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Chip: Fletcher concussed, offense was too slow

Chip Kelly's day-after news conference included the news that corner Bradley Fletcher suffered a concussion Monday night.

Chip: Fletcher concussed, offense was too slow

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.  (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Chip Kelly met with reporters under a NovaCare tent, which seemed more appropriate than ever, on the day after the NFL went to the circus.

Kelly said he thought his offense was too slow early, when it ran 30 first-quarter plays. He had to clarify that he wasn't kidding; Kelly said missed passes and delays getting the ball to the officials to set it wasted time.

Kelly also said Eagles starting corner Bradley Fletcher suffered a concussion in the 33-27 Monday night victory over the host Redskins. Fletcher would seem unlikely to play Sunday when Kelly makes his home debut at Lincoln Financial Field against the San Diego Chargers. The Eagles have re-signed Brandon Hughes, who is scheduled to practice Wednesday.

Like many of you, Kelly winced when Michael Vick took hits to the ribs and kidneys after sliding down headfirst. But he feels he has to live with it. "I don't think, at 33, we're going to get him to hook slide," Kelly said. "We can talk about it and wish for it ... I don't see that happening."

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He said he does plan to tell Vick to cut out the downfield blocking on screens.

One thing that made Monday night's game close was that the Eagles quite naturally stopped playing hurryup with a 33-7 lead, trying to milk the clock. Their momentum dissipated.

"Part of what we do, and our success, is that we get into a rhythm," Kelly said. "It's not as much taking your foot off the gas from the standpoint of the tempo you play at (that causes the offense to stall), it's just maybe play selection, some of those other things ... You don't want to go three-and-out and just take 20 seconds off the clock. It's a fine line. It's something, as I get a better feel for our guys, and they get a better feel for us, it's something you're always going to continually work on. Four-minute offense, so to speak, is just as important as two-minute offense.

"You do everything 90 miles an hour, now you've got to get back to driving through the city streets, you can't drive 90 miles an hour,. You have to settle down and make sure you can still negotiate the car. That's just a work in progress."

Other Chipper observations:

*"I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said when asked about the first quarter. "We put the ball on the ground too much, we didn't get the ball to the officials, we could have sped things up. ... That's something we need to continue to work on."

*"When you're gonna play that many snaps, you need to make sure you don't run your own team into the ground," said Kelly, who felt he needed to find more carries for Bryce Brown, and get Chris Polk into the game. Kelly also referenced rotating his wideouts more. "There was a few times in the first half they didn't WANT to come out, but they've got to understand, if we're going to get that many snaps, we need to make sure we manage it so that if we're in the fourth quarter, we're fresher."

*That having been said, Kelly said he has no doubt the Eagles can play at this pace all season.

*On Vick's touchdown run, in which every Redskin except rookie safety Baccari Rambo followed a fake handoff to LeSean McCoy, Kelly said: "We were taking advantage of their pursuit. At that point, the way our running backs were running the ball, I would be pursuing, too."

*James Casey's lack of involvement in the offense boiled down to this not being much of a three-tight-end type of game, Kelly indicated. Clearly, Brent Celek and Zach Eertz are the two top TEs. Worth noting that the Eagles didn't know they were going to end up drafting Ertz when they signed Casey to a three-year, $12 million free agent deal.

 

 

 

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