Eagles head coach Chip Kelly met with the media on Monday afternoon, a day after beating the New York Giants, 27-0.
Here's the full transcript:
Q. What can you tell us about RB Darren Sproles?
COACH KELLY: He has a spruise (laughter). Right, [Philadelphia Daily News reporter] Les [Bowen]? You like that?
Q. What grade spruise is it?
COACH KELLY: It's a 31, a 31 spruise (laughter). No, he's got an MCL sprain, so we'll see how long it's going to be. It could be a week or two. Could be back after. We have a week off, so he'll get treatment and we'll assess him when we get back next Tuesday.
Q. Is this a sprained MCL?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, from what I understand. Obviously, [G] Evan [Mathis] was out for eight weeks, so it didn't sound like it was going to be that long.
Q. Any kind of sigh of relief that it's not worse?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, I didn't think it was worse, so there was no relief from there. I talked to Darren after the game, and he didn't seem like it was anything big after the game. He was walking fine and there was really no swelling last night, so I wasn't as concerned as maybe some other people were.
Q. As far as depth in that position, do you wait until the players come back or do you think he should make a move?
COACH KELLY: Just said he's only out for like a week.
Q. But you only have one healthy guy?
COACH KELLY: But we're not playing a game.
Q. That's the question.
COACH KELLY: No, we will not make any moves during our bye week to solidify our team for the bye.
Q. How did TE Trey Burton look during his five carries in the game?
COACH KELLY: Trey did a decent job. Obviously everybody in the stadium knew we were trying to run the clock out and work the clock a little bit. But he did a good job. He's got a good feel for running the football. He did a lot of it when he was in college. They played him all over the place in Florida. He was a quarterback, receiver, tight end. He can move with the ball in his hands so, I think he's got a decent feel. It's just a matter of getting him experience. Obviously, first time out in live action. But I think for the first time out there he was good.
Q. Do you think Sproles has a shot to play Arizona?
COACH KELLY: I didn't say anything like that. I just know we don't have a game this week. We're not going to make any maneuvers this week, and we'll see what happens when we get back next week.
Q. Due to injuries, you get contributions from guys like C David Molk, G Matt Tobin, LB Emmanuel Acho, LB Casey Matthews, DE Brandon Bair and Burton. Guys who weren’t projected to get a lot of snaps. Talk about that whole depth thing.
COACH KELLY: I think it's a product of how we train. We really spend a lot of time getting our twos and threes reps in the off‑season and during preseason camp. Then they get extended play during those preseason games. So I think they're benefiting from that, because obviously you're not going to make it through an entire season where everybody just has your ones play. So we continue to always try to mine that depth, develop that depth, and bring that along. Always teach those guys or try to get those guys to understand that you are literally a play way. It's not a cliché. I think the guys have taken advantage of it and really made their reps count when they were in there. And really train like they were going to be starters and when they get their opportunity to become a starter, take it and run with it. I think we're getting really good contributions from those guys. That's what you need to have to be a really good football team. You need to have really good depth.
Q. Does a guy like Burton see it slipping in?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, I don't think it's a sell job. Obviously, if you're a number two, you want to be a number one, you better train like you're a number one. When you get your opportunity, you better take advantage of it. I think guys like Casey Matthews – in the last couple games has played really well for us. Guys like that have really stepped up and taken advantage of their opportunities when they've come.
Q. You talked about learning how to finish games. I know this is just one, but a big step with a team with a big lead?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, we'll see. It's something to build upon. We'll talk about it when we get back and sit down with them on film next week about the positives we can build upon from that game. There are also some negatives we need to clean up, and they know that. Didn't play a perfect game, but we played a better total four quarters. It wasn't as many. In other games, and I said it last night, I think we did things in spurts and did things on a more consistent basis. You know, to win in this league, it's about consistency. We're moving in that direction.
Q. Do you see a guy like DE Vinny Curry being really comfortable in his role that he plays like 30% of the snaps, but he's got four sacks?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, he's got a defined role, and I think Vinny really relishes that role and knows exactly what he's doing when he goes in there.
Q. When you play certain players, a lot of times you mention how selfless they are. I was wondering what that entails exactly and your definition of it?
COACH KELLY: I think always putting the goal of the team win ahead of anything. That's really the most important thing about being a selfless player. I alluded to the point about Brent Celek last night. You just watch what he did in the Detroit Lions game last year. How many people in that situation would give up running it in for a touchdown? But understanding not running it in for a touchdown is better for the greater good. I think that's the type of players. Are you the type of guy that's just a great two‑gap run stopper and does an unbelievable job? You don't get the statistics that may show up sometimes and everybody says well, ‘Geez, he didn't have a good game because he didn't have a sack.’ But he literally controlled the line of scrimmage, and did an unbelievable job. Sometimes being a great two‑gapper allows the linebacker to make the tackle. But you don't get credit for that. Are you in it to get individual creditor are you in it to win the game? The more people you have like that, the better off you'll be as a team overall.
Q. Are you rushing LB Connor Barwin more than you did in 2013?
COACH KELLY: I don't have those stats. I couldn’t answer that. I don't think it's a drastic change, but I couldn't tell you specifically.
Q. As a pass rusher, what does he offer in that role?
COACH KELLY: I think he's smart. He has an understanding of who he's going against and he spends a lot of time in his preparation in terms of what he's trying to get accomplished against certain individual players and those individual matchups. He's also a very good athlete, so he can have more than one maneuver. Some guys are limited because of their athletic ability that they only can kind of have one go‑to move. If it stops, they can't counter off of it. I think he's developed his repertoire and he’s really worked at it, and he's relentless. So I think he'll continue to fight and scratch and claw, and try to find his way to the quarterback, especially when there are a couple situations [like] last night where the coverage, I think, really helped the sack because [Giants QB] Eli [Manning] didn't have anywhere to go with the ball. So when he got to the top of his drop, we were covered. As he held on to the ball longer and longer, then Connor develops and maybe hits a counter moves and gets to the quarterback.
Q. TE James Casey has had around 37 snaps over the last two weeks. How instrumental is he in terms of you guys running the ball more effectively?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, he's huge. I think James is one of those other selfless guys. A four-core special teams player for us. He wears a lot of different hats on the offensive side of the ball and does a lot of different things for us. But he's integral in terms of what we're trying to do to establish our offense right now.
Q. It was about this time of year last year when the defense started playing better after the Denver game. Obviously it's only one game, but what is it about defensive coordinator Bill Davis that allows him to make in‑season adjustments like he has or stay the course in some cases too and trust those guys to get better? It just seems that you guys kind of trending two years in a row.
COACH KELLY: Yeah, I think it's more stay the course. I said it last night, we're not scheme operation. We're not going to change our scheme from one week to another and say, ‘Hey, this didn't work, let's try this. The 3‑4 didn't work, let's be a 4‑3 team, or if we're not a 4‑3 team, then let's be a 3‑3 team.’ I think we continue to develop our players, and as Billy says, and I like the term, ‘We grow our players.’
I've seen us get better. That's one positive where we are right now. We weren't in this situation last year, but I saw us get better. We were 7-1 down the stretch [and] we were a better football team at the end of the year than we were at the beginning of the year. I hope that holds true now, because I think we're moving in a positive direction right now.
Q. Were you able to see some of those positives, even in that Rams game, despite the score? Because last year Bill Davis was saying, around this time, ‘What you're seeing now in Denver, I'm seeing a defense getting better.’
COACH KELLY: Yeah, I've seen that in every game we've played.
Q. Getting back to the coverage, it seemed like the defense was able to do a good job of obscuring the initial passing lanes that Manning liked to go to. How is that accomplished? Do you do percentages of, ‘He likes these passing lanes on his first read?’ Do you break it down like that?
COACH KELLY: I think there is a lot of scouting that is involved in terms of putting together your defensive game plan. Obviously, you always want to take away what their top route combinations are and [find out] what coverages give you the best opportunity to take those route combinations away. So I thought our guys ‑‑ our defensive staff -- put together a really good plan. The big thing is, and I said it last night and I'll say it again today, our players went out and executed. That is the biggest thing, when you can see the plan going from just a plan to [when] it’s implemented in action. I think our players executed. We got a lot of sacks, but a lot of those sacks [occurred because] I thought we did a really good job in coverage last night.
Q. Do the runs under center make it more difficult for the defense to diagnose which way the plays are going? Why did we see more of those yesterday than in previous weeks?
COACH KELLY: I don't know. You'd have to ask the defensive people that. But I think there are some things from an angle insertion point that we wanted to get accomplished with the running backs. So we were a little bit more under center. But it's no different than being in the pistol.
Q. You've had success running on the edges too. Is that just something you saw and took advantage of with the Giants?
COACH KELLY: No, I think we did a better job of blocking on the perimeter. I thought our receivers did a better job this week. That's where there wasn't a really big panic. We were just one or two guys away. The play’s blocked up well, but the tackle misses his block. The play's blocked up well, but then the wide receiver in the slot misses his block. Or the play's blocked up well but the center [misses]. It was more [that] everybody was on the same page. Everybody executed at the same time. I've said all along, it takes 11 guys to run the football. It takes the quarterback carrying out fakes. It takes the receivers blocking on the perimeter. It takes really good tight end play, which we've had. It's everybody. I think there is a little more continuity. The same guys are playing, but we did a better job. We've gotten the ball on the perimeter before in early weeks, but I don't know if we blocked it well on the perimeter. I think we blocked it better on the perimeter.
Q. A couple of your linemen said last week that one of the things they miss with C Jason Kelce out is the communication and it was something that they were working on. Did you see that at a higher level last night? Was that a factor?
COACH KELLY: No, I think David [Molk] has done a good job, but David just hasn't been Jason. Jason is truly the quarterback up there. It's like when you lose a [LB] DeMeco [Ryans] on the defensive side of the ball. You've got a guy who has a really high football IQ in Jason, and David is just getting a little bit more comfortable in it. But I think he's actually communicated well. I don't think it had been an issue. It was just more of everybody getting on the same page. But it wasn't a communication issue. It was more of guys just being familiar and almost [understanding] that, ‘We have a combination block, but I know you're working off of it because of where the linebacker is set. You can't really talk about it. You have to get a feel for that. With [G/T] Todd Herremans being next to [T] Lane [Johnson], they’ve be together a lot since last year, they've gotten a couple weeks in now. Tobin next to [T] Jason [Peters] for the second week in a row, and Molk in there at center. It’s just guys being more familiar and more comfortable with each other.
Q. Can a group be better for having gone through something like this? Can that offensive line group be better for having to deal with this?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, I think that happens anywhere when you find out you have depth and can develop depth. Nobody's rooting for it. Obviously, you don't want anybody to go down, but when you also know you're getting Jason Kelce back and you’re getting Mathis back, and then the fact that David Molk has played well [and] Tobin has played well, you just feel better about your depth going forward. If you do sustain an injury, again, maybe when they come back, someone else gets hurt. It's not whoever went in the game, their first time going in the game. You get a little more experience.
Q. With all the chatter about how this team was 4‑1 before last night, how do you explain to people that you're 5‑1? It was not just ‘Joe Fan’ out there, but football people also questioned how you have this record. How do you explain that you have this record now?
COACH KELLY: We don't have to explain. You are what you are.
Q. I'm asking you the question.
COACH KELLY: I don't care. I don't have anything to explain to anybody. I don't worry about that. We don't go in after a game and say, ‘Okay, let's tell everybody the reason why. It’s that we're 5‑1. That's it. Doesn't matter. You don’t have to explain it to anybody, your record is what it is. You look at the standings and that's your record. We don't pay attention to it. There is noise out there that when you spend time on it you're wasting time that you should be devoting towards developing a game plan for the Arizona Cardinals.
Q. In the bye week last year, you practiced on Tuesday. Why did you change the schedule?
COACH KELLY: I don't think we did, to be honest with you. I'd have to double check that. I know we brought them in, but I don't think we really practiced. I’d have to double check. I'm not sure. We felt this bye week, for where it fit, it's exactly at the halfway point. We played four preseason games and six regular season games, that's 10. We've got 10 to go. We're halfway through the season.
This had been planned even last June when I sat down and made the schedule for the entire year, we had planned on going on this schedule.
Q. WR Riley Cooper caught several passes over the middle. Do you guys see something there? Is he running more routes across the middle?
COACH KELLY: No, same things we were doing. Just depending on how they defended your progression. Lot of times, Coop was the fifth guy in that progression but [QB] Nick [Foles] got back to him because they may have been pushing the coverage over to the front side. A lot of times he was the backside receiver and Nick got back to him because things were covered on the front side.
Q. CB Cary Williams and CB Bradley Fletcher took a lot of heat the last few weeks. But they had three really good quarters against the Rams and played really well last night. What, if anything, has been the difference for them?
COACH KELLY: Again, we don't pay attention to the heat. There is no reason to. It doesn't make you a better player. It could make you a worse player, to be honest with you. One thing we try to do is tune that out. As a coaching staff we've been very, very comfortable with Cary and Fletch, and I thought they played very well again.
The only guys they've got to please are the guys in this building, and I think they're doing a really good job, both those guys, and I'm happy we got both of them.
Q. Do you think it was the patience that you and defensive coordinator Bill Davis have shown that has manifested itself on defense?
COACH KELLY: No, I think a lot of times you guys are wrong. Seriously, that's what I really think. When we start listening to people outside of here, we're going to be in trouble, then we would be wrong. I think those guys have played really, really well.
Q. You used WR Jeremy Maclin to return punts at the end of the game when Sproles went out. How are you going to replace him Sunday?
COACH KELLY: No, at the end of the game, safest guy, Mac's done it a ton, go in there and catch the ball. If there was anything long‑term, we'd take a real good hard look at it, but I don't think it's anything long‑term. We have a lot of guys back there. [WR] Jordan [Matthews'] been back there, Coop's been back there, [WR] Josh Huff's has been back there, [WR] Jeff Maehl's been back there. We have a lot of guys that can return punts.
Q. Anybody right now that you think would be that guy?
COACH KELLY: Josh Huff, Coop, Maehl, Maclin, that whole group.
Q. What happened on the Huff reverse?
COACH KELLY: Ball hit Darren in the elbow when he flipped it.
Q. The Giants stacked the box more than your previous opponents who seemed to have success shutting down your run game --
COACH KELLY: They really didn't.
Q. Were you surprised by that?
COACH KELLY: Our box has not been very light since we've been here, I can tell you that, except for probably San Francisco. Everybody else has been playing a single high safety, eight-man front against us. That's been commonplace since all last year and this year. It's just we blocked it better. It wasn't anything more than we executed and did a good job by staying on our blocks, getting on guys, and then LeSean did a really good job of when an unblocked guy was there, he knew where the unblocked guy was and he made him miss. Got it to the perimeter. He made one big one on the safety with the quick in and out, which he can do. But the looks we got from the Giants were similar to the looks we got in the first two games we played with the Giants last year, and similar to most of the looks we've seen this year. The only team that played us a little differently, and I think rightly so with their personnel, was San Francisco played a little more two high in the zone because their front seven I thought could do a really good job against us.
Q. You mentioned the outside noise. Media is obviously growing, and there is a lot more of that going on. What do you tell the players that you do notice that maybe they're listening to it and letting it affect their play?
COACH KELLY: I say praise and blame is all the same. If you let outside noise affect you, then that means you value their opinion more than you value your own opinion. If that's the case, then your life is going to be just like this every single day. Someone said something good about me. I feel good about myself. Someone said something bad about me. I feel crappy about myself. If that's the way you want to live your life, then hang around with really good people because if not you're going to have a tough day. It's not easy. It's easier said than done, and everybody understands that. But you really, truly have to do that. You really, truly, I think when you put enough time and preparation in, then that's the confidence that you get. You don't get confidence because someone you don't even know said you had a good day or you look good or you feel good or whatever. I mean, that's really a tough thing to start to learn and develop over time. But I think our guys pretty much have a good amount of confidence in themselves as a group. You're going to have good days, you're going to have bad days. We had a really good day yesterday. That doesn't mean anything more than we had a good day yesterday. We need to continue to have really good weeks of preparation, and the real good weeks of preparation allow us to have confidence going into the game.
Q. In your experience, is disparity in penalties in the game an indicator of execution or talent?
COACH KELLY: I think execution and effort has something to do with penalties. I don't know where talent ever has anything to do with penalties. I just think sometimes you get an opportunity, and I think we talk about it, and we try to teach it and coach it about those self‑inflicted wounds of stopping ourselves. I thought we did a good job of it. They obviously had more penalties, especially early, than we did. But also it seems like a lot that has to do with home field too. I think our crowd had a lot to do with some of those penalties that were induced on their side whether it be the illegal procedures and just the things like that. That's the inherent nature of being the home team or away team in this league.
Q. As you met with the team today, what was the message?
COACH KELLY: We had to get a good photo which was first and foremost. We set a record: four minutes and 40 seconds. We got everybody, the entire team, every position group, the coaches and training staff done in four minutes and 40 seconds. Literally, it was the most effective, I'm not even joking, it was the most efficient photo I've ever seen. Our guys were. They were dressed. There were guys dressed in full uniform. We had our meeting at 9:30. They were ready to go. They knew what we wanted to get done. We started at 10:00, and 10:04:40, we were done with everything which is awesome.
Q. You even do photography in tempo?
COACH KELLY: It was tempo. It was as good as tempo. And I would challenge anybody. I'm talking we got our team photo done. We got individual position coaches and players done at their positions. We got our coaching staff photo done, and our training staff photo done in four minutes and 40 seconds. It was awesome.
Q. They had the cameras set?
COACH KELLY: They were set. Everything was going. We had to coach the photographers a little bit, because they wanted to get ‑‑ one of the guys thought he was Ansel Adams. We said, ‘Let's get this thing taken and let's go.’ You know what I mean? It's not like it's going to be hanging in the Philadelphia Museum of Art or anything. It's going to go in someone's office somewhere, so let's just get it done.
Q. So after the photo, what was the message?
COACH KELLY: Just we've got a good start, but we need to continue. Take this time this week you have off and just kind of get away and eliminate the stress in your life. Relax, spend some time with your family, enjoy your couple days off. They’re required to get two workouts in while they’re away. We gave a strength and conditioning presentation to them in terms of what we wanted to get accomplished. And [strength and conditioning coach] Josh [Hingst] and [sports science coordinator] Shaun [Huls] talked to them about what we wanted to get from a strength and conditioning standpoint, and we'll see them on Tuesday.
Q. Is there any concern with them being away for a week for the first time since the summer?
COACH KELLY: With this group? I have no concerns with these guys at all.