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Game Vs. Colts: HC Chip Kelly

The following quotes were recorded from Eagles head coach Chip Kelly following the Eagles' 36-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts:

RB DeMarco Murray, you decided to hold him back?

COACH KELLY: Yeah, we knew we were going to go out and try to work him out a little pregame and get ready to go play the Ravens.  A couple guys we kept out like that.

Is keeping Murray out still your call?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, he's fine.  He should be going on Tuesday.

Would your explanation for holding back Murray be the same as the one you gave for holding QB Sam Bradford back?

COACH KELLY:  You can write whatever you want.  I really don't care what you guys write to be honest with you.

Just wondering why Murray isn't playing?

COACH KELLY:  Because I said I held him back.  I just answered that question.

A lot of your rookies and first‑year guys showed up today. LB Jordan Hicks had a nice block on the punt return.  Can you talk about the contribution you might see from the rookies this season? In the previous two years, we didn't see a whole lot from those younger guys.

COACH KELLY:  The one thing you don't know about any of those guys is what are they going to be like until you get them into a game and that's the encouraging thing.  Sometimes the guys stand out in practice. That's been history and all of a sudden you get in the game and they are not the same player, and then other guys that were not so good standing out in practice, stand out in the game.

Before getting a chance to look at the film, some of those guys, I thought, really stepped up and made some plays. DB Eric Rowe had a big fumble caused on one of those receptions on the crossing route, came in from behind and did a great job of stripping him.  Nelson [WR Nelson Agholor] made a big catch on their bench and turned it into a touchdown and then had another catch.

We are excited about those guys.  It's just one step for us, but we feel like we've got a lot of really good film to teach off of with officials, legitimate down and distance, all those things; a lot of good situations that we can get in the meeting room with those guys when they come back on Tuesday and really start to grow this team.

What do you look for most when you look at the tape of the starting secondary? They gave up two third-and-long conversions --

COACH KELLY:  It's everything, and again, it's not just the secondary: it's what type of rush did we have and did we generate rush on them on those plays? There are a lot of different combinations when it comes to pass defense, but we'll look at everything.

It looked like QB Matt Barkley got rid of the ball really quickly and QB Tim Tebow ran for a touchdown.  Is there one particular set of skills that you --

COACH KELLY:  No, they have to be able to do it all, but you also have to look at who is in with who. You know what I mean?  I think there's a different set of receivers in with Matt than Timmy had and really a different line at times.

So you have to take some of that into ‑‑ there's a couple of those where Timmy held the ball and looks like, 'Why is he doing that?' Well, the receiver ran the wrong route.  He's looking for a receiver to run a shallow cross and we didn't get a shallow cross.  We don't get that a lot in training sessions where if the receiver doesn't run the right route, now what do we do?

So there were a couple busts out there.  We have some young receivers that we think are going to be good, but three of those guys just got here a week ago, so there were a couple mental mistakes, whether it was up front or at the receiver spot.

What did you make of Barkley?

COACH KELLY:  I thought he did a real nice job.  We screwed up a little bit on that one naked [bootleg] where it ended up getting tipped, but that guy should have been blocked. Our tight end was lined up too tight, we should have had a pin block on him and got him to the corner and given him an opportunity to throw it, but I thought he did a real nice job out there.

It was a small sample size, but what did you see on QB Mark Sanchez's two drives?

COACH KELLY:  He had a couple high throws.  I think he has to get his feet set a little bit, but I thought we played with good tempo.  As a group, we were all on the same page: guys were clicking and guys were hitting.  I'm sure he'd want a couple of those throws back just because they were a little high.

Were you able to chat with K Cody Parkey at all during the game?

COACH KELLY:  No, I did not talk with Cody during the game.  I just talked to Fipp [special teams coordinator Dave Fipp] ‑‑ we'll see the film and get it straightened out.

Why does LB Marcus Smith look like a different player this year than he did last year?

COACH KELLY:  Birthdate.  He's a year older.  I think it's not all new for him.  I think he's been there, done that.  This isn't his first preseason game and this isn't his first training camp.  I just think there's kind of a calming sense around him.  He's got a better grasp of what we are trying to do and he's really showed up in our training sessions and he showed up today.  We are encouraged with his growth.

What did you see from Smith today that was impressive?

COACH KELLY:  I think there's just a different ‑‑ he's carrying himself in a different manner.  He was excited about going out and playing in a football game today.  We are excited to see where this goes.

Are you thinking about bringing in some competition for Parkey? If not, why?

COACH KELLY:  No, we are not.  I mean, he was an All‑Pro Bowl kicker last year.  In his first exhibition game, he missed an extra point and a field goal.  He's hit three from 40, too.  I wouldn't push the panic button right now.

He missed a couple field goals the other day in practice.  Is he battling anything mentally right now?

COACH KELLY:  He made a mistake in practice?  I mean, let's not go crazy now.  He's a pretty good kicker. Hey, he's a Pro Bowler.  I've seen Pro Bowlers miss kicks.  I've seen Adam [Colts K Adam Vinatieri] ‑‑ Adam is a Hall of Fame kicker -- I've seen him miss kicks before, too.  Let's not hit the panic button on Cody right now.  We are in the first preseason game.

Agholor's touchdown was a great catch and a great run after. Is that what you've seen a lot of during camp?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, I mean the one thing with Nelson is when he gets the ball in his hands, he's real explosive.  So you're anticipating run after the catch with him.  That's one of the things we knew about him because you can see it when you watched him play in college. He did that a ton in college. He was also a great returner in college, so you can see when he has the ball in his hands, he's a dynamic player and I think what you saw today is one of the reasons we drafted him so high.

Were you able to gauge much from the first-team defense when they were out there against the Colts starters?

COACH KELLY:  Just a little bit.  I wouldn't weigh too much into it.  Andrew [Colts QB Andrew Luck] came out actually in the middle of the second series and Matt [Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck] came in.  There's tape for us to coach off of and that's really what we're looking at, but we are not making any predictions or any lofty goals in terms of coming out of this.  It's just one step.

It's our first preseason game.  It's a good opportunity to go against another team.  You get to live tackle to the ground.  We did miss a couple tackles on the defensive side of the ball and we need to clean that up. That one touchdown run, we should have had the [running] back down on the long third-down that they ran in for a touchdown.  Those are things that Cory [defensive backs coach Cory Undlin] and the other coaches will get a chance to get in the film room with those guys and coach them up off of it.

S Ed Reynolds was around the ball quite a bit today --

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, he was.

What about Reynolds' progress?

COACH KELLY:  I thought he showed up today.  He showed up, not only two interceptions but had a big tackle on the kickoff return after that late in the game.  I think he's a guy that's pushing to make the 53‑man roster and I'm happy for him right now.  Part of it -- we put a big emphasis on how you play in the game.  It's not just our training sessions.  It's how do you play when it's live full go and let's go.  And I thought Ed did a nice job and put himself in a pretty good situation coming out of game one.  We'll see how he grows from here.

The third safety spot is up for grabs. Is it important for one of those guys to be able to go down and play in the slot? How do you evaluate those guys?

COACH KELLY: Whoever plays are the guys that we evaluate so that's what the deal is.  We have a deadline coming up right after that Packers game that we have to make our cuts and then we've got another deadline coming up immediately right after the Jets game that we have to make our cuts.  It's got to be based on who is playing and who is out there and who is putting it on tape for us.

What kind of camp has Reynolds had?

COACH KELLY:  Ed has had a really nice camp.  He's a lot like [LB] Marcus [Smith], year two.  It's not all new for him.  He spent the entire offseason here, was here every day.  We weren't allowed to be with him until April 20 but he was in the building working on his own and I think it's showing right now.

For the guys who played today at receiver, how would you assess their performances?

COACH KELLY:  We had a couple mistakes, a couple missed assignments in terms of routes.  I thought [WR] Miles [Austin] had a big catch.  Did a nice job bodying the receiver, showing you he's a wily veteran. A lot of guys would have maybe outrun the throw. He knew it was a little bit behind him, so slowed down, let the defensive back kind of hang on his back and made the catch over his shoulder.  [WR] Jordan [Matthews] made a big catch coming across the middle.  So we were happy with him.  Nelson was someone that obviously showed up today.

I've been pleased with our receivers so far in camp.  We did have a couple drops today, though.  There were a few that we kind of wish we had in.  Nelson had a drop in front of our bench and I think [RB Darren Sproles] Sprolesy had a drop. We had a couple others. I think [TE] Trey [Burton] had a drop. So a couple too may drops for us. We'll get that corrected.

What has separated G/T Andrew Gardner at right guard today to earn the start?

COACH KELLY:  He just rotated.  It wasn't a separation.  I think it was just who we had in there the last day or so.  It could be a new ‑‑ we are going to give all those guys an opportunity before we make a decision on what's going to go on there.

From the beginning, there was anaggressiveness about your team, a sense of competition, energy, enthusiasm.  Where did that all come from?

COACH KELLY:  Depth.  We've got a lot of depth here and there's a lot of guys fighting for spots.  I think everybody is aware of that.  You don't really – it wasn't like we gave them a big rah‑rah speech before we went out on the field but we put a lot of emphasis because of how we train on what goes on when you get a chance to go in a game when it's live.  There's no excuses when you're playing in a game.  You can't say, 'Well, I would have had that guy but you blew the whistle too quick, coach,' or 'I pulled off because I didn't want to have a big collision.'  This is live; this is real; this is going.

So I think our depth is really giving us a sense of urgency at a lot of different positions.  We're excited to see that and that's what we wanted from those guys today.

How does RB Kenjon Barner fit into the running back puzzle?

COACH KELLY:  If he continues to perform like that, we have to fit him in.  We are going to find a way to keep the best 53 players here but when you get an opportunity to do something, you step up and do it.  It's not a, well, if I had my chance ‑‑ everybody gets their chance.  A lot of guys played a lot of football today.  If he continues to play like that then he's going to put himself in the mix.

Barner made plays last year in the preseason and then got hurt. Can you talk about the difference between him last year and this year?

COACH KELLY:  I thought he did well in the preseason.  We did get him late and then he got hurt in that last preseason game.  It wasn't a decision we could make in terms of keeping him on the 53.  He was hurt, so we waived him injured and then we had an opportunity after he got healthy to bring him back and put him on the practice squad.  I think he's taking advantage of his opportunities now.

You've talked about receiver drops, but WR Rasheed Bailey seemed to make two tough catches: a one-handed catch and one in traffic. What kind of camp has he had and --

COACH KELLY:  He's been really good.  That's the one thing about Rasheed, he's got outstanding hands.  He may not be as fast as some of those other guys, but I think he's a really good route runner.  You talk about the jump that he made coming from Roxborough High School [in Philadelphia] and playing at DelVal [Delaware Valley University], and then all of a sudden he's playing in the Linc [Lincoln Financial Field] against the Indianapolis Colts. That's a pretty big jump for anybody.

I was anxious to see what his response would be.  If there was any kid or any player on our team that could be a little starry eyed, it would have been him, but he wasn't.  He was out there, it was all about business, wanted to make plays and made a nice catch on our sideline on a key out route and then that catch he made coming down on the seam ball from Timmy. I thought Tim put it in the only place he could put it, because it was pretty good coverage, but for him to come up with it was a big time catch on his part.

What kind of things did you like from watching Tebow? It seemed like he was able to run and he was able to hit receivers.

COACH KELLY: I liked how Timmy threw it.  That's the big concern with everybody coming in, is has he really changed? I think he's sequencing better.  He's got his feet underneath him.  When the guys ran the right routes and he had the opportunity to throw the football, I thought he threw the ball really well.

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