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Game Vs. Giants: Quarterback Sam Bradford

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Eagles QB Sam Bradford**

How important was this win today?

SAM BRADFORD: It was big. I think after going through what we went through this week, it wasn't easy. I'm so proud of the guys in that locker room, the way they rallied around Pat (Shurmur), the way we played today. It's always nice to end the year with a win.

You look at your numbers over the last seven games since the bye and they're good. What changed since then? Are you healthier, more comfortable?

BRADFORD: All of the above. The longer I was out there, the more comfortable I became. It just took a little longer than I'd hoped to get to that level. Earlier in the season, I missed some throws that I was not accustomed to missing. It seems like after the bye, everything came back to me. Everything slowed down. I played the way I knew I could play.

How important was it for you guys to go out on a high note with a win?

BRADFORD: It was really important. Like I just talked about, it was tough this week on everyone. It would've been even tougher if we had to go into the off-season with a loss. I was really proud of the guys. I thought they fought tremendously hard out there today. I thought the guys up front did an excellent job of protecting me and opening holes for the running backs. I'm really just proud of the effort today.

In terms of who the team hires, how big of a factor will that be in your decision to return or not?

BRADFORD: That's definitely going to be a factor. It definitely depends on who they hire and what kind of offensive system he wants to run. If he feels like I fit and I feel like I fit, that's it.

Have you had any conversations with the owner or Howie Roseman about your future here?

BRADFORD: No.

It seems today you changed plays at the line. Did that happen more often than a typical game today?

BRADFORD: Yeah, I would say that there were a couple of times today probably more than in the past that we did change things at the line of scrimmage.

How different did it feel with Pat Shurmur as the head coach as opposed to Chip Kelly today?

BRADFORD: I'm not so sure it was the head coach. To me, it was the fact that he was calling plays. He was in my ear. He was the one I was talking to when I came off to the sideline. It reminded me a lot of my rookie year. It brought back some good memories of being out there with Pat calling it. He wasn't in an easy position today. I think what he did this week and the way he led this football team was remarkable, really. I don't think anyone wants to be put in that position, but he did a great job. I think he called a great game today.

What does it do for you when you're allowed to make those types of changes (on the line of scrimmage)?

BRADFORD: I think sometimes it gets us into a better play. It allows us to have the opportunity for a more explosive or more successful play than if we were just to run what had originally been called.

I know you ran tempo, but it seemed that it was a slower and different pace. How much did that help in the efficiency and no pre-snap penalties and the other things that had been happening before?

BRADFORD: I think it helped. I think we got into a rhythm there, especially on the one drive in the fourth quarter. I think it eliminated a lot of the negative plays that you'd seen all year. For the most part, today we were getting the right plays called against the right books. I think that's why we were able to be more consistent and more efficient today.

What do you think the team needs for the next Head Coach? What kind of person?

BRADFORD: You want to play for a guy that's going to be there for you. He's going to lead you and inspire you, someone the guys in the locker room can really rally around. Fortunately, I don't have to make those decisions. Those are way above me. Mr. Lurie, I'm sure, will do a great job of finding a head coach.

Does Pat Shurmur have those attributes?

BRADFORD: I think so. Like I said, Pat was put in a really tough position this week. I don't think anyone wants to be put in that position. It's not easy on him. It's not easy on the team. I think Pat, obviously having been there before in Cleveland, having done it before, helped him. I thought he did a great job this week.

Do you think you took a step in your development and picked up where you left off before your injury?

BRADFORD: I think towards the end of the season, I did. I think the last year I played in St. Louis and the first half of that season was the only time I'd ever been with the same offense in my career. I felt like I was much more comfortable out there. I felt like I was playing much more consistently each week. I think that things were really starting to take off. I think I picked that back up after the bye this year.

Would you push for Pat Shurmur to be back here as Head Coach, given what you just said about being in the same system and, like old times, having him in your ear?

BRADFORD: The quarterback-head coach relationship is extremely important in any organization. Given the history I have with Pat, we were together my rookie year and reunited this year, I think it would mean a lot to me. I would love to play for him. I really enjoyed playing for him today. If he is a candidate, I hope that he gets serious consideration.

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