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Post-Game Quotes: HC Chip Kelly

On when Coach Kelly called timeout and did we give up the yards because you wanted to have the ball back?

COACH KELLY: "Yeah, we were just trying to see if we could get the ball back.  We knew they were trying to run the ‑‑ if I let them, they would have run the clock down and kicked it with two anytime left, and we wouldn't have had at least a shot to try to get the ball back and try to run something."

On the drive previous to that and if there was an opportunity to eat even more clock

COACH KELLY:"We were trying to score.  We were trying to score a touchdown.  We weren't trying to kick a field goal.  We were trying to score a touchdown.  Hoping we could get to a situation where we made it a four‑point game."

On what was wrong with the pass defense today relative to last week

COACH KELLY:"Couldn't get them off the field.  We have to do a better job generating the pass rush.  We went up against an outstanding quarterback.  Good, pass‑catch combination with him and Gates, and didn't seem like we handled that very well."

On whether being on the field so much affected your defense late in the game there

COACH KELLY: "I don't know."

On whether the Chargers were selling out to stop the run

COACH KELLY:"I don't think they were selling out.  But there were some favorable match‑ups for us we thought we could exploit in the secondary, and I think we did.  I thought Michael had a really good game throwing the football and picked up some big yardage that way.  We've said all along, it doesn't matter how we score as long as we score. But I think we left too many opportunities offensively out there too.  Weren't real sharp in the first half.  Had a penalty, had a touchdown called back.  Dropped one late.  I think we missed a field goal, so there were a lot of things we could have done offensively better to score enough points to win this game."

On what was told that happened with WR DeSean Jackson's counter and what did you see happen

COACH KELLY:"The official told me that it was a late hit, and I did not see it, so I can't really comment on anything else besides he said it was late."

On whether the pass rush is a bigger concern than the coverage

COACH KELLY: "No, it's a combination of the both.  I think you've got to try to make him uncomfortable, and I think at times he had too much time.  When you have a quarterback that's as talented as Phillip, that's going to hurt you."

On QB Michael Vick's injury when he came off for a play and how is he now

COACH KELLY:"He said he was fine, so he went right back in.  They didn't tell me what it was.  The referee said he was out for a play, and then our trainers cleared him.  I didn't ask.  They said he was going right back in, so I didn't get anything specific on that."

On TE Brent Celek coming off on that same play

COACH KELLY:"Yeah, Brent went back in the next play too.  So I'll get an update from our trainers on where they are.  But I know both Brent and Mike went back in on the next play."

On remembering the point Vick and Celek made to you in the big huddle on the sideline


On the explanation from the officials when they said Vick was done for that play and the explanation behind why he had to come off the field

COACH KELLY: "It's an injured player.  Didn't matter who it is.  If it's a left guard or center or whatever, they have to go out for a play because the ref determined they were injured."

On why the TE James Casey catch on the goal line wasn't challenged

COACH KELLY:"Our guys upstairs said he didn't catch did."

On the amount of opportunities to Jackson and how you look at those plays

COACH KELLY:"Yeah, obviously.  We left points out there offensively.  You can't do that against a good team.  So when you play against a good quarterback, you have to be as sharp as you can.  I think offensively had a touchdown called back, had a drop.  Missed a field goal.  You can come down to ‑‑ in a game like this that is decided on a field goal at the end of the game, you can take a pick and look at every play, but to me, it's not nit‑picking.  One play is the difference in a game and we talked about it all the time.  You don't know when that play is going to impact the game.  And we have to understand how important it is to make plays when you have an opportunity to make them."

On whether there was an option of calling timeout when Vick got injured and leaving him in the game


On what happened with the defense today, if these are correctible mistakes or is this a signal of a longer problem

COACH KELLY: "I hope so.  This doesn't feel good, does it?  We better make sure we can correct it.  We have a game in four days.  We're going to come out against a team that likes to throw the football and we have to be ready to play."

On playing with three safeties a lot

COACH KELLY:"Just because of the numbers at the corner, we were down.  Hopefully if we can get CB Bradley Fletcher back, that will help us over there, but that was just who was available at that point in time."

*On whether you need to look elsewhere for safeties *

COACH KELLY:"Right now?  There aren't any safeties on the street, I can tell you that.  So we're going to play with the ones we've got."

On whether Poyer might not be quite ready because of the Washington game to play in the slot

COACH KELLY:"Yeah, it depends on the match‑up.  I think when Royal's in the slot, there are some speed things there that you're going to try to get matched up, maybe try to get a faster guy in there.  That was kind of some of the thought process that went into that."

On the issues on third down specifically on defense

COACH KELLY:"We didn't generate a good enough pass rush or cover well enough."

On whether tight ends are a tough match‑up for this defense

COACH KELLY:"If he is as talented as that one, that was a tough match‑up for us, so, yeah.  Antonio Gates a tough match‑up?  The answer is yes."

On whether you and Bill still go over each week things on how to best use the guys in the system that they can play best

COACH KELLY:"Yeah, but that's what we always do.  That's what we do as a staff all the time in terms of how we can put our players in position to make plays.  But it's not just a defensive thing.  We left points out there offensively too.  We've got to do a better job of that, and we also missed a field goal.  So I think our offense and special teams contributed to the loss just as well as our defense did today."

On the big picture view of the team after two weeks

COACH KELLY:"It's right where we are, 1‑1.  Played well enough to win one week and not well enough to win this week.  So we have to get back to work tomorrow morning."

On playing with your safeties

COACH KELLY:"I guess just in answer to the question, you're not going to find anybody at this point in time that's hanging out on the street corner that's going to be able to play safety for you.  Everybody's allotted to their team either through draft or free agency, but I don't think there are any free agent safeties that are standing on the streets unemployed right now.  That was my point.

On what to do with the safeties

COACH KELLY:"We've got to coach them better and put them in positions to make plays.  We've got to make sure we put a game plan together so they understand it.  It's a simple deal."

On rotating S Nate Allen and S Earl Wolff in and out

COACH KELLY:"Just trying to get both those guys work.  I think they're close.  Trying to get Earl involved.  I think Earl shows us things where we watch him play and we think he's got a bright future.  But I don't think he's totally grasped everything that we're asking him to do.  So try to put him in positions when we put him in the game that we're trying to play to his strengths"

On whether you can see this Jackson every game

COACH KELLY:"No, it's all based upon match‑ups and who you're playing and how that works.  How different teams decided to deploy you and defend you.  It's just something we felt in this game plan we had.  I don't know if it's going to come up again.  We'll see how people decide how they're going to defend him."

On the Vick TV run, it looked like you only had six players on the line of scrimmage.  Looked like you talked to Brent Celek after that play, should he have been further on the line?

COACH KELLY:"No, I didn't talk to Brent about that.  I can't tell you ‑‑ obviously, the officials thought we had seven on the line of scrimmage."

I know you don't pay attention to time of possession or don't place an emphasis on that, but do you think the amount of time that San Diego held the ball today hurt this team?

COACH KELLY:"Yeah, but I think it's also our responsibility to get them off the field.  You just can't sit there and say we were on the field too long.  Part of our responsibility is we've got to get them off the field."

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