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Quotes: Head Coach Chip Kelly

Posted Nov 13, 2013

How is it looking right now for Jason Peters and Mychal Kendricks?

COACH KELLY:  They're both day to day.  We'll get a chance to see what they're going to do today.  They're not full go.  We'll see how the week goes along.  We're hopeful.

Bradley Fletcher?

COACH KELLY:  Bradley is in the same boat as those guys.  He ran around a little bit yesterday.  We'll see what he can do and can't do.  He's practiced for the last couple of days.  It's just what can he get from a strength standpoint up top.  He can run and his legs are fine.  Pat Chung is full.

Do you have any specifics on Earl Wolff’s knee?

COACH KELLY:  I don't.  He is week‑to‑week.  When I talk to those guys I don't get specific because it doesn't matter if I'm specific or not specific, they just tell me how long he's out for, what plans we have to make.

It's been a while since you faced the Redskins.  How have they evolved the past nine weeks or so especially Robert Griffin III?

COACH KELLY:  Obviously when we played them the first time he was coming off the injury and didn't get any live reps in camp and getting ready for it.  So he's a lot different now.  Offensively I think they're in the top five or ten in the league in rushing and passing and total offense.

They're moving the ball really well.  They're kind of back to where they were last year.  So it's a big challenge for us.  He's running around a lot more.  And he's throwing the ball really well.  So we expect a little bit different look than we got the first game.

Last couple of years there's been a lot of question marks about the defense.  I know you weren't here for that.  Since that Denver game, you guys haven’t given up many points.  How proud are you the way they responded defensively and keeping the other teams under 21 points?

COACH KELLY:  14 of those points [in the Denver game] were given up on special teams.  We had a punt block for touchdown and kickoff return for touchdown.  But I think our defense just this year has improved on a weekly basis.  The more familiarity our coaches have with our players, our players have with our coaches, they keep going on a weekly basis, and we have improved.  And that's what we stressed since day one here.

We knew it wasn't going to be come in on day one and this is how it's going to be, whether it's offensively, defensively or special teams, but there's been a weekly improvement with them.  And I'm really happy with where they are now.  And I know we can get better.  I think they know they can get better.  And that's what we're working on every day in practice.

How much would you say your scheme and concepts on offense have changed from that week one game to where you are now?

COACH KELLY:  Not much from a scheme conceptual standpoint, we're going to add a formation here or tweak here.  But usually during the week we're tweaking things but we're not putting in brand new packages and saying, hey, we gotta do this against this team.  You just don't have enough time during the week to rep all that stuff.

Roc Carmichael isn't exactly long for an outside corner.  Why do you like him out there?

COACH KELLY:  We were down to four, so we didn't have a lot of choices.  You can't build them.  But the one thing I love about Roc, he's an unbelievable competitor.  From the first day he got here he's kind of shown up and he rises to the challenge that's presented to him.  Obviously we'd like all our corners to be 6'2" plus and long and that's the ideal world.  But that's not the makeup.  There's not a ton of them out there.

But what Roc does is he competes, and I think that was very evident when we first got here just from how he was playing on special teams.  And then when you start to get him out there on one‑on‑ones and seven‑on‑seven in practice, you watch him continue to compete against DeSean [Jackson] and Riley [Cooper] and watching him make plays and seeing him to continue to develop.

And I was really excited with how he played against Green Bay in his first start up there.  And it helps.  It helps because you're never going to make it through the season with everybody healthy.  When we lost [Bradley Fletcher] Fletch to have a guy like Roc available to us, I think it was a great addition for us.

Is that one of the reasons why you guys decided not to move Brandon Boykin outside?

COACH KELLY:  We talked about it.  Two totally different positions.  Playing the nickel corner and playing outside corner, it's like saying taking Connor Barwin and why doesn't he move to inside linebacker when Mychal Kendricks goes down.  They're inside and outside linebacker, two different positions.  Nickel corner and outside corner are two different positions.

With how you rep and practice it at this point in time it's really difficult to cross‑train guys at those situations.  And I think what you end up getting is you may lessen yourself playing a lesser guy but Roc's ability to come in and prove that he can play corner for us helped us so we didn't have to move Brandon.

If we move Brandon, we have a brand new nickel that hasn't played in there.  And we have to get a new guy in there.  Roc was the one who stood out in the secondary, warranted that playing game that he got on Sunday against Green Bay.

How difficult is it for you to bring in a player defensively, understand the team's concept at this time of the year?

COACH KELLY:  I think it's difficult no matter whether it's offense, defense, special teams, I think we were fortunate with Najee [Goode] and fortunate with Roc, is that we brought them along from a special teams standpoint and they weren't forced to play that first week.  He didn't play any corner the first week.

Najee didn't play linebacker the first week.  They kind of got an opportunity to get their feet underneath them and get an understanding what we're trying to do.  I think it's difficult no matter what side of the ball you bring them in.

Safety position would be difficult?

COACH KELLY:  I think every position is difficult.  It doesn't matter which one it is.  There's not one position that, hey, it's a lot easier to do this.

These guys have all been here a long, long time and understand.  And I think, as you look at it, it's difficult, to come in on a Tuesday for your first practice and be able to play in a game on a Sunday, I think it's a little bit easier sometimes offensively because you can call a specific play and say he knows these five plays, I can put him in and this is what we're doing.

I think it's a lot more difficult defensively because you don't know how they're going to deploy themselves and do you have to get to a no back check or do you have to get to a tackle overcheck and all the little subtleties our guys have been working on since they've been here in April.

Brad Smith, how quickly can you get him out there, what capacity?

COACH KELLY:  A lot.  The one thing about Brad that stuck out to us was that he's an outstanding special teams player.  So he can cover kickoffs.  He's returned kickoffs.  He's been on the punt team.  He's been on the punt rush team.  So he's a four corps special teams player.

And as we design this thing, we want our receivers, if you're not the starter, you need to be able to play special teams.  I think a prime example of that was Jeff Maehl on Sunday, he had two tackles and a penalty.

So if you're up and you're on the 46‑man active, you've got to be able to go.  I think if all of a sudden Roc gets pushed into taking more snaps at corner, we need somebody to pick up the slack on a special teams standpoint.

The fact that he has that versatility from he's not just a returner, he can play all four corps special teams and he can play receiver, he's played some emergency quarterback at times, he's played some running back at times, I think that versatility is a huge plus for him.

Where he fits in exactly this Sunday, I mean, we got him out here.  He literally walked in the bubble yesterday, I shook his hand and told him to run down on the kickoff right away.  I don't think he had a chance to stretch.  We'll see where he is and we'll make an educated decision as we get to Saturday, how much we can use him and can't use him.

At this point are you primarily staying with Brandon Boykin at kick returner?

COACH KELLY:  No.  It depends what's active, what's happens with the 46.  Situation of the game.  If Damaris [Johnson] is up, we'll alternate and use all those guys.  We're going to get a chance today to see Brad and see how he fits in as a returner.

We also can use Bryce [Brown] back there.  So really there's not a set guy.  It's a fluctuating situation.

Will Brad Smith take James Casey’s place is the emergency quarterback?

COACH KELLY:  No, I don't think we can put all that on his plate.  He's got to come in here learn four corps special teams and what we're doing offensively and then to now tell him he's got to learn multiple positions on offense.  Start him at receiver, hopefully as the season goes along maybe that's the case.  If we had to play today, that wouldn't be the case.

The offense had ups and downs through the season.  Given the last couple of weeks, do you think you're coming into your own a little bit, starting to feel on the same page?

COACH KELLY:  I think we're on the same page.  I just don't think we executed in certain games this year.  Again, it's what you can do the next day.

So you just can't say, hey, we started to execute, we're good; we need to continue to grow as a group.  And that's what those guys are doing.  We're not going to rest on anything.  We've still got a ton of work to do.

We left a lot of yards and points on the board on Sunday against Green Bay that we need to continue to capitalize on.  I think we're getting better but we're nowhere near where we need to be.

DeSean Jackson is having one of his better years of his career this year, what have you seen in terms of his approach that allows him to take off?

COACH KELLY:  I've seen the same thing since I got here in April.  He was here 30 out of 32 days in the off‑season, I think.  Works extremely hard at practice.  He's a very intelligent football player.  I don't think he gets enough credit for that.  He picks things up like that.  He can tell you it's coverage this, this, they're playing me this way.  He's leaning that way.  He's got a great football mind.

Since I've been here he's been an extremely hard worker.  He's been out there almost every single day practicing, barring one or two, and has put in his time, whether it's in the weight room, whether it's in the classroom or whether it's on the practice field.  So he's been fantastic since we've been here.  What's happening on the field in terms of on Sunday is a byproduct of what he's doing since I've been here off the field and I think he's doing a great job.

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