Chip Kelly admitted he was wrong after Sunday's 33-30 loss when he said he couldn't call a timeout to re-insert quarterback Michael Vick late in the fourth quarter when the officials made VIck come out for a play. NFL rules say a player does not need to sit for a player if there's a charged timeout.
Had Kelly known the rule, he would have used a timeout and put Vick back into the game. Nick Foles threw an incomplete pass.
"That's on me," Kelly said. "I should have asked."
With the benefit of hindsight, Kelly would have used the clock more on the offense's final drive. The Eagles settled for a field goal to the the game at 30, and the Chargers drove downfield to take the lead with a field goal. If the Eagles scored a touchdown, San Diego would have needed a touchdown.
"We wanted to try to score a touchdown, go up four, and then make them have to drive the entire field at that point in time," Kelly said. "Obviously when you look back at it, we probably should have run the clock down."
There's one particular play that is up for debate in that drive. On a 1st-and-10 from the 14-yard line with 2:09 remaining, the Eagles passed the ball. They could have run the ball and taken the clock to the two-minute warning.
That's the play on which Vick was injured. Kelly said it was a designed roll-out.
There is an adjustment for Kelly from college to the NFL. After the first game, he acknowledged he must manage the lead better late.
I've made mistakes," Kelly said. "I think we've all made mistakes. That's what this game is all about. No one coaches a perfect game, no one plays a perfect game. But you've got to learn from those mistakes and hope that they don't happen again. We've been in these situations and say, hey, we've been in this before, what did we do in that situation, didn't work out for us, so next time when we come back, we don't want to do it again."