I’m not convinced Chip Kelly needs to see anything from Sam Bradford when he against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Hypothetically speaking, Chip is likely to tell the media that Sam completing every pass, making every read and avoiding all contact would be the picture perfect scenario. It would gain a few chuckles, anger a few others, and for the majority be the same “no answer to any question” entertainment that he provides on a weekly basis.
Sam Bradford is likely to see a maximum of three to four drives on Saturday night, and depending on what he shows and the length of any of those offensive series, his night could be cut shorter then what was originally anticipated.
Chip knew what he was getting in Bradford from a talent perspective; his challenge was going to be providing the right path to recovery. The upside to what Bradford offered trumped what Nick Foles could do.
Chip expects Bradford to make some of the throws that he was unable to complete against the Ravens. Chip knows the opportunity will come, time and time again to make those throws, and that the talent is there for more completions than incompletions.
It’s more about the comfort for the media and fan base to see Bradford play a specific amount of time against the Packers.
Chip has already seen what he needs to see. Yes, having the live game reps are important to him. Yes, the continuity to be formed with his teammates is necessary.
Chip already feels that Bradford has demonstrated that during team drills and his mental awareness throughout film sessions. The Packers game is just preseason game number three to the head coach, and number two for his starting quarterback.
How much does he really need to see from Sam Bradford? A lot less then what people want, and an exit before halftime on Saturday is the most likely of scenarios.