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Sam Bradford and the 2015 Eagles define preseason false hope

From the Bleachers #72!

Philadelphia Eagles v Green Bay Packers Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

You’ll believe a man can fly.

In the minds of Eagles fans, there was no ceiling on how much Chip Kelly would revolutionize the NFL.

After going 20-12 in his first two years as the Eagles’ head coach, he swung a trade for former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford with the belief he would revitalize his career.

I was skeptical of the trade initially, but, like many, MANY Eagles fans out there, I bought in on August 29, 2015.

That was the Eagles’ third preseason game that season. After winning their first two, they smashed the Packers 39-26, including a wild first quarter that saw the Birds build a 25-0 lead.

Sam Bradford finished the game 10/10 with 121 passing yards and three touchdowns tosses, plus a near-perfect quarterback rating of 156.7.

It was the pinnacle of the Kelly era: so much hype and promise without concrete results.

Look at this idiot’s tweet from the game:

Chip Kelly? BUM.

DeMarco Murray? BUM.

Sam Bradford? BUM.

The preseason is a total crapshoot. The 2017 Eagles went 2-2. Kelly’s 2015 Eagles looked like a Super Bowl team. Conversely, you have a situation like the 2004 preseason where Donovan McNabb connected with Terrell Owens for an 81-yard (yes, 81) touchdown on the first play of scrimmage that summer. Those two dialing up scores all season.

What I’m saying is that the preseason could tell us everything... or it could tell us absolutely nothing.

On the latest episode of From the Bleachers on BGN Radio, I discuss that infamous day in Green Bay, the Kelly-Bradford era and my expectations for the Eagles in the 2021 preseason.

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