The Sam Bradford situation

As all Philly fans know, last week the Eagles traded up to the No. 2 spot in the draft to take their franchise quarterback of the future, presumably Carson Wentz.

Current starter Sam Bradford is not happy about being a lame duck quarterback just six weeks after signing a new contract and, truthfully, I really can’t blame him. He really thought that this was going to be the chance to fulfill all his potential after finally getting healthy. It is unsettling that it seems like he doesn’t want to compete, but whatever.

So now Bradford wants a trade and we have drama two days before the draft.

That’s fine, because what we don’t have is a mess in the front office. I believe the expected QB depth chart points to de facto GM Howie Roseman being in tune with his coaches and being an absolute wizard this year.

Let’s look at THE key move of the offseason: Going from No. 13 in the draft to No. 2. Doing that took two trades, five draft picks and getting rid of two players (Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo).

I believe that was the plan going into free agency, somehow move up high enough to get Wentz or Jared Goff. But there is no way the Eagles brass could have banked on Roseman actually being able to pull it off, the jump from 13 to 2 is just too big.

So they very prudently hedged their bet. They brought Bradford back on a short contract that gives them a starting quarterback in 2016 and an extra year to sign Sammy long term in case they didn’t get Wentz/Goff this year.

They also paid a little extra for Chase Daniel, a guy Doug Pederson loves and thinks is a potential starter. What’s the plan there? Well, if Roseman does manage to get Wentz/Goff and Bradford goes off the deep end, the Eagles have someone who can step in and start this year while the rookie gets acclimated. Daniel also gives the Eagles the chance to trade a potentially unhappy Bradford if it comes down to that.

So the Eagles did not bungle their quarterback situation. They played everything out perfectly to give them the best shot moving forward whether or not they were able to get Wentz/Goff.

Now, if Roseman can flip Bradford for the No. 2 the Eagles gave up for him … then he’s NFL Executive of the Year.

Please don’t hire Tom Coughlin

I am not really too keen on the idea of Tom Coughlin being the head coach of the Eagles.

His age doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that I don’t think he is that great a coach. I know he has two Super Bowl rings, but somehow it doesn’t feel like those came because of great head coaching.

I believe he would absolutely be a stabilizing force in the locker room and the organization, and that seems important to Jeff Lurie right now, but I will be watching suspiciously how he operates on game day.

That said, I am even more disillusioned by the Philly beat writers. I believe guys like Les Bowen and Rueben Frank are excellent journalists and I respect their opinions, but it feels like they are being just as reactive as they are accusing the Eagles front office of being.

There is no need to fuel the fan fire that the Eagles are lagging behind just because Miami picked the flavor-of-the-day and the Browns made a hire. Seriously, the fact that Hue Jackson jumped at the Browns offer shows exactly how many other offers he had, doesn’t it?

We all also know if the Eagles had hired Adam Gase right after interviewing him, the same beat writers would be ripping the front office for moving too quickly. After all, they have been telling us how “uninspiring” the list of candidates is from the start.

So the Eagles aren’t necessarily lagging. There is an equal chance they are simply being careful with a franchise that is the heart of the city.

So beat reporters, please take a breath. With a 24/7 Twitter news cycle and immediate blog posts, you are part of the observer effect. You are not just reporting news anymore but shaping the opinion, which comes with greater responsibility.

Welcome to the quantum physics of sports.

Greg Hardy and domestic violence

2908-custom-ribbon-magnet-sticker-stopdomesticviolenceThe ability of Cowboy’s defensive lineman Greg Hardy to say really stupid things about women got me to thinking … Why does the NFL care if women get breast cancer, but not care if they get abused by their intimate partner?

Considering the recent track record of the NFL’s employees (players), you would think the league might be concerned about both issues. But I have to assume they don’t care much about domestic violence, because I saw a sea of pink this weekend but no extra purple.

Pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month while purple is for Domestic Violence Awareness Month — both of which are observed in October.

This post isn’t anti Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast cancer is an insidious disease with 300,000 new cases each year, according to BreastCancer.org. If women are more likely to take part in early detection and prevention programs because of pink campaigns like the NFL’s — and statistics suggest they are — then that is awesome and the NFL should continue to wear pink in October.

But there is also room for purple.

Consider the staggering numbers for domestic violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control: “On average, 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 10 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story—nearly 2 million women are raped in a year and over 7 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year.”

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that one-third of all women in the United States is a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

Why is the NFL not rallying to the Domestic Violence Awareness banner?

One of the main messages during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that early detection and lifestyle changes to lessen risk are important and can save lives.

The same can be said for domestic violence; early detection and lifestyle changes can save lives. Plus, domestic violence is theoretically 100 percent preventable.

But first we have to get people to care as much about purple as the do pink.

Like the people who run the NFL.

I signed this petition to get the NFL to support Domestic Violence Awareness by wearing purple.

This is the Mariota draft

No matter what happens, I think Philly will always consider this the Mariota draft. The talk about whether Chip Kelly is willing to give up enough in a trade to get the quarterback of his dreams has had Eagles fans on edge for six weeks.

I have mostly avoided the subject until now — but today is Draft Day, so what the hell.

I think there’s a 50-50 chance Kelly is able to do the incredible and go from Pick 20 to high enough to get Marcus Mariota, and I think this is the most likely scenario:

Eagles trade Sam Bradford and a third this year with a conditional pick next year for the the No. 12 pick.

Eagles package first round picks 12 and 20, plus G Evan Mathis, CB Brandon Boykin, and DE Vinny Curry for Tennessee’s No. 2.

You can also throw in LB Mychal Kendricks in that mix of players, I just left him out because I think he has the most upside of the group and would love to see him stay in Philly.

Yeah, I know there’s really no chance, but it is fun to speculate. The weak link is Cleveland, because the Eagles don’t give up a lot for the No. 12 pick in my scenario, but the Browns really want Bradford. Also, Bradford’s agent Tom Condon is not on good terms with the Browns right now and he has said his client won’t sign an extension with Cleveland.

But who knows?

If my scenario happens, it would mean the Eagles gave up this year’s first and third round picks, next year’s second (for Bradford) and a conditional pick; Mathis, Boykin, Curry and QB Nick Foles (for Bradford) … all for Marcus Mariota.

Is he worth it? Only time will tell. But if you truly believe he can be a star-level quarterback in your system, then I think you have to give it a shot. Those type of players don’t come around often.

Whatever happens, it will be fun to watch.