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Don't expect to see Mark Sanchez against the Jets

Mark Sanchez of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up

Mark Sanchez of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 14, 2015 in Atlanta. Credit: Getty Images / Kevin C. Cox

Has Chip Kelly given any thought to starting Eagles backup quarterback Mark Sanchez against the Jets on Sunday?

"No," he said during a conference call on Wednesday morning. A few minutes later, Kelly was asked why.

"Excuse me?" he asked, sounding dumbfounded. "Because Sam Bradford is our starting quarterback."

The very next question was if there is any chance Sanchez will play.

"Are you Mark's agent?" Kelly responded.

No, it wasn't Sanchez's representatives. And barring injury, it's highly unlikely the former Jets quarterback will be under center for the Eagles this week. But when a team gets off to a disappointing 0-2 start -- following an offseason of unexpected and somewhat curious personnel changes, including a quarterback change -- questions about the backup quarterback will get asked.

Kelly's reeling Eagles offense, which generated just 21 yards of offense in the first half and 226 total in a 20-10 loss to the Cowboys last week, will face Todd Bowles' surging Jets defense, which has forced 10 turnovers in two games.

Kelly said the characteristics of Bowles' defense is that they attack protections, get to the quarterback and are always in position in the secondary.

"They are opportunistic on the defensive side of the ball," Kelly said. "They can cover very well on the back end obviously with [Antonio] Cromarite and [Darrelle] Revis. They generate a lot of pressure with their front."

The Jets' blitz-heavy defense could mean trouble for Bradford, who the Eagles acquired in a trade for Nick Foles in the offseason. Bradford has thrown four interceptions in two games, hence the Sanchez questioning.

The Eagles' other marquee offseason addition has yet to pan out, as well. Last season's rushing leader, DeMarco Murray, who the Eagles signed as a free agent after trading LeSean McCoy to the Bills, was limited to just two yards on 13 carries against his former team last week.

"We need to run the ball better," Kelly said. "Gain yards forward not backwards."

That could be difficult to do against a Jets team coming off a dominant defensive performance. Kelly was asked if he thinks the Eagles are catching them at the wrong time.

"I don't look at catching people at good times or bad times," Kelly said. "You have to be prepared because they're very talented over there....So, it doesn't matter if you play the Jets in game one or the Jets in game 16, they are going to be a good defensive football team."

A good defensive football team that will host an underperforming football team. How concerned is Kelly about the Eagles 0-2 start?

"We're always concerned about everything here, whether we start 0-2 or 2-0," he said. "I mean, you don't approach things any differently. We have to come back and go to work. You don't pat yourself on the back if you're 2-0 and you don't change everything if you are 0-2."

So, no Mark Sanchez.

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