Kelly Talks Foles, Sanchez And the Offense

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The word Chip Kelly used to describe his team’s offensive performance Friday night was sloppy.

The starters stayed in the game for three series, and the results were ugly: two turnovers and a punt.

“The second one was 2nd-and-4,” Kelly said, when asked about Nick Foles’ interceptions. “We didn’t get a great seal. It was a naked [bootleg] play. Those are the times where we’ve just gotta make the decision to throw the ball away. Let’s not force it in there. We’re in real good field position on their side of the ball. On the other one, I think there was a twist up front. There was some pressure. Again, they were playing zone defense. We’ve just gotta be smarter with the football.”

Asked if Foles was pressured too much, Kelly added: “He got a little pressure… on the one third down. But obviously when it’s third and… the penalty situation hurt us too. I think the one time it was third and a real lot. We knew it going in, the officials were gonna call it closer. And we were aware of it. Both teams were playing with the same group so we knew that we’ve gotta really work on the penalty aspect of it. From the penalty things, we were sloppy. From the turnover aspect, we were really sloppy.”

Foles finished 6-for-9 for 44 yards and two INTs. Given what he showed in 10 starts last year, his performance obviously needs to be put in the proper context.

“It’s one preseason game,” Kelly said. “He got X amount of snaps and we’ll make corrections and go from there. But until you really look at things, did a protection break down? Did he have a chance to set his feet? Did the receiver run the right route? A lot of different things that get involved in that.”

Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez played well in the second quarter, completing seven of 10 attempts for 79 yards. There are still three preseason games to go, but at this point it’d be an upset if he didn’t win the backup job.

“I thought Mark did a really nice job,” Kelly said. “I was really impressed with the work he did in the second quarter. I thought he threw the ball on time, put the ball in there. He made a mistake on the one play at the goal line where he pulled it and then tried to throw it out. I think we were at the 1-yard line, but we got in the next play so it didn’t really come back to hurt us. But I thought he played calm. He had poise about him, put the ball on the money. The ball he threw to [Zach] Ertz down the middle I thought was a really well-timed throw. I was really happy with him.”

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  • sprawl

    Joint practices with the patriots this week could be pretty brutal. Sounds like Chip is going to have a lot of things he wants to clean up and the patriots can’t be happy with the way the scoreboard ended up against Washington.

    I’m actually considering going to the game Friday night since I’ll be in town over the weekend and would never spend the money on a regular season game up there… I’m betting somebody will be looking to unload some tickets below face value at the last minute?

    • CTAZPA

      Good plan.

    • anon

      Yeah i don’t think Pats care — TB didn’t even play pre-season. But i think again we’ll all be wowing at how precise TB is and their 2 best corners are better than all of our WRs. Maybe Belicheck will convince chip that [paying for] talent does matter.

  • gmyrtle

    We could have had Allen Robinson, Johnny Manziel and DeSean Jackson!!! Chip and Howie are too smart for that. I can’t believe Jordan Matthews is slower than Jason Avant!! He’s even slower than Nick Foles!!!!! Good job scouting Howie. Who do you have pictures on to keep your job? Allen Robinson kicked a## at psu! Do you have a tv???? You suck Howie. You ruined this team. Go kiss Jeffrey’s a## to keep your job. You suck as a GM.

    • Richaud Jeaffreson

      You’re joking right?

    • John E. Zang

      Hahahaha Johnny Manziel! PRESEASON

    • EAGLES

      Are you a troll or really that stupid?

      • GW.Fisher

        Perhaps both?

        • OregonDucker

          GW – He’s as dumb as Jerry!

    • Wiztopher

      Take a nap

    • James Skip Carl

      Momah said knock you out.

      • Johnny Domino

        LL Carl James

    • Kelce’s Beard

      What a turd

    • EagleDuck

      Oh no… jim35 is in the house. It was bound to happen eventually.

  • Bullwinkle

    The long completion from Sanchez to Ertz was an absolutely perfect pass. I was very surprised by how well Sanchez played. The last time I saw him play so well was a huge disappointment for me. That was against PSU in the Rose Bowl several years back.

    • Johnny Domino

      If somebody’s #1 goes down they will get calls about Sanchez.

  • anon

    Brandon Cooks looks like the realness.

  • Joe Thomas

    People really are overreacting to the first preseason game, like seriously, come on.

    • Septhinox

      Philly fans…Philly fans… lol

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    I’m not concerned. The plays were boring and basic. Kelly didn’t even get off page 1 of his 200 page playbook. Shady barely touched the ball, no bubble screens, no wheel routes, no back shoulder throws, no bunch formations.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    I didn’t notice Barbre so I guess thats a good thing.

  • imnotsorryisaidthat

    perspective my brothers in winged claws..when its for real these birds will be clicking at 30 plus per with nicky nice as sky pilot

  • Fly High

    My reaction to the game: First of all it was one game, a working the kinks out game, so at largest, my reactions are a slight shift in perception. But with that caveat :
    *I think it slightly more possible that Nick Foles moving to the next level will be more bumpy than we thought. It seems possible that he doesn’t see quite well enough to get the ball out as quick as Chip (and he) would like to yet.
    * I think it is moderately likely that JM’s ascent to starhood will be bumpier and slower than we thought, and slightly possible that his ceiling is not as high as we thought
    * I think it is possible, that Barber will be a liability til Johnson comes back, especially if teams aim at him.
    * I think is more likely than before that Sanchez will be an adequate to strong back-up QB
    * I think it is more likely than before that Tucker is a contributor, maybe the #3 running back (if he does not have a fumbling problem)
    *I think it slightly more likely that our #2 OL is strong, and depth is not as much of an issue as we thought. I think their is a small possible that Tobin or Kelly or Gardner beats out Barber for RT for first 4 games.
    * I think it is moderately likely that B Allen is at least a quality back-up, and slightly likely that he is eventually our starting NT
    * I think it is somewhat likely that N Allen is actually better than last year, which along with Jenkins means we will have at least average safety play this year (that would be a big deal)
    * I think there is a possibility that Huff becomes a competent and dangerous KR
    * I think it is possibility that Henery has the kind of year, that means folks stop asking for his head on a platter
    * I think it is possible that the Kinne or Barkley question seems pretty relevant again.