"It's a credit to those guys," head coach Chip Kelly said. "Really, Najee and Roc weren't here in the offseason, they weren't here in (Training) Camp. We acquired them in September, so to kind of see those guys get put in a situation that they did and respond, I thought Roc did an outstanding job out there, Najee played really, really well and should've had a pick-six. I think it speaks to our depth a little bit, we were tested. I think Allen (Barbre) played really, really well when he was in there. To have all those guys be able to contribute and step up is kind of what this league's all about because everybody's facing injuries at this point in time. You're ten weeks in and, really, your depth is going to be tested, but when we had an opportunity to get those guys in the game, I thought they responded really well. Hopefully we'll be getting the other guys back and it will add to the overall team itself."
Carmichael started for
"They feel like they're pretty good and they're ready to go," Kelly said. "It's the same thing (as before). We've dealt with it, that's why I'm not going to make statements because we thought (
Coming off his record-tying performance against the Oakland Raiders,
"I think Nick's really, really smart with the football," Kelly said. "Very rarely do you see Nick throw a ball where all of a sudden it's tipped or almost intercepted … He has a really good understanding of what we're doing, he doesn't really ever put the ball in harm's way. Most of the time, to his credit, he's going to the right spot where the (ball) should be. He does a good job protecting the football, especially when the pocket breaks down. A lot of times, that's where a play occurs where all of a sudden you're turning a bad play into a worse play. Sometimes the right thing to do is just pull (the ball) down and let's get the next snap off, and I think that's what he's done. He's a real, real good decision maker. Against, I've said it since day one, he's a better athlete than people think. He picked up a couple critical first downs for us in that football game because he can make good decisions. We're just really happy with how he's played the last two weeks.
"I think the thing with Nick is, he might not be fleet of foot, but he's fleet of mind. He's a really, really, really good decision maker. Part of being a guy that can distribute the football throwing the ball is the same exact situations in the run game – you have to be a good decision maker to know when to give it and know when to pull it. Not every play we call is a zone read play, but when they're called, he can be a factor and take advantage of what the defense is (doing). If they're going to all commit and try to take away the running back and no one's responsible for the quarterback, Nick has to make them pay and he's done that."
For the second straight week, the Foles-to-
"I don't think he struggled in his first five games getting open," Kelly said of Cooper. "He didn't have the ball thrown to him, but I don't think he was struggling getting open. When you watched the tape, he was open. I think we've got more time to throw, we're doing a better job with protection. I think the guy calling plays is calling better plays."
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