“I think that’s what Jason hopes to play,” Kelly told reporters. “With every guy we’ve talked about how we want to get them two quarters and then we’ll evaluate at halftime how many snaps did we get or not get. There is a certain amount of work that Jason needs to get it. He knows that. I love his mentality. If you ask Jason, he wants to play four quarters. That’s great, but we’ll monitor those guys no matter who it is at every position and see really, ‘How many snaps we’re getting. Are we getting enough work? Are we not getting enough work?’ because you have no idea going in.”
The point about the number of snaps is an important point, as Kelly’s offense works fast. “It’s about plays run,” Kelly explained. “I’ve heard the question about time of possession, but we’ve talked about it all the time. Time of possession is how much time can the other team waste. Most games we lose the time of possession, but it’s ‘how many snaps do you face?’ and I think in both games that we’ve played, we played more snaps than the other team. “We played a game against UCLA a couple of years ago and the time of possession was 40 to 20, they had 20 more minutes of time of possession and it was 73-71 snaps, so they had two more snaps. We won 60-13. So all I gathered was that they stand around a lot more than we do,” Kelly said.
“I think when people look at the time of possession and that’s what people look at automatically, it’s not time of possession, it’s plays run that I look at, because you’re not exerting any energy if you’re just standing in the huddle. Now if it’s drastically different and teams are snapping the ball and getting 80 snaps against our defense and we’re getting 50 snaps offensively, then it’s an issue.” As the first-team offense gets its most extensive work of the preseason on Saturday, it will be interesting to see how many plays the Eagles run. Kelly is not concerned with the team’s time of possession as much as the number of plays.
Many pundits have given the Philadelphia Eagles little chance to make any noise this year. Perhaps they’d forgotten the impact of a solid offensive line, and what that impact can mean to a team eager to generate positive momentum. Jason Peters is not entering the 2013 season with any hesitation or timidity. For the elite offensive left tackle, that is a very good sign for the Eagles.
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