Most of your pass rush by numbers that you guys compiled come from the inside. I know that the disparity is because of maybe pass rush opportunities, but is that because of the scheme or do you want some more pressure from your edge guys?
COACH KELLY: It depends on who the edge guys are. When you're in a four down rush, some of those edge guys are getting pressure from what could be inside players to begin with. I know [Cedric Thornton] Ced kicks out there, [Fletcher Cox] Fletch kicks out there. I don't know exactly specifically what you're talking about. On four down, it depends on who is playing on the edge. But are we twisting or whatever. For us, it's are we getting pressure and is the quarterback not able to get set and get his feet set? And I think we're doing that.
Playing the same team twice in a season is a new experience for you. What did you take from the Giants game the second time around?
COACH KELLY: I think you have a body of work so you understand what the opponent is about. But the second game was different than the first game. It's not 100% what they did this in the first game, they're going to do the same exact thing in the second game. The same holds true for us. We've got some experienced guys on our staff that have been through it before, and that's always the deal. I think you get a better understanding of the personnel when you kind of know where it is. But again, it changes. Jon Beason didn't play against us the first time, but played against us the second time. Linval Joseph didn't play the first time but played the second time. We didn't see [Brandon] Meriweather in the first game. We'll see him in this game. We didn't see Rob Jackson in the first game, we'll see him in this game. So there are always a couple wrinkles here or there. They played against Mike [Vick], they're not going to play against Mike this time. So it's different. You've got a body of work and you have a little bit of an understanding, but it's not exactly the same as the first time.
Do you have an update on the injured guys that didn't practice yesterday?
COACH KELLY: Do I have any update? They didn't participate yesterday. They did a couple things on the side with the trainer and we'll see how it goes today.
You played the Giants twice in the span of a month. You play the Redskins like nine weeks later. Have things even changed more over the course of time?
COACH KELLY: I mean, in those specific incidences in the Giants game, even though it was a short time, they changed on defense because we didn't see Beason the first time, we didn't see Joseph the first time. So the running back was different. I think we played [Brandon] Jacobs. We didn't play Peyton Hills, so it just depends. Obviously, there is a lot more time between this game and the Giants game.
Is there a difference with the Redskins?
COACH KELLY: No, I think they're more efficient offensively. Look at the numbers offensively, and defensively there are new faces over there.
What did you see from Patrick Chung in his first game back?
COACH KELLY: I think Pat's getting back into it. Like when you miss that much time, as much as he missed, I don't think he was where he was before he got injured. But I think he's getting out there every single day and running around I think is a huge help for him. But I think he'll admit, I think he was not as sharp in his first game back as he was before he got injured.
First time you guys saw Robert Griffin III was just off a knee injury. A, is he playing different or B, is he using them different?
COACH KELLY: I think both. I think he didn't participate in full speed in the preseason, and I think that's a different deal. So, obviously, now he's got ten games underneath him where he's playing differently. So I think they're different. I think they're playing really well on offense right now. You look at their numbers in terms of where they are rushing the ball or where they are in total offense, I think they're really doing different things. I think they're different in terms of their personnel and how they deploy them. But I think they're different on offense now than when we played them the first time.
*Do you think they are playing RG3 more aggressively now? *
COACH KELLY: I can't speak to what he was before.
What do you see now versus then. I think they put more rules in for him back then when it comes to running than now?
COACH KELLY: He tried to run against us. He did some different things. I wish they'd put more rules in for him if that's the point.
Did you see him at all as a high school kid?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, we watched him on film. Outstanding track athlete too. Hell of a player.
Nick Foles has talked about trying to get better and throwing in the wind and cold weather. Is that something you've seen? How do you work on something like that during the week?
COACH KELLY: We've got the weather machine and we crank it up (joking). Obviously, it was a windy day on the field in Green Bay. That's just part of what you deal with when you're playing football because unless you're playing in a couple of those dome stadiums, you're going to have to deal with whatever the weather is on those specific days that you play. It's just getting comfortable and getting a feel for it.
On that topic, you've practiced inside the past few days. Why did you decide to do that?
COACH KELLY: It's going to be 61° on Sunday. We look at what the long‑term weather forecast is going to be and try to work off of that. So you always want a great environment to practice in. Looking at what the temperature was going to be yesterday and the wind yesterday, unless your crack weather men are not accurate, we're playing another game in the 60s on Sunday. If it's not, we'll blame them.
When you look at your quarterback, say a high school quarterback or in college, do you look at the film any differently in terms of evaluating high school kids versus what do I have to address with Nick for next week? Is there a difference how you go about evaluating the quarterback depending on the situation?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, I mean maybe I didn't get the question right, but one of them you're asking us about evaluating a kid that we're making a decision on whether we want him to be a part of our program as opposed to someone that's on your team right now, yeah. So, yeah, you evaluate those guys a lot differently.
I mean, we're trying to get Nick ready to go play in a football game. What specifically are we doing on this play and then a lot of times you're just looking at the overall talent from a film standpoint of whether that individual, whether he's a high school player or college player, what he can do. That's what you're looking at. But for us, we're specifically looking at how can we make Nick better for this Sunday.
So, Azzinaro's impact on the defensive line to get them to play in the system you want and to play at the level they are, what is it about his coaching style that's enabled that to happen and his influence on it?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, first and foremost, he's really, really smart. He comes off as a gruff, get after you guy, but he's extremely intelligent. He's a great communicator. He can get his message across in terms of how he wants it done. He's very detailed in his work, extremely meticulous in how he wants it done. But I think the guys gravitate to him.
I was with him at Oregon, and it was really important for me to be with him here just because I think he's a great teacher and great communicator.
Is he the same guy? Did he have to adjust to anything dealing with a different caliber or different age athlete?
COACH KELLY: He's the same dude, which is awesome.
Same coaching technique?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, he hasn't changed.
He's got that additional title of assistant head coach. What are his duties beyond coaching the defensive line?
COACH KELLY: Coaches me a lot. I mean, he's a really special guy to be around. I think, again, he's extremely intelligent. He's got a great view and great mindset in terms of how he looks at not only the game but looks at life. We all seek Professor Azzinaro's council a lot of times to be honest with you.
How did you come across Azzinaro?
COACH KELLY: He was at Syracuse when I was at New Hampshire and he was at Boston College, so when I'd go visit other staffs, I'd seen him coach. He actually coached at New Hampshire. He was defensive coordinator at Duke, and the next year was at New Hampshire when Duke was still paying him. And I had left to go to Oregon, so I'd be back watching spring practice. Know a lot of people that know him and had watched him coach before. When an opportunity came up and a d‑line job opened up at Oregon, he was the first guy I recommended. I was the assistant at that time, but I thought he'd be a great addition to our staff up there.
At this time yesterday you wanted to see Brad Smith in practice. What did you see from that first practice, returning specifically?
COACH KELLY: We didn't do much returns because we were inside.
So you don't have a gauge?
COACH KELLY: Of him returning? No. I think today will be a bigger day for us. We were inside, so we're not catching the ball. We're just getting lined up and it was more punt yesterday on Wednesday, so we'll get some things done today and get a chance to get an eye on him from a return standpoint.
You joked that maybe you'll take the guys a longer bus ride to get to the stadium on Sunday. But have you made any adjustments this week?
COACH KELLY: No, nothing.
Have you heard any players at all talk about playoff implications or anything like that? Is that something you would encourage at this point?
COACH KELLY: They can talk about whatever we want to talk about. It doesn't mean anything if they don't win on Sunday though.
Do you allow yourself to look at tiebreakers or anything like that?
COACH KELLY: No.
Not even for two minutes?
COACH KELLY: For two minutes? No. It's inconsequential. It means absolutely nothing. I've always felt the same exact way. I look at college football and everybody talks about the BCS talk in October, and it doesn't mean anything. You lose a game and you're out. We're going to keep our head down until December 29th. I know I personally will and we'll see how many games we've won. If that's enough games to qualify for a playoffs, then we did a good job. But wishing and hoping and looking at tiebreakers, you should be watching film and breaking down your opponent instead of doing that stuff.
Do you have a number in mind for how many games will win the division?
COACH KELLY: I have no idea. I don't. Again, for me to spend time looking at what number I think is going to be the number you need to win in games, it means nothing. Just go out and prepare for that game you've got that week, and that's what it should be about and what it's always about. It doesn't matter what I think it is. At the end of the year, I'm going to pat myself on the back: 'I thought it was ten, it was ten.' (Joking) You don't get anything for it, do you? If you do, I'll start looking at it.
Is there any anxiety to end the losing streak at home?
COACH KELLY: No, every week is a Super Bowl since I've been involved in this deal. So it's the same whether you win at home or lose at home or whether you win on the road or lose on the road. When you win, it's the greatest feeling in the world. When you lose, it's the lowest feeling in the world. So there is not anymore ‑‑ you can't put any more pressure on what we have right now and how we deal with it. It's about that game that week. That's all we can control is that preparation and same questions towards playoffs and tiebreakers and all those things. If it's not going to help us accomplish our mission, our mission is a one‑game mission to beat the Washington Redskins, then we shouldn't be thinking about it, talking about it or doing it.
You have not used the short-term IR designation yet. Why have you not used it to this point? Were you waiting on potential injury?
COACH KELLY: I just don't think in any situation we felt like we had a situation where we knew a guy when it was originally diagnosed that this guy's going to be out for six to eight weeks.
Can you talk about Pat Shurmur's influence on the vertical passing game? Does he have any influence in the vertical passing game, and if so, in what way?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, he likes to throw the ball deep, so do I. I mean, I don't understand.
Did you bring him in to help out with that facet?
COACH KELLY: No, I brought him to be the offensive coordinator. It wasn't like, 'Hey Pat, come in and work on the vertical passing game, but we'll take care of everything else.' That's why I think it's an odd question. We all talk about our passing game whenever we're in the room. No one's wearing a title or headset and saying, 'Well, let's listen to Pat and he can talk about it.' If [coaching intern] Shea Tierney has a good point on it, we're going to listen to Shea Tierney. We're all on the same side and we're all trying to put a game plan together.
At Oregon you didn't need to use the vertical passing game?
COACH KELLY: We did. Watch us play. Have you watched us play?
COACH KELLY: A kid threw 32 touchdowns last year and five interceptions. So I don't think we didn't throw the ball down the field. He throws the ball down the field a lot. The kid before him threw 30, and six interceptions. We threw the ball down the field a ton. The interesting thing when we were at Oregon is we were up at halftime by 40 points so we ran the ball more in the second half. If you wanted me to go bombs away in the third, we could have score 100 in a couple of games, but we're never going to do that. When you look at our statistics, did we run the ball more than we threw the ball? Yeah. Why? Because we were winning a lot. Teams that win a lot aren't going to throw the ball as much. But I handcuffed those guys more than any defense we ever faced handcuffed those guys. And I think your numbers suffer statistically, but we threw 30 touchdowns every year I was there, and less than ten interceptions every year I was there.