By Michael Burke
Click here for Part 1 of Time To Weigh in on DeMarco Murray Leaving Dallas.
Philly quarterback quandary?
Now let’s talk about Quarterbacks. I’m sorry, I don’t care that Sam Bradford and Murray were college roommates and best friends, on no day of his life is he a better Quarterback than Tony Romo. Forget the fact for a minute that Romo should have been the MVP Last year over Aaron Rodgers (yes, I mean that), and that Sam Bradford will never even sniff MVP discussion in his entire NFL career. You can completely toss that out the window. No one on this earth would ever tell you Bradford is a better Quarterback than Romo unless they are related to him.
The discussion doesn’t even have to involve Romo. Sam Bradford is not a better Quarterback than the guy he got traded for who costs 1/6th as much. That’s right, I am telling you Nick Foles is better than Bradford. If you want to know the truth, in my not so humble opinion, the St. Louis Rams robbed the Eagles blind. To demonstrate this we simply need to look at the stats for each guy.
Apples to Oranges
Bradford has played in 49 NFL games, all as a starter. Foles has played in 28 NFL games, 24 as a starter. Bradford has 18 wins. Foles has 15. I am fairly confident he will top 3 wins in his next 21 games. Yes, Foles played for a better team. Yes, Bradford was handicapped by being on a pretty bad team. If wins told the whole story, I wouldn’t have a point.
In their careers Bradford has thrown 59 TDs in his career. Foles has thrown 46. If you calculated Foles out to the same number of games, at his current pace he would be at 100 TD passes. In their careers Bradford has thrown 38 INTs. Foles is at 17. If you again pushed him out to the same number of starts and kept his pace, Foles would still be doing better than Bradford with 34. Bradford has thrown for 11,065 yards. Foles for 6,753 yards. Again let’s push the pace out to equal and Foles is projected to 13,787 yards.
Now, I have openly admitted that Foles has played for a better team than Bradford. But Chip Kelly is dismantling that team. Foles biggest year he had DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Both are now gone. Bradford doesn’t have anyone to throw to again. I admit the Rams need to upgrade Wide Receiver for Foles, but I’d take Tavon Austin’s upside over anyone on Philadelphia right now. Bradford hasn’t had great Running Backs since Stephen Jackson left, and he does have clearly the best RB on either team now in Murray. If you are a Defensive Coordinator facing the Eagles in 2015 are you going to focus on stopping Bradford to Riley Cooper, or stopping Murray and his backups from running the football?
Here’s a little secret
You wanna beat the Eagles as they currently are constituted? Shut down the run. They have $15 million dollars allocated between Murray, Matthews, and Sproles, the game is still played with only one football and the Eagles two best Offensive Lineman are apparently not needed. Todd Herremans has already left for the Indianapolis Colts, and Evan Mathis is supposedly on the trading block. So while we are at it let’s acknowledge the fact that the Eagles Offensive Line is not even in the same discussion as the one Murray is leaving behind in Dallas. Even if the Eagles keep Mathis that O-line isn’t half as good. Now, who’s to say they can’t build an Offensive Line to be as good? No one is saying that. They can. It took Dallas four years to get there. Good luck DeMarco, you’re going to need it.
I’ll go ahead and predict something else while I’ve got this crystal ball in front of me and this fine turban on my melon. The Rams will be better in 2015 than the Eagles will be. That is how dumb I think the trade for Bradford was. Not only did the Eagles get a guy who is 6 times as expensive while not as good, but they gave up better draft picks to do it too. They get back a 5th this year, but they give up a 4th this year and a 2nd next year. Honestly it is the dumbest trade I have seen in a very long time. Dumber than the one that sent McCoy to Buffalo.
Rubbing it in
You knew I’d get there eventually. Yeah, that trade was dumb too. Yes, I do know that the Eagles had to improve on a 400 points allowing Defense. Oh yeah DeMarco, the Cowboys not only have a better Head Coach, Quarterback, Receivers, and Offensive Line than the Eagles, they also have a better Defense. You went to Philly to win a Super Bowl? It isn’t going to happen my man. Not a chance in hell.
You do not trade a top 5 Running Back, and a guy that every team has to game plan for, for a Linebacker who was on Injured Reserve. No disrespect to Kiko Alonso, but he isn’t Ray Lewis. Oh, and for the record, the Buffalo Bills best defense of the past 10 years was last year when this guy wasn’t playing. Going to call my shot now. The Buffalo Bills will be better in 2015 than the Eagles.
Reap what you sow
Do you get the idea that I think DeMarco Murray is going to regret this decision? I said earlier that he is going to be one of the most hated Eagles in Philadelphia, by Eagles fans. Take heart DeMarco, they won’t hate you as much as they will Chip Kelly for making all these moves. It wasn’t about winning a Super Bowl and it was about the money, but at least you got the cliches right. You learned them. I wish you had learned to make better decisions. This one was awful and it is going to bite you right in the buns.
Had Murray stayed, I would be predicting Dallas for a Super Bowl win. I have that much confidence in what he had with this team and what they had in him. Dallas can still get there with a rookie Running Back, or if the Minnesota Vikings do let Adrian Peterson go. They allegedly want the Cowboys 2nd and 3rd for him. Peterson would be an upgrade, but I wouldn’t do that and the Cowboys won’t either. If the Vikings want him off the books, they will either have to trade him to someone else, or release him outright and save the cap room. If the latter happens I can see Dallas pulling the trigger and I will renew my Super Bowl aspirations. Or if we get one of the 4 RBs in this Draft that I think can be as good as Murray behind this OL and with this assembled team. Murray could have been a part of it, he chose money over glory.