There has been much made of Sam Bradford’s revolving line of offensive coordinators in his career.
That begged the question, how did Bradford do in each of the games?
Bradford in his first game under new offensive coordinators:
2010 (L 13-17 vs Arizona) 32/55 253 yards 1 TD 3 INT 53.1 QBRating
2011 (L 13-31 vs Philadelphia) 17/30 188 yards 0 TD 0 INT 75.4 QBRating
2012 (L 23-27 @ Detroit) 17/25 198 yards 1 TD 0 INT 105.1 QBRating
2015 (L 24-26 @ Atlanta) 36/52 336 yards 1 TD 2 INT 77.1 QBRating
2016 (W 17-14 vs Green Bay) 22/31 286 yards 2 TD 0 INT 121.2 QBRating*
For his career, he is 1-4, is 124/193 64.2% 1,261 yards 5 TD 7 INT 76.4 QB Rating.
Now, this isn’t to say Bradford is bad, doomed, or to start Josh Rosen, this is just a look at what Bradford has done in his first game under each new offensive coordinator.
What this shows is that Bradford isn’t bad statistically, but he can put his teams in a bad position in his initial start with a new coordinator, as there is obviously some feeling out that goes on between the two.
What was interesting about his one win, was that Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator, but Pat Shurmur, who was with him in Philadelphia, was the QB coach. There was obviously some familiarity between the two that helped out, as Bradford had his absolute best game in his first start under a new OC in his career.
Moreover, if you look at Bradford in his two seasons where he was able to have the same OC to start the year that he ended the previous year with, 2013 in St. Louis with Brian Schottenheimer and 2017 in Minnesota with Shurmur.
Bradford put up two of his better games of his career in wins over the Arizona Cardinals in their first game under Bruce Arians in 2013 and last year, against the New Orleans Saints in what was the best start of his NFL career.
In those two games, Bradford threw for 645 yards 5 touchdowns and only 1 interception while completing an absurd 77.1% of his passes.
Will Arizona lose game one of the season?
Who knows, that is months away, but there is a strong likelihood that it will be rough start for Bradford under his sixth new offensive coordinator in his career, so you have been warned that if/when it happens, don’t go calling for Rosen after game one.