Chip: Starters To Play 10-15 Snaps

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly plans on having the first team on the field for 10-15 plays Friday night for the Eagles first preseason game in Chicago.

“It really depends offensively and defensively how much success you’re having,” he said. “It could be you get a couple three-and-outs and you have to go back out there but two decent drives we feel like that’s what we’re aiming for right now.”

Kelly said that he is unsure whether Jeremy Maclin (leg soreness) will go. He doesn’t anticipate that Riley Cooper (foot) will play. He would not provide any further details about the injury, only that it is a day-to-day situation. It’s been over a week since Cooper suited up.

Nolan Carroll was sidelined the past two days with what Kelly called a “muscle deal” in either his hamstring or groin. He doesn’t anticipate Carroll playing against the Bears but expects him back within a few days.

For rookies like Marcus Smith, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, this is an opportunity to get a taste of NFL game action — albeit in an exhibition setting.

“I hope to see the same out of everybody — I hope they rise to the occasion and go out there and rip it up,” said Kelly. “I have the same expectations, it doesn’t matter if you were the first-round pick or an undrafted free agent or we signed you in the offseason, we don’t have any different expectation for Marcus than we do for Beau Allen. It’s really a chance to see guys in live action with officials in a different setting and see which guys can show up a little bit. That’s the interesting thing: There are going to be some guys that maybe somebody didn’t have an idea where they were going to be and then there will be some guys that disappoint, but you don’t know until you can put them into action.”

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  • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

    Yeah these will probably be the quickest 10-15 snaps logged in NFL preseason history.

    • cheapmeat.mariota.crackwh0re

      Yeah but I think I’m more interested in seeing the our pass defense.

  • Andy

    I love the confidence. Two good (i.e. scoring drives) for a total of 10-15 snaps. That implies gains of over 10 yards per snap if they start on their own 20.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    good, more 2’s…more Matthews. bet he doesnt even leave a footprint when he runs.

    • One night I had a dream…

      I dreamed I was walking along the beach with Matthews, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to #81. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of the game, There was only one set of footprints.

      I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in the game. This really bothered me, and I questioned him about it. “Jordan, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.

      Jordan Matthews replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you

      • Dominik

        Don’t get the reference. Can someone explain it to me?

        • Cheesesteak

          Google “Footprints in the Sand” a famous poem.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        tremendous…game, set, match

        • ehh. I’m a Catholic boy from South Philly. Pretty sure I crossed the line with that one. Mea Maxima Culpa.

          • PatrickVoltage

            Also kind of a rip off of DMX skit

          • Johnny Domino

            I think I saw that in my Successories catalog, will have to get one for the office.

          • knock successories all you want JD, once I realized there’s “no I in ‘team'” – my company took off.

          • Neanderthal

            There is no I in team, but there is a M and an E

          • Johnny Domino

            I tend to be more of a demotivational guy.
            The kind you’d cut for football reasons.

          • “ain’t no we, either”


          • Max Lightfoot

            You’re not alone.

            I always thought the RCIA stood for the Roman Catholic Intelligence Agency. Penance this week, for certain.

      • CHRIS – CB with dreads

        Best thing I’ve read in a long time. Well done, sir. I feel like this needs to be hung up at my work desk for troubling times.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Thank you, I couldn’t stop giggling like a little girl for most of that. Fantastic

      • DirtyWaters

        Just another example why this site has the best comments ever.

      • Wilbert31

        Nice work!

  • Robert Baer

    Please start the offense with a hook-n-ladder play (for a touchdown of course)!

    • FluxCapacitor

      When did we sign Billy Bob? He’s the straw that stirs the drink on that play…

      • Robert Baer

        I was thinking of a different movie, but your reply did cause a smirkish response of joy from this guy.

    • Javi Echie

      Maybe we can hit them with the “Annexation of Puerto Rico” while we’re at it, might as make the preseason fun to watch

      • Robert Baer

        I think this would have been fun to try with Big Red and the ever-gassed McNabb. I think the D might have feel for our sudden appearance of confusion and gassed look.

        • Javi Echie

          Honestly I can see this working really well with our current team and Chip in like the 3rd quarter of a game when the opposition defense is gassed.

        • peteike

          that is awesome ha

  • Eneagled<3

    This just in, Kelly may also be showing up on the field.

    • Javi Echie

      Really hope they bring the Kelly Greens back. I love those jerseys.

  • jpate

    great, I better not blink or I will miss those 15 snaps

    • Johnny Domino

      Have an extra beer at the ready, no time for a fridge run.

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        D-V-R… Pause; it’s a wonderful button.

        • Johnny Domino

          I’m usually more in the moment

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            I’m more of a combination of someone who hates commercials and is constantly stuffing their face during games so pre-recording / pausing is a part of my viewing experience.

    • MagatBrackendale

      I don’t believe Chip said that the 10 or 15 snaps would be the FIRST 10 or 15 snaps. Or that they would be grouped together at all. ;~)

  • peteike

    I was amazed watching hard knocks how tired those guys were from just a scrimmage. Sure it was early in camp (rookies) and Im sure they all go through a ramp up period but I hope our conditioning continues to pay off before rest of league catches up. Even better if it gets the team some wins early out of the gate. Or helps anyway. Speaking of hard knocks, after seeing Martellus Bennett on Dallas he was not a very likeable guy from the get go, not surprised to see him continuing to make bone headed decisions.

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      You ever watch him and Michael interview on First Take? Not a show I watch often, but they had some decent interviews on that show.

      • peteike

        no but Ill take your word for it. I shouldnt judge on one bit of a show years ago. I actually didnt think the fight was that bad, just looked rougher than it needed to be. I had no idea they were brothers.

        • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

          I thought they were twins at first, but Michael is older by like a year.

        • MagatBrackendale

          I have seen the Bennetts on TV also. Martellus makes frequent negative comments about Caucasian folks so I have to wonder if something he said is the real cause of his suspension. Racist remarks are supposed to be a no-no this year.

  • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC
    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Uh Oh.

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      I thought this was some injury news or something so I was quite relieved to read the head line… then it sank in about 3 seconds later and I face palmed.

    • Javi Echie

      Really hope he never does an Eagles game.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        This was my first thought.

    • peteike

      ughhh nothing worse than a blaring ad at work with zero option to pause it or turn it down.

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        My PC is always on mute by default for this exact type of situation.

  • Bert’s Bells

    Nolan Carroll with a muscle deal on his hamstring or groin or some jawn.