8 Stats That Highlight Just How Much Sam Bradford Sucks
Sam Bradford is on the books for $18 million dollars in cash earnings for the 2016 NFL season. That means he is set to make more money this year than all but eight quarterbacks. You'd think that would make him a pretty happy camper. You'd probably assume that a guy who has played as terribly as Bradford over the years would be tickled pink to be earning that kind of paycheck in spite of his incredibly disappointing career.
Of course, you'd be wrong. Despite being nothing short of lackluster in the five NFL seasons he's played in, Sam Bradford has spent the majority of the off-season whining like a petulant teenager about the prospect of competing with rookie first-round draft pick Carson Wentz for the job of starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. He even had the balls to take a vacation from being incredibly overpaid, excusing the blatant attempt at forcing the Eagles to trade him as merely taking some time to get his head back in the game.
“I just felt like I needed some time," said Bradford in statements to the press on Tuesday. "I could have stayed here, could have continued to work here, but I’m not sure my head really would have been here those two weeks.
There’s no promises in this business,” Bradford said. “It wasn’t a long-term deal. It was a two-year deal. I was well aware of that. We talked about that. My goal was to play well for the next two years and create that stability that I talked about for pretty much my whole career. Philadelphia is the place I wanted to be. I wanted to play well for the next two years, create that stability, and then sign a longer-term deal and stay here for the rest of my career.”
Now this would all seem fairly reasonable if Bradford had delivered even half of what it takes to earn a spot as a franchise quarterback, but he very much has not. In fact he has already made more money and been afforded more opportunity to prove himself in the NFL than most players will ever get. Philadelphia insanely handed him $22 million GUARANTEED over two years and all they asked in return is that he not suck. When he did suck, they went out an got an insurance policy and now he's the one that's mad? That's rich. (Pun intended.)
Since Bradford can't seem to grasp that he is lucky to even be in the position that he's in, I'd say it's time for a few statistics to help him put things into perspective. Here are eight stats from ProFootball Reference that illustrate just how awful Sam Bradford has been as an NFL quarterback.
8. Since 2010, Bradford has the lowest passer rating of any QB to start in 60+ games.
There have been 20 quarterbacks to start 60 or more games since Bradford's rookie season in 2010. Bradford's 81.0 passer rating is the lowest; by a significant margin.
7. Since 2010, Bradford has the 2nd lowest completion percentage of any QB to start in 60+ games.
The only player to have a lower completion percentage is Cam Newton. And just to put that into a little perspective, Newton has rushed for 3,207 yards. Bradford has rushed for 286.
6. Since 2010, Bradford has the lowest touchdown percentage of any QB to start in 60+ games.
5. Only five quarterbacks who have played in 60+ games since 2010 have failed to be selected to the Pro Bowl. Bradford is one of them.
4. Since 2010, Bradford has thrown for the 2nd fewest yards of any QB to start 60+ games.
The only player to have thrown for fewer yards is Russell Wilson. And just to put that into a little perspective, he's played in two Super Bowls and won one of them. Oh, he's also rushed for 2,430 yards.
3. Since 2010, Bradford has thrown for the fewest yards per pass attempt of any QB to start 60+ games.
Just in case you were going to try to cut him some slack for having only played in 63 games.... Don't.
2. Bradford has the lowest Approximate Value on ProFootballReference.com of any QB to start 60+ games since 2010.
Approximate value is a stat developed by ProFootball Reference founder Doug Drinen. According to the AV metric, Sam Bradford is about half as valuable as Jay Cutler! What an achievement.
1. Bradford is ranked 138th in the Super Bowl era in Approximate Value.
Not everybody can be as valuable as Matt Cassell and Mark Sanchez.
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