By Michael Donovan
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has a unique way with metaphors.
He compared his interest in moving up to draft Marcus Mariota last spring to “driving through the neighborhood” and then realizing the houses were out of his price range.
And yesterday Kelly compared quarterback Sam Bradford’s progression to arriving halfway through a movie and trying to figure out what happened in the beginning while everyone in the audience already saw it.
”He hasn’t been with us for the amount of time that some of the other guys have,” Kelly said.
”It’s something you have to get through reps; it’s not something that can be forced. He works extremely hard at it. He’s in this building all the time, watching film, studying, working at it. We’ve seen constant improvement out of Sam. I hope it continues and he’ll continue to play even better as we move forward.”
Bradford completed 25 of 36 passes for 295 yards and one TD with no interceptions against the Cowboys. His passer rating was 103.4. The only other time this season it was over 100 was in a loss at Washington when he had three TD passes and no picks.
Overall, Bradford has 2,061 yards passing, a career-high 62.9 completion rate, 10 TDs and 10 interceptions. His passer rating (79.5) is fifth-worst in the NFL, though it’s higher than Peyton Manning (75.6) and Andrew Luck (74.9).
But coaches say the poor stats are a product of him getting acclimated to a new offense while also recovering from two operations on his left ACL that sidelined him since October 2013.
”I’ve seen Sam improve on a weekly basis here,” Kelly said. ”We’re in game eight. He’s better in game eight than he was in game one. I think he’s more comfortable in terms of what we’re doing.”
Bradford had the offense moving in the second half against the Cowboys. He led the Eagles to scores on four of their last five drives, including the TD pass to Matthews in OT.
”We played fast, we played the way we wanted to play, and it made a difference,” Bradford said.