By Sam Bush
Quarterback Sam Bradford is one of the Eagles who will miss fired coach Chip Kelly the most.
One of the first moves Kelly made when he gained control over the team’s personnel moves last offseason was to trade for Bradford.
The on-field results of that deal were not good enough for the Eagles to attain a winning record or for Kelly to keep his job, a turn of events that Bradford said left him “shocked” on Tuesday night. Bradford, whose contract expires at the end of the season, “didn’t see it coming” and he wasn’t ready to give a firm answer about whether Kelly’s departure changed his mind about remaining with the Eagles in 2016.
“I still enjoy the guys on this team,” Bradford said, via ESPN.com. “I enjoy the city. I enjoyed my time here. Obviously, I think a lot of it depends on who they hire as a head coach now and what type of offensive system he wants to run. The future is uncertain. Chip was great to me. It’s tough to lose him. But we’re focused on this last game. After that, I can sit down and think about what the future holds.”
At his press conference, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie referred to Bradford as a quarterback that can fit any scheme so it would seem that the door isn’t shut on the Eagles’ side about a return. One has to wonder whether how much the Eagles want to link themselves to Bradford after Lurie made it clear Wednesday that he thought the franchise was on the wrong trajectory because of the moves that Kelly made in Philadelphia.