Don’t blame Sam Bradford for the Eagles’ loss

Philadelphia QB Sam Bradford was one of PFF's top-graded QBs this week. It was the rest of the offense that was a problem.

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(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Don’t blame Sam Bradford for the Eagles’ loss


The NFL is clearly a quarterback-driven league, and often times QBs are given undue credit or blame based on the outcome of a game. Conventional wisdom can be a dangerous thing, in that way, which is the case for Eagles QB Sam Bradford after his performance in Philadelphia’s loss to Carolina on Sunday night.

It’d be unfair to blame the loss on Bradford. In fact, he played well. It was the players around him who didn’t measure up.

The Eagles’ replacements at left tackle for the injure Jason Peters allowed 13 total pressures between them, meaning Bradford had opposing pass-rushers in his face all night. He also got little help from his receivers. Philly had the highest drop rate in the league for Week 7, with 20 percent of Bradford’s incompletions being drops. He had another six that were either batted down or thrown away, and his interception was more of a fluke than anything else.

In fact, Bradford ranked tied for seventh this week with an accuracy percentage of 85. And in our PFF grades, he tied for third with Derek Carr, behind only Tom Brady and Jameis Winston.

If you’re looking for a player to blame, running back DeMarco Murray fits the bill. He was one of our lowest-graded RBs this week. He didn’t break a single tackle and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry. And in the passing game, he dropped two passes.

For the season, Bradford has graded out as roughly an average quarterback, with his worst game coming against the Jets. For the most part, he’s been fine, and he actually played very well against the Panthers. He certainly deserves more credit than blame, for this week at least.

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  • Jcool

    Eh…. I think i will continue to blame Bradford.

    • realjweiner

      The game was lost because the backup LT allowed pressure and the WR and RB have a major drop issue.

      Bradford can’t throw and catch to himself.

  • ohitsdom

    “… 20 of Bradford’s incompletions being drops”

    Uh, that’s wrong. Bradford had 20 incompletions total. I think 7 were drops.

    • realjweiner

      Can you read? “20 percent”.

      • ohitsdom

        Indeed I can read, they fixed the original typo. I don’t even think 20% is right, since there were 6 or 7 drops (and 20% would be 4).

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          drop rate percentage is based on catchable passes, not every attempt is catchable

  • Mike

    I mean, Bradford is definitely a well-below-average QB to begin with don’t get me wrong, but the Eagles have very little talent on the offensive side of the football. Jason Peters is the only genuinely talented football player on offense. Lane Johnson is second best but has been inconsistent. Sproles does what he does- so other than those 3, very little talent.

    • Thom Snyder

      you are saying jason kelce, demarco murray and ryan mathews aren’t very talented?

      • Mike

        All within scheme. DeMarco clearly doesn’t work in this offense. Ryan Mathews is a better fit anyway. I’d love to agree with you on Kelce as he has elite potential, but has been really sub-par this season. When i say genuinely talented I like to look for consistency and able to contribute in any scheme. DeMarco had that line in Dallas that he doesn’t have here.

        • Crimzin

          Sounds like there are about a dozen talented players in the league by your standards. You may want to get real. This is the NFL. They are all talented.

          • Mike

            Its all relative. Of course everyone in the NFL is talented compared to you and I. If you want to actually tell me that Jordan Matthews for example, with 2+ drops every game and at crucial moments, is a talented football player, then I’m not sure what to tel you.

        • Kaedwon

          Kelce has been atrocious this season. I mean, he looks like a freaking UFA out there at times.

      • Mike

        All within scheme. DeMarco clearly doesn’t work in this offense. Ryan Mathews is a better fit anyway. I’d love to agree with you on Kelce as he has elite potential, but has been really sub-par this season. When i say genuinely talented I like to look for consistency and able to contribute in any scheme. DeMarco had that line in Dallas that he doesn’t have here.

    • Thom Snyder

      you are saying jason kelce, demarco murray and ryan mathews aren’t very talented?

  • Tellytubby

    He’s a seriously underestimated quarterback who to me looks like he’s very rusty. Considering he hasn’t played football in two seasons and is with a new team, new players, new system etc I think he’s played pretty well at times. He seems to have terrible luck with his offensive weapons – in St Louis his best receiver was Brandon Lloyd for one year and Danny Amendola for the rest, and in Philly his receivers keep dropping the football.

  • Flounch

    Well, when he was in St Louis, The Wr also have a drop issue. It’s nothing new, i think it’s the way he throws the balls that cause drop. It’s weird to say that, but at St Louis, when he was not there the drop rate decreased a lot.
    Is it a coincidence that Eagles didn’t have issue of drop ball in the previous year and this year when Bradford is there, drop increased ?

    • James

      They also had Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin…

    • Crimzin

      Last year the top 2 receivers were not Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. I do think that Bradford and his receivers just haven’t really looked on the same page so far and there are some throws that are harder for them to catch than they should be due to placement but these are professional receivers we are talking about. They are paid to make tough catches. There is no excuse for Matthews having 3 drops against Carolina, 1 resulting in a tip and interception. No excuse for the team having a league-high 25 drops so far. At all.

  • Tim Edell

    Love PFF but to have Bradford graded higher than Tannehill this week is truly baffling!!