Yesterday's altercation in practice, was there a fallout from practice yesterday?
COACH KELLY: No. We went right back to team period right after that. Both those guys lined up and played. As a matter of fact, Mike [Vick] threw a ball deep to Riley [Cooper] on the first play of team period, and Cary [Williams] was covering him. I don't see a follow up, whatsoever.You benched
COACH KELLY: We told our guys before that. That was just an agreement I had with Coach [Bill] Belichick. We weren't going to put up with it when the two or our teams were practicing because of what we had to get accomplished.
We address that all the time in meetings, our coaches do in individual meetings, I talk about it in team meetings about making sure you play with emotion, don't let emotion play with you. You got two competitive guys. Squashed pretty quickly. We were out back quickly and were playing.
This is not the first time with Cary. Is it a problem?
COACH KELLY: No. We've talked to him about it. Hopefully he understands the ramifications, what it is. It's a team game. Like I said, our whole deal we talk about all the time, you have to play with emotion, not let emotion play with you.Did you happen to hear what Cary said to Riley at the time of the altercation?
COACH KELLY: No. No, I didn't. I mean, we’ve got music blaring. I didn't hear anything.There was a report he said the same racial slur Riley used back in June, did you know or hear that?
COACH KELLY: No, I didn't.
You don't think the two were connected?COACH KELLY: No. Do I think that was connected? No, not at all. What happened yesterday?
COACH KELLY: No. I don't, no.
No lingering feelings?
COACH KELLY: No, I don't.If Cary continues to have fights, whether it's with teammates or in games, will you eventually feel like you have to do something?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, we've talked about it with all of our players in terms of how they're supposed to behave on the practice field and game field.
It's still happening.COACH KELLY: I take every incident into account, how it happened, the whole thing.
Based on his history at Oregon, whether it’s a conscious effort on his part not to put much weight on the receiver position.
COACH KELLY: We don't actively go out and look for non‑dominant receivers.
Some teams have a number one receiver.COACH KELLY: We're an equal opportunity throw operation. If you're open, we're going to throw it to you. If we have players that are really good, Jeff [Maehl] was really good in 2010, we played to his strengths.
Part of what we do is try to tailor it. I've said this before, they keep looking at the numbers we had at Oregon. You look at it. We were up so much at halftime in 80% of our games, we didn't have to throw the ball nor did we throw the ball. That was a coach's decision. That wasn't a player's ability. Wasn't that I don't like to throw.
But when you look at everybody, they're a run‑happy team, but when you're winning 50‑3, we'll run the ball a little bit more.
Some of those numbers are skewed. We were a lot more balanced team in the first half of football games than I think people think. A lot of those times, we were up so we didn't.
I think it was tough. I think our receivers at Oregon understood it. You asked the question, would you rather be up 50‑3 or catch 15 balls in a game. I think everyone would tell you you'd rather be up 50‑3. I know it's not going to happen in this league because no one is up 50‑3 at halftime. I think you're going to see a lot more balance in terms of us running and throwing the football.
Some years you had the running backs catching, some years tight ends.
COACH KELLY: Again, those statistics are skewed because we may have called a couple halfback option routes in the first half and the second half we didn't throw the ball at all. That was me as a play caller. I have a lot of respect for who we play. When you're up 50‑3, you're throwing bombs on people, that's not the way the game is supposed to be played.
I squelched those numbers more than anything. It wasn't because we didn't have receivers. It wasn't by design in the game plan we weren't going to throw the ball to the receivers.
There were a couple games we scored so fast, it caught me by surprise. We're up 43‑7 with 11 minutes to go in the second quarter. You're like holy smokes. My thought process is making sure that our guys don't get hurt. I don't want to lose a guy when I'm up 40 on somebody because we have a big game or big opponent coming up next week. I was always cognizant there was another team out there. So we ran the ball a lot more. Our numbers in the passing game suffered a little bit because of that.
We never governed anything we did by statistics. I think sometimes when you delve into those, say this is what they are, that gets a little bit skewed. You really have to peel back the onion, so to speak, look at the reasons for. A lot of times the reasons were because we were up so much.
COACH KELLY: Yes. I think all of our receivers do. For us to have a real balanced attack, that's what you have to be able to do. You can’t be one way or the other. You can't throw the ball all the time because obviously the defensive coordinators, the defensive players in this league are too good at it. I think you need to be balanced, present approaches all the time.
We have the ability to run the ball. We have an outstanding offensive line, a couple really good running backs. We also can't say, hey, we're just going to run the ball, you can gang up on the run attack, you have to take advantage of what you do.
A lot of it becomes a chess match within the game. Are they taking away the pass game, you need to run the ball a little bit more. If they are taking away your run game, you need to throw the ball a little bit more.On whether
COACH KELLY: Brandon is out. He went to the doctor this morning. Brandon and Dennis are both out. Brandon will return to practice Tuesday, see where he fits back into the scheme. Brandon and Dennis are two guys that will be ruled out for Monday's game.
Has Cary Williams become a problem in the locker room at all?
COACH KELLY: No.What were some of the reasons initially why you signed Cary? What stood out?
COACH KELLY: Length. I thought we wanted to get bigger and taller at corner. His competitive edge. When you look at him, he's such a competitive person. He's always around the ball. I think he can make a lot of plays on the football. He gives you the ability to play some man coverage and blitz people because of his ability to play press.Did you take into account some of the issues he's had on and off the field?
COACH KELLY: I think we take everything into account when we look at everybody we evaluate as a potential Philadelphia Eagle. So yes.
Have you remained in touch with the coaches at Oregon?
COACH KELLY: I talk to the coaches a lot, mostly by text messages. I think the same thing that happened to me when I was out there. The three‑hour time difference will really screw you up. I think about calling them on my way into work, but it's 2 o'clock in the morning for them.
Exchange a lot of text messages with all those guys. Really close to the staff and players. I didn't get a chance to watch their game last week. I was in the office. That was cut‑down day. I was working in here. I didn't anticipate they were going to struggle in the opener.
I know they got a game on Saturday in Virginia. We'll be practicing. Hopefully maybe be able to catch the tail end of that. I'm a big Oregon fan, in case you guys didn't know.
COACH KELLY: I don't think they were testing Lane. I think that was just what they kind of do. [Jaguars DE] Jason [Babin] goes to the open side. If the tight end was on the left, you're going to get Jason. But I think Lane is going to get tested because he's young.
If you had your choice, who are you going to try to go against from a tackle perspective? Right now, you’ve got an all pro lining up at left tackle [and at right tackle] a very talented but still a rookie. I think all rookies in this league are going to be tested no matter what position you play.
So far in terms of what Lane has done, we've been really, really happy with him. I think the one thing with Lane that impresses us the most is you may beat him on a move, but you very rarely beat him on the same move twice. He does such a great job of making in‑game adjustments. You'll see he gave something up, whether Coach Stoutland is talking to him on the sideline, he just has a natural feel for it, which is really, for us, it's been a great thing because the one thing he lacked, we knew he had all the athletic ability in the world, was just the experience factor because he was so new to the position. Offensive line in general. He was a high school quarterback, tight end, defensive end. Really only had two years at the collegiate level there.
I think he knows he's going to get tested. I don't think in that particular game it was by design. Anytime someone does something to him, the great thing about Lane, he learns very quickly from it.
155 plays run last night between the Broncos and the Ravens. Is defense going to just become something quite different from what we've known before, teams scoring 40, 50? What do you see?
COACH KELLY: Well, first off, I saw three plays and fell asleep. I didn't see much of that particular game.
But I think everything, like anything, you can look at one game and try to extrapolate across the entire season. Billy [Davis] was in a game we talked about when [Arizona] played Green Bay in the playoff game. It was like a 50 [point] game. I've been there. I've been in some games, we played in the national championship game at Auburn, which was supposed to be one for the ages, set all sorts of offensive records. The final score was 22‑19.
I don't think with one game you can look at that. I think more people are running more up‑tempo. Obviously that's going to have some more plays run. But I don't see it as a huge ‑‑ I don't see this turning into the Arena League. I can tell you that. There's too many really good defensive football players and too many really good defensive coordinators for that to happen.
This week of preparation for the game, how does this compare or even differentiate from when you're preparing for a game at Oregon?
COACH KELLY: You know that's a good question, but it didn't ever change because our opener was always out of conference. It was always something new. My first year was Boise State, second year was LSU who we never played before. A lot of times it's more to that, to the out of conference games.
Once you got in season, got a chance to play Oregon State for the fourth time, Washington for the fourth time. I spent two years as a coordinator. You were familiar with them. It's more like getting ready for openers. Whoever we opened with every year was somebody we hadn't faced the year before. It was a different deal.
I think it's more similar to that, getting ready for an opener. You always have a little bit more time. You probably have a little bit more time to drive yourself crazy: What if they do this? If they do this, they can do this. Especially when you open late. If it was the first game, there's not as much. But you sit through a Thursday night, there will be some college games tonight, college games on Saturday. You sit around all day Sunday. You have to play again Monday. I think can you drive yourself crazy a little bit.
We focus on what we can control. That's how well we prepare. I think we've been really good so far. We still have today, tomorrow and Sunday to play. We still have three days of preparation.
Did you have to put some people on looking ahead?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, we do. That's where we have our advanced scouts. We're prepared. We spent some time in June doing that also.