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Quotes: Head Coach Chip Kelly



Q. Have you had an opportunity to talk to RB DeMarco Murray about him going to Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie about his playing time?**

CHIP KELLY: Yeah, that's not what happened. He sat next to Mr. Lurie on the plane on the ride home. They were both sitting in first class and talked about the game and what happened with it. And then I've talked to DeMarco since then.

Q. Did he talk to you before he talked to Mr. Lurie?

CHIP KELLY: No, he was sitting next to Mr. Lurie on the plane. He didn't go and request a meeting with the owner; I don't know where that came from or how it was. But all of our players sit in first class when we travel, and when Mr. Lurie travels with us he sits in first class, so they were sitting next to each other.

Q. Be that as it may, it went to ESPN reporter Ed Werder. Why do you think that occurred, and what was the desired result?

CHIP KELLY: Why do I think stories go to the media? I don't know that.

Q. Why do you think someone in Dallas --

CHIP KELLY: I have no idea, and I really --

Q. -- got the information that your player had gone to the owner to complain about his role?

CHIP KELLY: That's a great question. I don't have an answer for that.

Q. Has Murray told you that he is frustrated?

CHIP KELLY: I've had a meeting with DeMarco, yeah. He's frustrated because he didn't get the ball a lot on Sunday, which most running backs are frustrated from that aspect. But he's not frustrated that we beat the New England Patriots and we had a big win in New England. I think everybody is that way. Every receiver wants the ball; every running back wants the ball; every quarterback would like to throw every single time we have an opportunity. But the one thing I know about DeMarco [is] he's about winning.

Q. Has he expressed concern about playing time prior to this week and shared those frustrations with you?


Q. Are you disappointed that he went to the owner first?

CHIP KELLY: He did not go to the owner. He sat next to the owner on the plane. We sit -- our players always sit in first class, and when Mr. Lurie travels with us, he sits there next to them. They sat next to each other on the plane, so he didn't specifically go to Mr. Lurie and say, 'I need to request a meeting with you.'

Q. But the fact that he expressed disappointment, however it came out, to the owner before he did to you --

CHIP KELLY: He expressed disappointment to me before that. He wasn't happy with his amount of carries, and rightly so. I think everybody wants to carry the ball in every game, so that's not a -- I mean --

Q. Have you told him anything about his carries going forward?

CHIP KELLY: No, we said the same thing. He knew going into the game that we were going to play and we had a plan, and we knew exactly what we were going to do. We were going to have [RB] Darren [Sproles] and [RB] Kenjon [Barner] play more, and he knew that going into the game. I think Duce [running backs coach Duce Staley] does a great job with those guys. Every one of our position coaches explains our rotation in terms of where we are based at the end of the week when we understand who's healthy, who's up, and who's going to be part of the 46 if the game goes the way it goes. The game didn't go the way, from an offensive standpoint, the way we wanted it to go. It was an outstanding third quarter, but we didn't have really any snaps in the third quarter, so it was a different game from that aspect. We had an interception returned for a touchdown, so our defense goes back out on the field. We had a punt returned for a touchdown, so our defense goes back out on the field. So there was a limited number of reps, we were into 50 snaps on the offensive side of the ball.

Q. Did you feel the need to meet with Murray?

CHIP KELLY: I knew he was frustrated. Yeah, I wanted to talk to him after the game. When you win a big game like that, we want to make sure everybody is on the same page. So yeah, I wanted to talk to him.

Q. So you sought him out? Or did he come to you?

CHIP KELLY: Yeah. I sought him out.

Q. Did you expect that after you beat New England, the biggest win of the season, that this would happen after this game?

CHIP KELLY: What comes out of the media I don't really care about to be honest with you. And it's not the way it was. He didn't request a meeting with the owner and sit down and talk with the owner.

Q. Just the fact that you have to address all of this after --

CHIP KELLY: I don't care. We've got 10 minutes. You can talk about whatever you want. I'm going to be out on the practice field when we start stretching.

Q. Is he the player you expected when you signed him?

CHIP KELLY: Yeah, he is.

Q. Is he the person you expected when you signed him?

CHIP KELLY: Yeah, he is.

Q. Why do you think he has been struggling this season at 3.5 yards per carry?

CHIP KELLY: I think we've had different moving parts. [T] Jason Peters has been out for part of three games and then missed a game, you know what I mean? Or came back -- we've had some moving parts. Gardner [T Andrew Gardner] started the year for us; he was out, we have missed some there. [QB] Sam [Bradford] has missed some games. We haven't had everybody on the offensive side of the ball in there. We've had some drops at the receiver spot. I think everybody has contributed. We're not exactly where we want to be offensively from any aspect. I don't think we're running the ball. I think anybody offensively -- we're not where we've been offensively. I'm frustrated, but when you look at that game, it was a unique football game. You score 14 points in the third quarter with an interception return and a punt return, but we're not having success on the offensive side of the ball, but so be it. I'm pretty jacked up about that because we just scored 14 points against the New England Patriots in New England after being down 14. So sometimes a game expresses itself in a lot of different manners.

Q. You were talking about the struggles of the offense as it relates to Murray, but RB Ryan Mathews is still averaging six yards per carry, RB Darren Sproles has had success when he was in there, and RB Kenjon Barner has had success in there. Why hasn't that affected them on the ground?

CHIP KELLY: Well, with their -- and it's all by game, so you kind of look at it where we had success as a group in the Jets game. DeMarco didn't play in the Jets game, but there have been times when DeMarco has played really well for us. It's the same message I've told our team: There have been times when we haven't played very well this year; there have also been times when we've played really well this year, and that's why I have always believed we have a good football team. When we all play well, we're a pretty good operation. So I've got confidence in all of those guys. You'll see all those backs again this week. They're all going to -- if [RB] Ryan [Mathews] makes it through the week and can play, then he merits playing time; Darren merits playing time; Kenjon merits playing time. They all merit playing time.

Q. If Murray is the player you expected when you signed him, then why give that contract to a player who is playing 14 snaps a game?

CHIP KELLY: He played 14 snaps in this last game, because again, we had 50 snaps overall. We didn't have the third quarter that we normally have. When we go in every other game we've had, he has been the leading ball carrier. So we're going to make game plans this week that are going to help us win the Buffalo Bills game, and there is not much else I can say about that.

Q. I believe that with a player that has 150 or more carries in this season, he is last in average yards per run. Why is that the case?

CHIP KELLY: Because we haven't been successful overall offensively the way we'd like to be.

Q. What kind of run plays did Murray have success with in Dallas, and have any been implemented here in Phila --

CHIP KELLY: They were a stretch. They ran some counter sweep, which we run some of that. I know he had 42 carries from the gun for 206 yards, so for a 4.8-yard average. So he had success running out of the gun. He had success running from under. I mean, they were a good football team last year, and they did a really nice job in terms of what they were doing offensively, but it's a different dynamic. You've got a wide receiver outside that's going to get doubled on every play because he may be the best receiver in the game in [Dallas Cowboys WR] Dez Bryant. You've got a Hall-of-Fame tight end. It's a different dynamic in terms of how people defended Dallas [and] in terms of how people defend us. To compare what he was like in this to what he is now, you've got so many different moving parts, it's not a -- I don't think the comparison fits in any aspect of the matter.

Q. What about with a quarterback under center as opposed to in the shotgun? I think the stat was that he ran from 91 percent was when the quarterback was under center compared to 17 percent now. He seems to be more comfortable with the quarterback under center?

CHIP KELLY: Yeah, but in college he ran from the gun every single snap, so how many snaps did he have there? And he knew coming in, just like we knew coming in, what we were going to do. We never had any discussion that we were going to change our system, you know? The only discussions we had -- this is why I like DeMarco, is we all talked about winning when he came here on his visit. And Ryan Mathews was here on his visit when DeMarco came. They both knew exactly what we were trying to get accomplished here.

Q. How much does it help having RB Ryan Mathews back? What does that add to your rotation?

CHIP KELLY: It'll help. I think the one thing [is] he may be the most explosive one we have there. When you watch the run against -- with the groin, the run against Carolina where he hits the home run from 60, and I think he has got that kind of extra gear, I think, than all of those guys. I think that that helps, but we also know you can't saddle him up and go with him because he has been out for an extended period of time, and we're easing him back into where he is. But any time you can get a player like Ryan back, I think it should help us on the offensive side of the ball.

Q. Why did you release former Eagle WR Miles Austin?

CHIP KELLY: We were trying to get another guy in here at outside linebacker. We decided we really liked Means [LB Steven Means]; we had him in here for a workout. We were afraid Houston was going to put him up and then we wouldn't get an opportunity to get him. It's kind of that time of year where people are kind of looking at practice squad players and which guys actually go up, which guys come down. It was about this time last year when we ended up getting [S] Jerome Couplin from Detroit, kind of in a similar situation. He's a guy we kind of coveted, and then we had to have a roster spot for him. We were over at receiver; we had seven receivers on the 53, and we usually carry six on the 53.

Q. What have you thought of the way Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has played this year and what does a dual-threat quarterback do for an offense? Obviously he can run the ball, but the overall offense, what does he do?

CHIP KELLY: It's a different dynamic, and it's similar to playing -- not that he's the same player as Cam [Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton] because Cam is obviously a different body type and whatever, but when that quarterback has the ability to run, it's different. It's different in how you cover because now if he's -- if you play a lot of man under, two-deep man under where the defensive backs have their back turned to the quarterback and it's third-and-10, if they're all covered, he can tuck the ball and run for the first down. And you just start to -- now your rush lanes -- the rush lanes against Tyrod are different than the rush lanes against a [Patriots QB] Tom Brady, just because you're not worried as much as Tom taking it and tucking it and running for a first down, but you really have to be concerned with Taylor in that situation. They do have some designed quarterback runs similar -- not similar, but it's like facing Carolina because they have designed quarterback runs. He'll run some zone read, where you now have to -- do you tackle the back; if you tackle the back, the quarterback is a threat on the perimeter. Other teams run some of that, but the quarterback is not as much of a threat, so you feel like you can tackle the back and then rally to the quarterback. It makes you play a little bit more assignment defense going into a game like that because of his ability to run the ball. He can really hurt you running the football.

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