Eagles coach Chip Kelly press conference transcript
Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with reporters on Wednesday ahead of Sunday's home opener against the San Diego Chargers. Here's a transcript of what Kelly had to say, courtesy of ASAP Sports:
If you were defending the Eagles this week, would you load up to stop the run?
Fortunately I don't have to, so I don't think of it that way. Did you know I was going to say that? I think the one thing about us offensively is we do have a very good running attack, you know, based on one game but we also have receivers and tight ends that you have to cover, too. So we understand how the game's going to be played, and if you're going to try to take away one aspect, then we have to be able to execute in another aspect.
Do you have a number or range you consider optimum for running backs or a preferred number of carries?
No, we don't talk about. Just how the game is going to express itself. We know we need to get other guys in there, but we've got to see Bryce [Brown] a little bit more, but we haven't talked about, 'Are there a certain number of carries for him?'
After a play, how you quickly do you have the play called and how quickly can you communicate that play call?
I can communicate it quickly. It just depends on the situation, though. We don't -- but we don't have in our minds like it has to be this or we're looking at the clock. We never look at the clock when we're calling plays right now. The only time we would look at the clock is if it was getting down in the play clock and we've got to get something in, and that's more of a four minute deal. But we don't have a set time or it's got to be snapped in this or it's got to be that. It's just what's the situation is.
But part of going fast [is that] you're obviously involved in communicating the play.
Yeah, I just don't have a number for you. So when you ask me how quick, I can't tell you 2.7 seconds. That's not how our minds work. It's not, we have to get this play in quick. We are not playing fast for the sake of playing fast. We are trying to make the appropriate call for down and distance to hash mark to the area on the field for what we are doing. I could call plays rapid fire, but if we are on the one yard line, I'm not going to call four verticals because there's only one yard to go. So you try and assimilate from where we are on the field, how far was the gain, it's third and receive on the left hash, and where we are in the process of in the game itself how we are going to call plays.
Do you have a group of plays that you plan to run at the beginning of the game?
No, we script all our situations. So we have first and second down calls, third and mediums, third and shorts, third and longs, red zone calls, coming out calls, so there's a situation within the game.
With a fourth down, is that all just based on odds and percentages or do you just go by instinct?
Just by the feel of the game. I've never dealt with the odds and the percentages and you get .21 if you go for it and the risk is 68 percent and your field goal kicker -- that's way too much math for me.
What about two point conversions? How do you decide?
We have a chart: where you are in the game, and do you need it, not need it, are you down one, does going up five doesn't help you or going up six does help you. So we work off of the two-point chart.
Asking about fourth down, is it important that whatever you has to come to you very quickly and decide, and is part of that not letting the defense think about what you're trying to think about? I'm saying -- just trying to run a play as fast as possible?
Because sometimes coaches take a timeout if they want fourth down --
No, we are always just taking the situation as it comes in the game. We don't go in saying, 'We have to call this fast or call that fast.'
Do you think it was advantageous that you had that fourth down call very quickly, and the Redskins have time to think about --
In the first drive?
Yeah, the first fourth down.
Yeah, we were successful so, it was advantageous. If we weren't advantageous, we would be having a conversation of did you go too fast calling the fourth down decision. In hindsight, you can always say yes or no. I think when people take time on fourth down and they don't convert it, everybody says the reason you didn't convert it is because you took time. If we had gone fast and didn't execute our blocks, then people would say, 'You didn't execute it because you went too fast.' A lot of times it comes down to, it's not how fast you do it or how slow you do it. You still have to block the people. It's still a game of fundamentals and do we do a good job of executing what we called better than they do a job of executing what they called.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said that you spoke to Michael Vick about not blocking. Did he mention -- someone mentioned to him and he said something like, 'I'm a football player, it's kind of hard for me not to do that kind of stuff.' So is this something you think is going to be a problem going forward?
No, I don't look at it as a problem. I think the one thing you know with Mike when you talk to him is Mike is honest. Just telling you in the course of the game, he just kind of reacted. All of a sudden he catches himself and there's a guy running with the ball and he jumps out in front of him.
I know we are not actively saying, 'Hey, we want the ball cut back and when the ball is cut back, you need to get out in front and go front up a defensive back.' I just think when you talk to Mike and when I talk to him, the same thing as his coach, I'm just reacting out there -- I see him carrying the ball, I just want to help.
Do you still give first teams snaps in practice to Nick Foles and if you do, how important do you think that is?
Does Nick get first team snaps? Yeah, in this case does get first team snaps.
How important do you think that is?
We hope it's important. You know, you've got to make sure that you get your twos some reps in there and same with our second offensive line and making sure that if Julian [Vandervelde] has to go in the game or [Matt] Tobin has to go in the game or Allen [Barbre] has to go in the game, now those guys get some reps. Now they get a lot of work when we are presenting the other team's look, you know, because for an offensive lineman, whether it's pass pro for us or pass pro being a San Diego Charger offensive lineman, it's still the same thing from a fundamental standpoint and Nick is getting a reps in that standpoint, too. But it's important to make sure all those guys get some reps.
Does he get one per period?
No, just depends how many reps do we get off in that period. Could be two, could be four, could be six.
Throughout the league, there have been more touchdowns and passing yards do you have any theory on why that is, and is it -- do you think the defenses will eventually catch up?
It was one week. That's my theory. And then next week, when there's three shutouts and no one scores, then the next question is going to be, the defenses have all caught up to the offenses after one week. I don't think you can gain any statistical trends or knowledge or help from one week. I just don't think there's enough information out there.
It's been said that sometimes home games are tougher than road games
Who said that?
I'm just saying, it's been said.
I know, it's been said. I don't know. I've always wondered that, when people say, like who are those people that said that, and is there a bunch of them that just sit [in] that room and say, 'Hey, let's throw a lot of crap out there and see if they can talk about it.'
Frank and Joe.
Frank and Joe, those sons of guns.
They said home games can be more difficult in terms of focus, just in terms of, you know, getting a team prepared, because you're in an atmosphere where you might be more relaxed, all that kind of stuff. Aside from not getting on a plane or a train or a bus, is there anything that you do differently in terms of preparation for the team, for a home game versus a road game and what's your philosophy? Is it sometimes more difficult to focus at home?
No. Tim and Bob told me -- (Laughter) -- that it's a lot tougher to focus when the opponent is better, because usually that's when you lose, and usually we try to blame it on, was there a distraction, was it a home game, was it an away game.
One thing we try to do is be very consistent in our approach. We meet at the same time and make sure everything is pretty consistent where we are. We go to a hotel when we are at home so we go to a hotel when we are away. Our meetings will be the same exact time for the San Diego game as they were for the Washington game. The only difference is that on the day of the game, because we are not playing at 7:00 at night or 7:10, whatever our kick was, we are playing at 1:00, our schedule is accordingly.
But it's the same thing. We eat four hours pregame. We have mass and chapel four and a half hours before the pregame. The first bus leaves from the hotel at the same time. So there's a consistency in our approach, and I think that's what most teams do. That's not a revolutionary concept. I think everybody tries to kind of keep them and get them into that same mentality and manner.
You said after the game in Washington that you like the road atmosphere and it was something you embrace, when asked how it was. So that being said, how are you looking forward to your experience in your home stadium and what do you think the crowd is going to bring to this game?
From what I anticipate, from the Philadelphia fans, I know it's going to be -- just the one thing that was amazing to me was to hear the Philadelphia fans chanting 'defense' when we were at Washington in that fourth quarter. That part's going to be exciting. I think, it doesn't mean that one's better or different than the other. There's something about being out in a hostile environment that you can kind of wrap your arms around, but if I had my choice, I would rather play every game at home.
On offense, what dictates substitutions on offense?
A million different things.
Can you give me one or two?
He's tired. I mean, or we got a new play called, so we want four receivers in the game, as opposed to three receivers in the game. Or we've got a situation where we want to run a certain package and we only ran it with this player so, there's a lot of different things that go into, when do we change personnel, when do we change individual players. Sometimes we are changing an entire group. Sometimes we are changing what our presentation. Is we can go from 11-personnel to 11-personnel but we wanted to get a certain player in, so there's a million different that go into that whole aspect.
Do you know if there's a cottage industry on [the] Internet of breaking down your offense? Do you know of that?
I don't even know -- a cottage, like where you go to the beach? I'm confused.
A lot of people like to look at your offense and try and dissect it and figure out --
The only people I'm worried about dissecting our offense is the Chargers.
You know of that?
I know people talk about what we do, but it's not just us. I think there's a lot of really -- I think there's a lot of football fans out there that dissect a lot of different things, and I think that's fun. It's great. It means there's enthusiasm and people understand -- not understand it, but people loving the game of football and kind of doing research of it. There's a group of coaches that are still dedicated towards the single wing and they have clinics all over the place where they sit down and talk about that offense. That part intrigues me, the X&O part of it. I don't know where you're going with the question.
Just because you've come to the NFL, it seems like there's a lot more of that going on, and people are kind of excited about it. Just wondering if you know of it and have to hear about it and make anything of it or think that they are wrong. Do they have any incorrect understanding of it?
I don't have any time to -- I know people dissect it but I don't have any time to figure out if Joe Anderson's thought process on what we did on third and long, what it is, but if it's right, we may call him. If we get a number, maybe we can talk to those guys.
The sustainability with this team, whether you can go at a fast pace for 16 games without getting worn down. Curious what your experience was at Oregon towards the end of the season with your teams with that respect and whether the extra four presents any challenge?
No, I think our teams were always the freshest teams when we played by and large. When we prepared, we had a weekly schedule that we followed almost religiously in terms of when to work and when to recover and whatnot. So we have a plan in place that we put in place in April that's built for the long haul.
Do you have an update on Bradley Fletcher, his chances of playing?
No, I haven't heard anything yet. That's an ongoing process, especially with an injury such as Fletch's. That's all in the doctor's hands and there's also an independent that will see him, and if they say he can play, then we'll make some decisions as a coaching staff on where he is. But we still have got three training sessions, we have Thursday, we have Friday, and we have Saturday before we get into that final information in terms of who is going to be available on Sunday.
Is he practicing?
No, I don't think he's practicing today.