Last season, veteran quarterback Sam Bradford was rushed into being the signal caller for the Minnesota Vikings. Bradford threw for a career-high 3,877 yards while completing 71.6 percent of his passes.
However, this offense wasn’t explosive by any stretch of the imagination. A major reason for Bradford’s high completion percentage is due to the amount of dink and dunks.
Nonetheless, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur believes Bradford will thrive next season.
“When he comes back [for the Vikings’ offseason program in April], him having the ability to sit down with the players he’s going to play with through the offseason, we’ll do things that fit his eye, that fit with what we do,” Shurmur said. “We’ll be able to practice that more. When he came in this year, everything was running parallel and real fast. He had to get up to speed with what we were doing, he had to quickly learn the players he was playing with. That connection between the quarterback and the skill players is extremely important, and that chemistry is built really in the offseason, when you get the chance to slow it down and run the individual routes that are within the concept, so he gets a feel for their body language and vice versa. That’s where you’re hopeful that you’re going to see a big jump in efficiency in terms of the passing game.”
With Teddy Bridgewater out for another season, the Vikings will need Bradford to play at a high level.