Doug Pederson isn't concerned Sam Bradford knows Eagles playbook
The Philadelphia Eagles have enough issues heading into Sunday's showdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Sam Bradford knowing the Eagles playbook isn't one of
The Philadelphia Eagles have enough issues heading into Sunday's showdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
Sam Bradford knowing the Eagles playbook isn't one of them.
"Sam has obviously a good understanding and knowledge of what we do on both sides of the ball," said Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. "I’m not going to change anything. Will we tweak some stuff? Yes. We still have to get ready. This is a great football team coming in here."
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Bradford, the former Eagles starting quarterback, was traded to the Vikings just eight days before the regular season for a first-round pick after Minnesota starter Teddy Bridgewater went down with a torn ACL. That's where the unique situation presents itself.
Bradford spent an entire offseason learning Pederson's scheme, participating in minicamps and the entire preseason. The Eagles playbook is like a second language to him and may be the primary language to the Vikings top-ranked scoring defense this week.
“I think where it becomes valuable for a coach when a player knows you is just knowing personnel," Pederson said. "Just understanding the types of guys that are here. He’s been a teammate for a couple years here. I think that becomes more valuable than the Xs and Os. If I know Sam, and I know the quarterback position, he’s got to get ready for this defense and get himself ready to go, as well.”
Bradford does face a challenge against an Eagles defense that knows his tendencies at the quarterback position as well. Despite recent struggles over the last two weeks, Philadelphia has allowed just 312 yards per game (6th in NFL) and 15.6 points (3rd in NFL).
This season, Bradford has completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 990 yards, six touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 109.7 passer rating.
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