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Eagles QB Sam Bradford 'shocked' by Chip Kelly firing

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford said he was “shocked” when head coach Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Bradford said Wednesday. “I don’t know if anyone did.”

Bradford has been on teams when the head coach was fired, but this was different.

"I’ve never gone through it in the season like this," Bradford said. "I would just say the surprise factor. We had a really good practice yesterday. Everything was normal. For it to happen last night kind of surprised everyone."

On Saturday night, Bradford said he liked it in Philadelphia and would like to sign a new contract during the offseason. One of the reasons he cited was the ability to play in the same offense for a second year, a luxury he was seldom afforded during his time in St. Louis.

“I still enjoy the guys on this team,” Bradford said. “I enjoy the city. I enjoyed my time here. Obviously, I think a lot of it depends on who they hire as a head coach now and what type of offensive system he wants to run.

“The future is uncertain. Chip was great to me. It’s tough to lose him. But we’re focused on this last game. After that, I can sit down and think about what the future holds.”

Kelly said he wanted to sign Bradford to a new contract. He said the Eagles wouldn’t have traded for Bradford if they thought he would only be here for one season.

The Eagles have Mark Sanchez under contract for one more season. Third-team quarterback Thad Lewis is the only other QB on the roster.

Bradford said he believes Kelly is a good coach and doesn’t understand talk that Kelly was unapproachable or difficult to talk to.

“I don’t know what his relationship was with other people, but I had a great relationship with Chip,” Bradford said. “He gave me an opportunity after being injured. I’ll forever be grateful for that. It’s tough.”

Someone asked Bradford if Kelly lost the locker room.

“He didn’t lose me,” Bradford said. “I know that.”