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Quotes: Head Coach Chip Kelly

Q. When you looked at the film from the Dallas game, the lack of interceptions you're your quarterback probably stood out to you. You haven't had that very much. Was it gratifying to see that?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, you're always going into games, hopefully you don't want any turnovers.  We did put the ball on the ground in that fumble situation.  We need to clean that up, but I think anytime you can win the turnover battle, I think it's going to be a positive for you.

Q.  What can you tell us about QB Nick Foles and where he is after his checkup?

COACH KELLY:  He had a checkup on Friday. His clavicle is healing, but he hasn't been cleared to play, so...

Q.  Does he have another exam?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, he'll have another exam until he eventually gets cleared. The bone isn't healed yet.

Q.  Do you know when the next exam will be?

COACH KELLY:  No, I don't.

Q.  Your defense has been doing a good job of forcing fumbles. Talk about that and what they're doing well in that area.

COACH KELLY:  Well, I think it starts with they're playing really, really good run defense. There are a lot of guys around the ball. A lot of guys are running to the ball. They're playing with great effort.  Guys are doing a good job when they get in there of securing the tackle, trying to get it stripped and trying to get the ball out.

When you have that many guys around the ball, usually the ball is going to bounce to one of your guys. It's been a group effort on defense. I think all 11 guys are playing at a real good tempo right now.

Q.  Obviously, G Evan Mathis and C Jason Kelce are getting healthy, but what else has been the key to the offensive line picking it up in recent weeks?

COACH KELLY:  I just think there's a continuity. The same guys are playing next to the same guys and communication has been better. As a group, they've gotten a chance to line up next to the same guy for a couple weeks. I think that's one of the reasons they've done that.

Also, Jason is healthier and Evan is healthier.

Q.  The Seattle Seahawks defense has let up three points in each of the last two games and seems to be hitting on all levels. Is there something on the film that speaks to that? COACH KELLY:  Yes. They've got really, really good players and Pete [Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll] puts them in position to make plays. It will be the best secondary that we play. Obviously, probably the top corner in the league in [CB] Richard Sherman. He's got 23 picks since 2011 -- eight more than any other player in the league – and there's a reason for that: he's a smart player, he's an intelligent player. He's big, he's physical and he's got great ball skills.

I think they've got probably the top safety in the game in Earl Thomas. Then they have a bunch of other guys that are fast and they're athletic. [DE] Cliff Avril can really cause some problems, [DE] Michael Bennett can cause some problems. Their linebackers can run. [SS] Kam Chancellor is a guy [who can cause problems]. They've got players at every single position on the defensive side of the ball.  There's a reason they won the Super Bowl last year and there's a reason they held the last two teams they played to three points. They've got a lot of really talented players over there.

Q.  They have been known for their Cover 3 scheme back there. Do they still do a lot of that?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, they've done the same thing since Pete's been there. They've got the personnel. They've got a really, really good group of personnel right now. They're probably 60-40 man-zone. They're very balanced in what they do. They've got their eyes on the quarterback. They disrupt routes. They've got a lot of guys with good ball skills back there in terms of getting after it. It's a very formidable group.

Q.  Is there overlap in terms of the type of players they look for, whether it's body type, playing style, and the players you look for?

COACH KELLY:  I mean, I don't know what they're looking for, so -- I mean, I haven't sat down and talked to Pete or [Executive Vice President/General Manager John] Schneider about what their concepts are.

Q.  Why has the Seahawks defense been so much more effective over the last few weeks? They were struggling for a while. COACH KELLY:  Yeah, I don't know if they were struggling. I mean, they lead the NFL in defense. Struggling for them is probably giving up 14 points. I think a lot of people would take struggling if it's playing that well.

But they're really clicking right now. Maybe that's a better question for them, but I know in the last couple games they've played really, really well.

Q.  For two years in a row now it seems that your defense has gotten better as the season goes on. Obviously, every team strives for that, but with a lot of teams you don't see that. Is there anything about Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis or the way your coaches teach, that has allowed the defense to improve during the year?

COACH KELLY:  No, I think there's a continuity. We have obviously – well except with the loss of [LB] DeMeco [Ryans], but besides that, our defense line has been intact, our secondary has been intact. DeMeco is just the one guy that we've really lost. The outside linebackers have been the same guys.  Guys are feeling more comfortable with the system. I think our coaches understanding our players and our players understanding the coaches.  They've got a good grasp of what we're trying to do.  I think they're playing with great effort.

I think that effort can kind of mask a lot of things.

Q.  With all the opponents you have faced and all of the film that you have studied, have you seen a defensive tackle or a player at that position, playing better than DE Fletcher Cox?

COACH KELLY:  In the league?

Q.  No, that you've faced so far.

COACH KELLY:  I mean, there's been some good ones.  I can't think of them off the top of my head.

I think Fletcher is playing at a really high level right now. I think there's a lot of really good defensive linemen in this league. [DT] Gerald McCoy in Tampa Bay is a guy that always stuck out when we played them. He kind of jumps off the tape at you. I'm sure there are some other guys.  I'm not thinking of them right off the top of my head right now.

You know, I think Fletcher is playing really well right now.

Q.  After the game WR Jordan Matthews was talking about the difference between normal speed and your team's speed.  When you guys are clicking and really pushing the pace at the beginning of the game, is that a major advantage against a defense, especially if they get winded later in the game?

COACH KELLY:  I mean, we're trying to get as close as we can to practice. We obviously play faster in practice because we spot the ball a lot quicker. We already know where the ball's going to go, so our managers are getting the ball out a little bit faster. Our practices are a little bit faster.

That's what we strive for, to see if we can play as fast as we practice.

Q.  Do you think Seattle has the blueprint regarding athletic, physical corners? COACH KELLY:  No, I think everybody wants that. I think if anybody had an opportunity to get Richard Sherman, they wouldn't say, 'No, we don't want him.' He's a prototype that everybody wants.  That goes back to Mel Blount when Mel Blount played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

If there's a tall, long, physical corner, I think anybody in the National Football League would tell you they would want that guy. There's just not that many out there. 

Q.  Sherman was a fourth-round pick though, right?

COACH KELLY:  I wasn't here, so I don't know. I don't know that. I was in college. 

Q.  In 2010 you visited the Seahawks complex.  What did you get from that visit?  What is your background?

COACH KELLY:  I was just watching practice. I've known Pete. We were in the same league together.  I've got a tremendous amount of respect for him.  He did an unbelievable job when he was at USC and he's doing the same exact thing with the Seahawks.

I visited the 49ers after that. I visited Air Force. Whenever we had an open date during the season at Oregon, when we weren't practicing, I tried to go visit somebody that was close.

Obviously, almost everybody else we were playing, so there weren't a lot of options. It was go watch an NFL team or go watch a team from another conference.

I visited Air Force. I visited Seattle. I visited San Francisco. I was just going to watch someone else practice.

Q.  QB Mark Sanchez has had a lot of success throwing outside of the pocket.  What does he do well that allows him to do that?

COACH KELLY:  I think he's a good athlete so he can get his feet underneath him. When he's on the perimeter, he doesn't need to set his feet. He throws well on the run. He's really accurate when he throws on the run.Just part of what he does well. Just trying to put him in those situations.

Q. Twelve games in, your free agency signings have all been pretty successful. Can you discuss what you learned from your first foray into free agency as opposed to the second?

COACH KELLY:  I think the group from the year before, [LB] Connor Barwin sticks out, [CB] Bradley Fletcher sticks out, and [CB] Cary Williams sticks out.  I think we did a decent job the year before, too.

I think everybody just understands what we're looking for better in a player in terms of how they fit in terms of what we're looking for not only from a size, skill standpoint, but type of practice player they are, type of team player they are. Hopefully we'll get better as this continues to go along, but I think the first year we did a pretty good job, too.

Q.  How do you go about simulating the style of play of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson throughout the practice week?

COACH KELLY:  It's difficult because we don't have anybody as athletic.  But that's no different than any quarterback you face.  We didn't have anybody that could simulate Cam Newton.  We don't have a 6'5", 250‑pound -- unless we went to the Sixers [Philadelphia 76ers] and grabbed one of their power forwards.

We don't have a Marshawn Lynch we can simulate, we don't have a Richard Sherman we can simulate. You are really just getting used to what their scheme is and kind of how they run their operation.  But you're never going to be able to simulate players of that caliber no matter who you're facing.

Q.  I've heard before that Earl Thomas is what makes that Cover 3 work because he covers so much ground in the center of the field.  Is that how you see it?

COACH KELLY:  Where did you hear that?

Q.  Read it actually.

COACH KELLY:  I think he's probably one of the top safeties in the league. But it takes everybody. I think their corners do a good job. Earl does a good job. Kam Chancellor does a good job.  They've got a lot of players on the defensive side of the ball that make that thing work.

Q.  Troy Aikman said during the FOX broadcast that Sanchez likes more information in the headset than Foles did from you.  Do you find that and have you adjusted it at all with him being the quarterback?

COACH KELLY:  No, that's not the case.

Q.  Is Russell Wilson different than other quarterbacks that use their legs? Does he do anything different as far as looking to throw first?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, I think he's always been that way. I got an opportunity to play against Russell when he was at Wisconsin. He does the same thing. He always has his eyes down the field. He's not looking to run, but if you give him the opportunity to run, I think he makes really, really good decisions when he's flushed from the pocket. He's always got his eyes up.  He's always looking for open receivers.  If they're not there, he takes what the defense gives him.  He never takes a big hit.

I think he's got a real, real good feel of how to play quarterback on the move.

Q.  How much of an impact has assistant offensive coach Tra Thomas had on your pass rushers?

COACH KELLY:  I wouldn't say a lot.  Right now Tra is doing a lot of film breakdown and things like that. But Billy [defensive coordinator Bill Davis] and Az [assistant head coach/defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro] and those guys are coaching those guys on the field.

Q.  Does he just break down offensive line film or does he do everything?

COACH KELLY:  No, he's working with the defensive line, so he's breaking down offensive tape.  He can tell you what an offensive tackle is going to do. He's been great from that standpoint. He can talk about sets and things like that.

Q.  So from a technique standpoint is he kind of imparting wisdom on those guys?

COACH KELLY:  He's doing it on the breakdowns. He is just telling us what they do. He's not out there coaching. We have a D‑line coach and we have an outside linebacker coach.

Q.  You had some extra time to prepare for the Seahawks.  What did you do? COACH KELLY:  It's more time just to watch tape.  We're on our same weekly schedule in terms of when we meet on Mondays and what time we start staff meetings. Players will be back in tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.  It's been a normal week from that standpoint.

We've just had more time to digest tape in terms of getting ready for Seattle.  I'm sure they had the same thing. 

Q.  Have the Seahawks been any different since they traded WR Percy Harvin to the Jets?

COACH KELLY:  I really couldn't tell you because I don't think we've gone that far back. We haven't studied a lot from when Harvin was there, because he's not there anymore.

Q.  You mentioned that on the Sunday night before the Thanksgiving game a lot of players were coming in and getting a jump on the week. Was that the same case this weekend?

COACH KELLY:  No, they were away, and they should have been away. They missed Thanksgiving.  A lot of them were trying to catch up with family and what not. We played an away game.

There are a lot of guys running around the building on Monday, which they normally do, but over the weekend I didn't see any of our guys.

Q.  Have you seen a difference in G/T Lane Johnson over the last few games from where he was earlier in the season when he first came back?

COACH KELLY:  No, because I think he came back in really good shape.  So it wasn't like it took Lane a long while to get rolling.  That's a credit to him in terms of what he did when he was away.  You worry when [a player is] away and you didn't have any contact with him, 'What is he going to be like when he shows up?'

He showed up here ready to go and ready to play. Obviously, he's got more experience, because he is a young player and only played a year for us last year.  He's gotten better just because he's seen more reps, but he was ready to go I think from a physical standpoint when he showed back up here.

Q.  RB LeSean McCoy has had all four or his 100-yard games in the last seven contests. It seems like he's running the same way as he did earlier, but he's getting more success now.  Is that how you see it?

COACH KELLY:  That's how we see it.  I think when people talked about him earlier in the year, I felt very confident with him.  I think that is showing.

Q.  The defense has done a very good job against tight ends this year.  Are you having that success because of what S Malcolm Jenkins gives you?

COACH KELLY:  I think it's both because our safeties are interchangeable. I thought [S] Nate Allen played an outstanding game against the Cowboys last week. He had two interceptions, [although] one of them was called back because we had a penalty.

Nate also had a fumble recovery.  Nate is playing really well.  I think we have two safeties that are playing really well right now. I think it's a combination of both of them. The way we do it, there's not always one guy that's high and one guy that's low.  It's interchangeable.  But I think both our safeties are playing pretty well right now.

Q.  Some teams avoid throwing it to Sherman's side. It seems like he's been targeted a little bit more as of late. Do you ever concern yourself with the personnel on the opposite side when you're running the offense?

COACH KELLY:  Yeah, we always concern ourselves with the personnel on the opposite side.  You have to know exactly what they're in, how things are working, the matchups you can exploit or try to attack.I think that's part of any coach's game plan.

I don't think you just say, 'Hey, we don't care who's over there.' You really sit down and study the tape and situations, [and say], 'Who do they have in, what they're doing, do they travel, do they cover guys on the other side when the receiver switch sides, do they match up with people?' There's a lot more to it than just saying, 'We're not going to throw to the right,' because he may not be on the right, he may be on the left.

Q.  Sherman has moved around more than last year, correct?

COACH KELLY:  I didn't watch him last year, so I can't answer that.

Q.  On Thursday the camera caught Sanchez and WR Riley Cooper in an apparent disagreement.  What was that about?

COACH KELLY:  What they were going to eat for Thanksgiving after the game. 

I mean, guys yell at guys all the time. I don't know why that's a big deal. You could catch someone yelling at somebody probably on every play. Not a big deal. I think we weren't in the right formation and we were trying to get lined up.

Coop wasn't the guy that wasn't lined up. There were other guys that weren't lined up the right way.

Q.  Has that been rectified?

COACH KELLY:  No, I don't think either of them are going to be here this week because they're pissed off about it. [Laughter] It's not a big deal.  We went on to the next play.  I think you guys are making way too much about that.

Q.  You have talked about the whole, 'Don't let emotions play with you, play with emotion, but don't let it play with you.' They were screaming at each other.

COACH KELLY:  There are guys screaming at each other all the time.  That's why I don't think it's a big deal.  Listen to my headset. [Laughter]

Q.  We'd like to.

COACH KELLY:  That would be great.  Did you see Tom Brady last night? How was he on the Packers sideline? It's an emotional game played by emotional players. I think they're playing at a high level and when guys make mistakes, they get not too happy about it.

I mean, that's part of the game. I'm surprised at the line of questioning. That's not the first time people have screamed and yelled at each other out here.  So it's not a big deal.

Q.  The whole team played with a lot of energy.  Is that because Dallas had a shorter week?

COACH KELLY:  Could be a reason.  I think it's a tough deal, you know, when someone makes you play on the road on a Sunday night and makes you come back and you don't get back until 5 a.m. and you've got to play a game the next Thursday. That's part of it, yes.

Q.  What was the issue on the play after the timeout when Sanchez threw the ball to Cooper and it seemed like they were not on the same page? COACH KELLY:  On?

Q.  Following the timeout with the apparent disagreement, Sanchez threw to Cooper and it hit Cooper --

COACH KELLY:  I think Mark threw it a little early.

Q.  How about the red zone?

COACH KELLY:  We didn't execute well down there.  We're not going to make any excuses.  We've got to correct that and we've got to do better.  Especially playing against a good Seattle team.

Q.  Did you see anything from your team's impressive performance off of a three-day  turnaround that would make you want to back off in the weekly workload? COACH KELLY:  Well, we don't have a three‑day turnaround.  We're back to a normal week.  We know how to prepare during a normal week.  I think we've had great energy in our last couple of games.

We monitor all our players every day.  When they come in, we'll adjust accordingly.  But we're still going to go out there and train.  That's what we did.

Q.  Are there a lot of similarities between Seattle's run scheme and Dallas'?

COACH KELLY:  No, not at all.  I think they run a lot more zone-read option. I don't think [Cowboys QB] Tony [Romo] has ever kept the ball in any of those situations. You really got to defend the quarterback. I think they spread you out a little bit more in the run game and can do that because of the quarterback.

I don't think there's any similarities between the two.

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