Safety Malcolm Jenkins’ Monday comments that there is a lack of accountability in the Eagles’ locker room still were reverberating Wednesday as coach Chip Kelly met for 11 minutes with the media before practice.
Jenkins said the fact that the Eagles make all of their corrections in position meetings is not as effective as making them in a team setting. Kelly clearly disagreed.
"That’s what we do every day," he said. "When we meet individually and in position meetings, we’ll go over every single play that was run against us in the past game.
"So, the first thing we do when we get back on Tuesday is we address the game we just played. We go over that in detail in each position group."
Jenkins’ point was that he feels calling out players in a team setting creates more accountability than doing it in a small group.
"Why don’t I do that?" Kelly said. "Because my right guard doesn’t really care what our free safety does. So it’s not really efficient for Matt Tobin to listen what the instruction is going on with the free safety.
"When you want to get detailed in terms of making corrections, it needs to be done in the position group. Because those guys are paying attention to what goes on at their position.
"In this sport, more than any other sport, it’s very not related. What goes on for an offensive lineman is totally different than what goes on for a defensive back."
Kelly said he doesn’t agree with Jenkins’ contention that it creates more accountability when a player is getting called out in front of the entire team or the entire offense or defense, rather than just his position group.
"I don’t buy that," he said. "I think (defensive backs coach) Cory (Undlin) does a great of calling out our guys in the DB room. And not really calling them out. Instructing them in what they did right and did wrong.
"If you need to get called out in front of a (big) group, then you’re not getting things accomplished in your individual position meeting. And that’s not the case."
Kelly said the way the Eagles operate is similar to what offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur did in Cleveland and what defensive coordinator Bill Davis did when he was defensive coordinator in Arizona and San Francisco. He said it’s similar to the way Andy Reid operated when he was the Eagles’ head coach.
"I think everybody should worry about their job," Kelly said, "and doing their job rather than saying, ‘I’m not doing this, but how come this guy’s not doing this?’ That’s when you get into finger-pointing. That’s not conducive to being successful.
"I think everybody needs instruction; everybody needs help. And I think the more you can get specific with the individual player, the better. To be in a group setting and say I think the left tackle made a mistake here and I want everybody in the room to know that, that doesn’t help the right corner. The right corner is going to say, ‘I’m worried about playing press-man (coverage). Why am I listening to what’s going on with the pass rush? "’
In other news, quarterback Sam Bradford practiced Wednesday, though Kelly wasn’t yet ready to say Bradford's injured shoulder is well enough to allow him to play Sunday against the Patriots.
"It was just good to see him get back on the field and throw the ball," Kelly said. "The thing that we’ll see is, can he, are there residual effects of him throwing? Where is the soreness level and things like that? We’ll find that out a little bit more today. It gets bigger as the week goes on."
Running back Ryan Mathews, who has missed the last two games because of a concussion, wasn’t at practice Wednesday, which means he still hasn’t been cleared. Safety Walter Thurmond and defensive end Cedric Thornton also didn’t practice.