A few occasions, I mentioned how Sam Bradford was not the main villain of the Minnesota Vikings and his implosion of 5-0 out of the playoffs.
The Minnesota Vikings, with their strong defense, were frank-favorite to get ready at NFC North and pinch a place in the playoffs . In 2015, remembering, the team wasWitchBlair Walsh to beat the Seattle Seahawks at home. The problem is that quarterback , Teddy Bridgewater, had serious knee injuries on the eve of the season starting. The departure for the Vikings went to Bradford via exchange.
Sam had a somewhat chaotic intertemporada in Philadelphia. After the team raised the Draft and chose Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, Bradford did not pick up phone calls from the coaching staff, made a basic fall, and imploded bridges with everyone from the Eagles’ CT. Bridgewater’s injury was what he needed for a fresh start.
Not that he did not have some. Once the first overall draft pick, Bradford was never eligible to be the first player to be selected in the draft. Injuries (and there were a few) aside, Sam has always been painted as a middleweight quarterback and look there. As the NFL is an alley of quarterbacks , at the first sign of the Vikings’ implosion last year, Sam was appointed as the scapegoat. Normal, he’s the team leader. But who watched the Minnesota games and watched the team’s medical bulletin, realized that an offensive line that was no longer cool, collapsed throughout the year.
The land game helped less. The Vikings ended the 2016 season as the worst team to run with the ball: 3.2 yards per loaded. If they ran all three times each time, on average, it would be punt in every campaign. As a obvious result, Bradford was forced to pass the ball more than he should and against defenses that knew this would happen. Having cones like offensive line, could not give in another.
With the line reshaped and an excellent young talent in Dalvin Cook, Bradford was able to play against the fragile (is it? Is still Week 1, hehe) defense of the Saints. One of the main points was that Sam did what he did not – even because he did not have time in his pocket for either. He passed in depth. 8-9 for 219 yards and a touchdown on passes that traveled at least 15 yards. The last time a Vikings quarterback did that? Brett Favre in 2009.
We do not know if the success Sam had in Week 1 will last. The New Orleans defense is not usually a barometer for this. But fact is that in what he can do, he did very well. Another example: Bradford completed 9 passes of 10 attempted when the Saints blitzed – that is, five or more defenders going up the quarterback .