Minnesota Vikings' Sam Bradford getting comfortable in a hurry

By The Sports Xchange
Minnesota Vikings head football coach Mike Zimmer. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Minnesota Vikings head football coach Mike Zimmer. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is looking pretty darn relaxed for a guy who arrived only a month ago.

After completing 26 passes to nine different receivers in Monday night's 24-10 win over the Giants, Bradford is 3-0 and running an offense that still has not turned the ball over in its first four games.


"Sam's a baller," said tight end Kyle Rudolph, who caught his third touchdown pass in three games with Bradford at quarterback. "You can see him getting more and more comfortable now. Not only at the line of scrimmage, but in the huddle as a leader of this offense and of this team; guys kind of gravitate towards his energy now."

At the quarter-pole mark for most teams in the NFL, one has to wonder which team is the best in the NFC. Bradford's new team or his old team.

His current team is 4-0 with the league's No. 2 scoring defense (12.5 points per game) and marquee wins over the Packers at home and the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, where Carolina had won 14 straight. Bradford's old team, the Eagles, are 3-0 with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, are No. 1 in scoring defense (9.0) and beat Pittsburgh 34-3 heading into last week's bye.


The Vikings' identity is its dominant defense. But the team needs Bradford as comfortable as possible to take the next step. That's why the offensive coaches streamlined some of the terminology in the play-calling to help Bradford get up to speed more quickly.

"They've been awesome," Bradford said of the coaches. "Obviously, when I got here I was having a hard time just calling the plays. They were a little bit wordy. Obviously, everything was new.

"The coaches have been awesome in code wording things. Things that I've done in the past and trying to incorporate those into the offense. Things that I feel comfortable with. I've spent a lot of time with (quarterbacks coach) Scott Turner. He's done a great job just helping me get comfortable in this system."

Next up: Houston at home. Then a bye week. Then we'll find out whether Bradford's current team is better than his former team when the Vikings travel to Philadelphia (3-0).

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