“My gut feeling,” Jaworski said, “is after seven games is that unless Sam Bradford has an epiphany, I don’t think he’s the guy for the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. I have seen enough both positively and negatively at this point in his career to say he’s a guy you have to move on from.”
By Peter Gleason
Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski is paid now as an expert on ESPN, and while Jaws is usually a cautious sort who spouts the conventional wisdom, he took a different turn on Monday with Mikey Miss on 97.5 the Fanatic about benched Niner QB Colin Kaepernick:
“If there was a guy that I would look at, if I was in Chip Kelly’s position, he’s a guy that I would take a serious, serious look at. That is a bad offensive football team. It’s a horrible offensive line. The wide receivers can’t get open. Clearly, Kaepernick is taking a beating, not only on the field but his public persona.
“Everyone is blaming him for what’s going on in San Francisco. If you remember just a couple years ago, he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. He was inches away of hitting Michael Crabtree and beating Joe Flacco and the Ravens in that game.
“That team has disintegrated since then. This is a quarterback with a pedigree of leading a team to the Super Bowl. Jim Harbaugh had the ideal prototype of an offense. Greg Roman was the offensive coordinator and they ran the ball on as beautifully designed plays and plays that were run to Colin Kaepernick’s strengths. I think that’s the issue in San Francisco right now. It’s certainly something that could help the Eagles at the quarterback position, but he carries a very hefty price tag right now.”
Kapernick is guaranteed $61 million, but the guaranteed money is broken down into a series of bonuses that are triggered as long as he is on the roster each April, which makes it a bit more amenable for teams trying to make a trade.
Over the past two seasons Kaepernick has not played to the level of his first two seasons. The Nevada product has taken 80 sacks while tossing just 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during that span.
Certainly Kaepernick’s mobility makes him an intriguing option in Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s scheme, but there is something to be said for the fact that every quarterback Kelly has acquired since inheriting Michael Vick in his first NFL season has been a prototypical pocket-passing quarterback, including Sam Bradford.
Still, Jaworski says that even if Bradford leads the Eagles to a playoff victory this season, he would still be hesitant to re-sign him this season.