year at this time, many Philadelphia Eagles fans believed their favorite team had an above average quarterback. It was a perfectly reasonable thought back then. Nick Foles had just finished a 2013 season where he threw 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Some were excited about the idea of Foles as a potential franchise quarterback for years to come.
We all now know that things didn't work out as some hoped. Foles mightily struggled in 2014 before suffering a season-ending injury. The team decided to move on from the 26-year-old by trading him (along with a second round draft pick) for Sam Bradford. Now the Eagles' quarterback situation is more unclear than ever.
Bradford appears to be the team's starter, but his health remains a huge question mark. He was a limited participant in Philadelphia's spring practices, though he said he expects to be fully ready by training camp. While Bradford's health is a major question, the next one that follows is: how will he actually perform?
The answer to that question remains to be seen. In the meantime, it's fair to wonder how Bradford rates among his fellow NFL quarterbacks. The MMQB recently released a ranking of all 32 projected starters. You may or may not be surprised to see Bradford ranked *just* outside the bottom 10:
"22. Sam Bradford, Eagles - He’s almost impossible to critique given his injury woes. But if healthy (huge if) he’s a snappy, accurate passer fit for a spread scheme."
I definitely think it's misguided to label Bradford as a bad quarterback, especially now that he'll be operating under Chip Kelly. On the other hand, it's completely fair to wonder if the team can be a true championship contender with him at the helm.
One thing for sure is that Kelly felt the Eagles were not going to be legitimate championship contenders with Foles. The MMQB rankings agree that Foles is worse than Bradford:
"24. Nick Foles, Rams - Has no special traits and can be too methodical at times. But that doesn’t mean he can’t oversee a ball control offense like St. Louis."
Now's the part where we turn it over to you. Bradford isn't easy to rank, but where would you put him? And perhaps more interestingly ... where do you expect him to rank AFTER this season?