Terrell Suggs' hit on Sam Bradford is a topic that's already been beaten to death by this point, but here's an interesting nugget from NFL insider Jason Cole. Despite Chip Kelly's claim that Suggs' hit was illegal, the Philadelphia Eagles are actually somewhat glad the incident took place. More from Cole:
"According to one member of the Philadelphia coaching staff, the Eagles actually believe the hit that quarterback Sam Bradford took against Baltimore to the knee by Terrell Suggs will work to his benefit in the long run because it’s going to get him over any fear of being hit. That’s one of the big consideration for Bradford as he enters this season having not played in a regular game in more than a year and a half.
You always worry about a quarterback in this situation, according to that coach, being worried about whether he’s going to get hit around his legs and in the knee. In the case of Bradford, he’s coming off back to back injuries to the same knee.
Now in talking to Bradford last week, one of the things that he talked about is the advantage that this offense gives him in dealing with those kind of injuries. Number one, because the Eagles get to the line so quickly, it forces the defense to declare, and that makes him know what the defense is going to do early in the play call. The second part is that there are so many quick outlets for him to throw, that if he feels like he’s not getting the kind of protection he wants around his legs, he’s going to be able to get rid of the ball much quicker than in the past.
So all in all, both the coaching staff member and Bradford, think that this is going to be a promising season for Sam Bradford and possibly make him the Comeback Player of the Year."
Now, obviously the Eagles don't want to see Bradford get hit, and neither does he. Both sides would like to avoid that as much as possible. But it's ultimately inevitable. He's going to get hit. It happens to every quarterback. So with that in mind, it was certainly a good sign for the team to see Bradford take a couple big shots on Saturday evening and get right back up. Even more encouraging for the Eagles is that he didn't let it affect his performance. Bradford went on to lead a touchdown drive.
Bradford's performance against the Ravens was the first step on a long road towards re-establishing himself as a franchise quarterback. He needs to continue to prove he can stay healthy and play well when he's on the field.