Q. WR Josh Huff said yesterday that he did what he was told to do by the coaches, and that was the result on the punt that Green Bay returned for a touchdown. What did he mean by that?
COACH KELLY: I haven't talked to Josh since the game, so we'll get with him tomorrow in the special teams meeting. Our gunners are taught never to go by the returner. Obviously, so you don't want to get washed by him. He needed to arrive in front of him, but they're not taught to stop in front of them. We'll correct whatever that miscommunication is. Q. Did the game look any better the second time through?
COACH KELLY: No, unfortunately or fortunately, or whatever it is, no. We made too many mistakes against a really, really good football team. They played very well offensively. [Packers QB Aaron] Rodgers was on fire. He did a really good job, but we didn't play very well ourselves.
Q. Do you ever find a rhyme or reason when games happen and go that way?
COACH KELLY: There's no single thing. I think there's a lot of different things. Offensively, we moved the ball in certain times, but then you get a penalty to set you back on a drive or that drive stalls. You can look at specific drives and why they didn't work. You come away with field goals in the first half instead of touchdowns in the first half. Obviously, when they're scoring the way they're scoring, we need to keep up with them.
We had a punt returned for a touchdown, and that's uncharacteristic of the way we've been covering all year long. It was just a lot of individual things that we need to clean up.
Q. When you lose by a wide margin as opposed to the Arizona Cardinals game which was a closer loss that you guys could have won, do you dispose of it a little quicker? For instance, the New England Patriots lost a big game seven weeks ago, and they've won six in a row since. The New Orleans Saints beat the Packers two weeks ago, and they came back and played very well.
COACH KELLY: I think the point is you don't dispose of anything quicker. A loss is a loss, whether it's a one‑point loss or a 21‑point loss. It's about the same mechanics of what we do. It's common sense that if you have a mistake, you've got to admit your mistake, you've got to fix your mistake, and try not to repeat it again. We keep the same formula in terms of what we're doing.
But to quantify a loss by too many points or a loss by one point and then differentiate between it, it's not the way we operate. We have a pretty good system in terms of how we'll come in here on Tuesday; we'll start with the team meeting and then go to film offensively and defensively and special teams and then we'll get out ionn the field and do corrections. Start to put openers in for the Tennessee Titans and get moving on in that direction.
Q. What did you see in the run blocking when you looked at it again? It just seemed like three yards, four yards --
COACH KELLY: Yeah, then we clipped some too. It was just a combination. There were times where it was blocked up pretty good and we hit a couple in there, and then there were some other times where we're just slipping off of blocks. We're not sustaining blocks or hitting it the right way. There are positives to gain out of it when you look at the film in terms of how you did it the right way, and there are obviously a lot of plays where you have to correct them and say, 'We need to correct this right here.' Q. You've had games with eight sacks, nine sacks, and also some with one or none and not a lot of pressure. How do you account for the disparity considering it has been all or nothing?
COACH KELLY: It's different. It depends on who you're playing. That's kind of how it is. The one thing we knew with Aaron [Rodgers] is it comes out quick: probably as quick as anybody you're going to see. You really got to get to him. There were a couple of times we did pressure him, but then he takes off for 20‑yard runs. That's what kind of separates him from most of the other quarterbacks in this league: his ability to do it all from a throwing standpoint, but also have the feet to escape some things.
Q. To what do you attribute the second-half turnovers?
COACH KELLY: They're all different. One of them they were bringing a blitz off the back side and then came out of it, but dropped [LB Julius] Peppers into coverage, dropped the defensive end over the route and our hot route was a quick throw to the tight end, but we didn't account for the defensive end. That was that.
We had a bad fumble exchange between the quarterback and the running back, and then we had a bad snap over the top, and the other interception was a contested play on the sideline where two guys were falling all over each other.
Q. Were the interceptions circumstances of Green Bay knowing that you were passing in those situations enabling them to drop back into coverage, or did you see anything else? COACH KELLY: No. There was ‑‑ no.
Q. C Jason Kelce had his thumb wrapped after the game. Is that what's affecting him on those snaps?
COACH KELLY: I don't think so. I haven't talked to Jason today, but I don't think so, no.
Q. What are you seeing with those snaps?
COACH KELLY: I just think he's been a little more erratic at times, and he has got to be a little more consistent. I think that the layoff has hurt him a little bit, he'll be the first to admit that. So, we just need to get more consistent with the snap.
Q. Going back to the turnovers, we are deep in the season now and they have been something that has dogged you all year. Do you think it is still fixable? COACH KELLY: Yeah, it's fixable. The last two weeks before that I thought we did a good job. We just need to continue to go and not say that even if we had a game like we did last week against Carolina, 'Hey, it's fixed, let's not worry about it.' It's something we need to harp on and continue to teach every single day.
Q. Did the DEA visit your team? They visited several teams yesterday. COACH KELLY: … I'm unaware … I have no idea what you're talking about. We lost. Let's not pile on, all right? Holy smokes. [Laughter]
Q. It looked like QB Mark Sanchez had a contrast in play from the first half to the second half. Was he getting away from some of the things that made him successful in the time that he hass been on the field?
COACH KELLY: No, I mean, on the one interception on the sideline the DB and the wideout are draped all over each other, and there's a ‑‑ a guy gets pulled to the ground, and they're fighting to get back up. I don't think that was ‑‑ I think when he released the ball, it was in the right situation to release the ball. What happened after that, I can't get into that.
He did make a mistake when Peppers dropped into coverage. Usually he doesn't drop into coverage, but [it was a] good call. Give [Packers defensive coordinator] Dom Capers credit for making a good call. [Sanchez is] looking at it and the middle linebacker was pushed to the inside, so we were supposed to throw the hot route to the tight end, and then the defensive end is in the picture. Then the snap over his head, I don't think ‑‑ I think he tried on it, but that's not all on Mark. I don't think you can blame Mark on this deal.
Q. They beat CB Bradley Fletcher on a couple of fades down the sideline. Can he play those better?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, because I think he came back and had a couple of really good pass break‑ups. I think that says a lot about Fletch in terms of his mental toughness and his ability to do that. He gave up a couple earlier, he'll be the first to tell you that, and I think we all saw that, but after that, I think he really competed out there.
Q. With some of the crossers in the middle of the field, was that because there wasn't enough pressure?
COACH KELLY: A combination, and then our man coverage broke down on the guys covering the crossers. So you kind of stay with him. You've got to play a lot of man coverage when you're playing a quarterback of this caliber because he's going to pick you apart in zone. I think Billy [defensive coordinator Bill Davis] went through it all: We played man, we played man under, we blitzed, we didn't blitz, we dropped into coverage and we did it all. But when people are running crossing routes, we need to be closer on those routes.
Q. Last year you had a similar score against the Denver Broncos and you guys won the next two, and nine of the next 12. Is there anything you can use from that experience -- I think it was 52‑20 in that game ‑‑ that you can apply to this situation?
COACH KELLY: I think besides the score, that's about it. Our guys know what to do. We've lost games before here. It's about coming back and not letting the same game beat you twice. You can't feel sorry for yourself in this league. You can have big wins on one week and then not on the other week.
Obviously, one of the best offenses in the league yesterday was the Broncos and they had seven points [against the St. Louis Rams]. That was the one that surprised the heck out of me. I don't think I've ever seen a healthy Peyton [Manning] have that. That's what this league is all about. You've got to come to play each week and focus on your next opponent and that's what we're in the process of doing right now.
Q. Does a loss like this kind of show like separation between you guys and elite teams?
COACH KELLY: I don't think so. I think the Tampa Bay‑Atlanta game, [Tampa Bay] lost a couple Thursdays ago, it was like 56‑0, and the next time they played again, I think Tampa was favored. Every week is a season in this league, so I don't think you can look at it that way.
Q. LB Marcus Smith II didn't play yesterday. Whether it is defense or special teams, what does he need to do to get on the field? COACH KELLY: He needs to be more consistent from a practice standpoint to show the coaches that we have the trust in him to put him on the field.
Q. There were three sacks early. You talked about the one with Packers LB Clay Matthews, but what about the other two? What did you see on those?
COACH KELLY: Just got beat in the one‑on‑one early on that first drive. They had just a straight four‑man rush and one of our guys got beat. And then on the other one there was just a miscommunication in terms of we cut a guy loose that was playing the nose.
Q. What will you be looking for at the start of the Tennessee game to see if these guys have gotten this loss out of their mind?
COACH KELLY: I'm not worried if they get it out of their minds; not this group. I think they understand. We've been around each other long enough. I've got great trust in them in terms of their approach. If I'm waiting until Sunday to see where they are, that means I missed practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I know where these guys will be on Tuesday. We're excited to get back to work and get ready to play Tennessee.
Q. Recognizing there's multiple factors that go into the run game, what can RB LeSean McCoy do, specifically, to be better?
COACH KELLY: I don't know if there is one thing. A lot of runs he made, when you really watch them, I thought he did a good job of being patient, getting up inside, following blocks and doing things on the outside. So, I don't think LeSean played poorly yesterday. Q. Do you feel like there hass been a drop-off at all for him from last year to this year?
COACH KELLY: I think statistically there is, but I think we're a different team. I think you've got to add everything to it. It's not just one guy.
Q. How is QB Nick Foles doing? Have you received any updates? COACH KELLY: No. He'll get a recheck at some point in time, but they said it's usually three to four weeks out before they ever take another X‑Ray. So he has not had that done yet.
Q. So you are basically counting him out for the next three or four weeks?
COACH KELLY: He'll be out for the Tennessee game, I know that.
Q. He was out on the field working out. What is he able to do?
COACH KELLY: He can work out now, but it's [a question of] does the bone heal? That's the biggest question, at least what's been relayed to me. They're not going to take an X‑Ray for a little bit here. So, until they get an update from an X‑ray standpoint, he'll just continue to work out and continue to stay in shape.
He worked out early at the hotel and did some running stuff in the fitness center early in the morning. He'll continue to do those things to make sure that when he does get cleared, when the bone is healed, that he's not, 'Oh, now I need a couple of weeks to get in shape.' He's that type of guy. He'll always be in shape. He's been cleared to work out, but he has nothing to do with contact or anything like that.
Q. The obligatory, 'Why hasn't RB Darren Sproles received more work on offense?' question. He had two carries yesterday and since that Jacksonville game when he had 11, he's averaging 3.5 touches per game. COACH KELLY: Yeah, I just don't think we're running the ball well overall.
*Q. He's averaging almost seven yards a carry. He had a 13 and an 8 on his two carries yesterday. The week before he had one carry for a touchdown -- *
COACH KELLY: Again, it just goes into the rotation that we're doing with the running backs right now. LeSean is our guy.
Q. So you don't think there's any reason to try to work Sproles in more?
COACH KELLY: Right now, I think LeSean is doing a good job.
Q. Does it seem like WR Jordan Matthews is having a little bit of a breakout over the last couple of weeks?
COACH KELLY: I don't look at it as a breakout. It's the Jordan we've seen since day one he's been here. But I also think there are plays on Sunday that he wants back. He's very meticulous in his preparation. He's very ‑‑ it's really important for him to be good at everything he does. He studies tape, he does everything you ask for, but he's continuing to grow as a rookie grows.
Q. What about WR Josh Huff in terms of his rookie progression ‑‑ not just on special teams, but specifically on offense? It's hard to tell if he had a drop or not yesterday, but he's had a few moments where maybe he'd like to have his plays back? How do you see his progress? COACH KELLY: I think he's a capable backup right now, and he's working himself into a position to see the field more, but he's got to prove it to us, just like all our other guys, in terms of what he does from a practice standpoint and a game standpoint.
Q. Stats aside, what are you seeing from WR Riley Cooper?
COACH KELLY: I think Riley is doing exactly what we have asked him to do. I think when the ball has been thrown to him, he's been really good. He had a couple of drops early in the season, but hasn't had any recently. He's doing a really good job of that. When he has been called upon, he has been blocking really well on the perimeter. When the ball is thrown his way, he's catching it.
Q. What did you see when you looked at the defensive line and the pass rush on film? It just seemed like ‑‑ you said, when you did get pressure, Rodgers took off. But there were so many times when the pressure just didn't get anywhere.
COACH KELLY: Yeah, there were times where we didn't get off of blocks. I think it wasn't just one thing where it was, 'Hey, we just did this.' There were times when we gave him too much time back there, and you can't give a quarterback of that caliber that much time.
Q. Where does the mentality come from -- and we heard it from the players yesterday and we heard it from you and we heard it from the other coaches ‑‑ to be able to turn the page as easily, it seems like, and as quickly as you do? Especially off of a game like that.
COACH KELLY: I just think that's how we're wired. It's about the next challenge and the next opportunity to go out there. You get a bad taste in your mouth, so the only way to get the bad taste out of your mouth is to go out there and play again. That's what we do. I don't know, and I don't think anybody ‑‑ unless somebody can prove me wrong ‑‑ where you can sit there and lament about it and feel bad about yourself. I don't know how that's going to affect you or how that is going to make you any better.
Q. Players are a part of that too. With other teams you hear players kind of start with the criticism. Does that say a little bit for what you have in that locker room too? COACH KELLY: Yeah, I think we've got a bunch of real professionals in that locker room and I think the one thing that they understand is that we stick together. We lost yesterday as a coaching staff, as a special teams team, as an offensive team, and as a defensive team. It's not a finger pointing operation. I think we all contribute to our wins, and we've all contributed to our losses.
As long as we stick together, our opportunity is to go out and play against the Tennessee Titans. Our opportunity shouldn't be to go out and play against each other. Q. You mentioned that Kelce had a little rust that he's shaking off. Did you anticipate that there would be kind of a re‑acclimation period both for him and G Evan Mathis?
COACH KELLY: Yeah, there has to be. This game happens at such a speed that it's just not plug and play. If that was the case, then we wouldn't train. No one would have practice and practice wouldn't be important to everybody. I think when teams are really good, they're practicing really good. You just can't show up on Sunday and play. You have to be able to train at a certain level. When those guys were out, no control of their own, with legitimate injuries, they didn't have the opportunity to train. And now that they're getting back into it, they'll get a little bit more acclimated.
That's what this deal is all about, in terms of how we prepare. The ability to prepare at full speed, or as close to full speed as we can without getting anybody injured, is kind of the catch‑22 that you're always working on from a coaching standpoint. They need to see it at speed. You can't just say, 'Hey let's do a walk‑through every single day,' and all of a sudden just show up and play games and wonder why you're not successful.
Q. It might be obvious to say that good teams are harder to beat than teams with lesser records. In your two years it has kind of broken down and your success has been that way. You beat the teams you're supposed to beat, and better teams are a more difficult challenge. Is that just part of the development process, the maturation process of the organization that you're still working towards, being able to go into a situation like yesterday and get the job done, for want of a better phrase?
COACH KELLY: No, you could look at it that way, but I also think you could look at it as teams with good records have a good record for a reason because they don't get beat. To just analyze it from a statistical standpoint and look at the metrics and assume that their losses are to teams that have really good records so therefore they can't beat teams with really good records is sometimes ‑‑ and I've always said this -- you need to give credit to the other team. This isn't just a mathematical formula where we can put kind of a problem on the board and solve it mathematically. You still have to go out and play the game, and sometimes they lose sight of that. The performance that Aaron did yesterday, it was impressive. There's a reason that the Packers are successful, because they've got a hell of a quarterback who's probably playing as well as anybody in the league right now.
Q. It is obviously a one‑week deal, but there's a quick turnaround next week following the Titans game. Do you do anything from a training standpoint or coaching standpoint to keep an eye on the quick turnaround the following week? COACH KELLY: No, we've had this mapped out. We know exactly what we're going to do on Sunday. We'll come back in as coaches right after the Tennessee game and get working on the game plan and be here Sunday working. Then our players will come back in on Monday and we'll train on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and get ready for the game. So we have the formula. We're not doing anything in terms of showing players film [on Dallas] or anything like that. Our attention and sole attention is on the Tennessee Titans.
Q. Do you have anybody who spends a little extra time this week on Dallas?
COACH KELLY: No.