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Quotes: Head Coach Chip Kelly



Q. There's a report you're considering shutting down DT Bennie Logan for the season. Is that accurate?**

COACH KELLY: Not accurate.

Q. What is Logan's status?

COACH KELLY: He's day-to-day right now. We'll see how he is as we get closer to the game.

Q. If Logan can't go how has DT Beau Allen been playing?

COACH KELLY: I think Beau's done a really nice job. We'll rotate those guys, him, Ced [DE Cedric Thornton], and [DE] Brandon Bair would be active if Bennie can't go. We'll still have a six-man rotation on the defensive line.

Q. How is Bair at nose tackle?

COACH KELLY: He is not a nose. I said Beau and Ced. Ced could play in there. Fletch [DE Fletcher Cox] has played in there. We have done a lot of different things there.

Q. How are DB Eric Rowe and CB Byron Maxwell coming along?

COACH KELLY: Rowe is cleared; he should be out at training today. And Max [CB Byron Maxwell], I don't think we'll get anything out of him today, but we'll see how the week progresses with him.

Q. How was the phone call to DE Fletcher Cox last night regarding him making the Pro Bowl?

COACH KELLY: Good and well-deserved. I think it's probably a little later than it should have been. I think he played at that level last year. He was happy, excited and deservedly so. I think he has played extremely well this season, so we are really happy for him.

Q. How do the Washington Redskins look now compared to when you played them back in October?

COACH KELLY: They're a little bit different. Obviously they are getting great quarterback play right now. [Washington Redskins QB] Kirk Cousins is playing outstanding; this kid is completing a real high percentage of passes. He's also very active with his feet. He had a 13-yard touchdown on Sunday against the Bills. You got to be aware of, not only how good they are in the run game with [Washington Redskins RB] Alfred Morris, but now with the bootlegs and the play-actions off of it because of Kirk's athleticism. But I think he's completing a real high percentage of passes. He's doing a really good job with them on the offensive side of the ball. We're going to have our hands full with that group.

Q. How is the secondary different with Washington Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall?

COACH KELLY: They've moved him to safety. I think [former Washington Redskin] Trenton Robinson, who played against us in the first game, is now not there, so I think they're trying to get their best guys on the field. When you have a veteran like that, that has played so much, and we have such respect for him in terms of what a good football player he is, I think he has added to that group in terms of just a smart, heady, veteran football player back there playing safety.

Q. Obviously Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson didn't play the first game. What kind of dimension does he add that is different?

COACH KELLY: He adds a different dimension. I think you could concentrate more on Garcon [Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon] in our first matchup, but now you can't just concentrate on Garcon, you have to also concentrate on DeSean, and actually [Washington Redskins TE] Jordan Reed who is playing really, really well right now too. They have three formidable guys there. When they get into 11 personnel and put Crowder [Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder] on the field, then you have four guys you really have to worry about. It spreads you out a little bit in terms of who has to get your attention. But all of those guys need your attention.

Q. Do you find that Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is playing a lot better because he has that extra level with Jackson?

COACH KELLY: I think Kirk Cousins has played well all year long. Then you add that they have DeSean with them, I think that makes them an even better operation.

Q. What makes Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed such a tough matchup?

COACH KELLY: He's very athletic. I think he has got a real good skill set in terms of how he runs routes. He's almost like a receiver in terms of his ability to run routes, which is a compliment to him. It becomes a tough matchup because if you got three receivers on the field and him, you're in 11 personnel, how do you match up with all those guys? I think he's as tough a matchup as a tight end as there is in the league right now.

Q. How has Kirk Cousins grown in his first year as the full-time starter?

COACH KELLY: He's more settled in with what they're doing offensively, not that he wasn't before. But I think that's just the maturation for any quarterback the more experience you get and the actual game reps under fire, [the more mature you get as a football player]. I think he has really seemed to flourish under that. When you watch the tape, I think the thing that stands out is his repetitive accuracy. He's extremely accurate with the football. It doesn't seem like he's putting the ball in harm's way. Not only is he completing it, he's always putting it in the right location.

Q. Is Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan a standout linebacker?

COACH KELLY: He's an outside linebacker in their base defense. Obviously he does an outstanding job at that, but when they get to their sub packages, he'll play defensive end for them. You really have to be aware of where he is.

Q. Is he always on your left side?

COACH KELLY: No, they move him around, so you can't say, 'Hey, he's always going to be here.' [Washington Redskins defensive coordinator] Joe Barry, since he has come in and taken over, that defense has done a really good job with those guys, in using both the odd front and the even front, and moving those guys around. You got to know where he is. They've got two real good inside guys in Knighton [Washington Redskins NT Terrance Knighton] and Baker [Washington Redskins DL Chris Baker], that are really guys that you have to worry about just because of their size and their ability to stop the run. Washington Redskins LB] Trent Murphy is playing well. The rookie, Smith [Washington Redskins LB Preston Smith], is playing really well, too, so they've got some moving parts around there. They're moving those guys around, so you can't say they're always lined up in the same spot.

Q. What impact has Washington Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan made in his first year there?

COACH KELLY: Yeah, I've got great respect for Bill; he's one of the best offensive line coaches in the National Football League. You could see how that group is playing as a group. He has got obviously one of the better tackles in the league in Trent Williams. But he has got some young guys inside that you can see their growth and how they've grown, in the way Washington does such a good job in complementing their run game and their pass game. There's not one facet that you can say, 'Hey, we can stop this. If we stop this going into the game, we're going to be in good shape.' With [Washington Redskins RB] Alfred Morris and that group of backs they have there and how well they're blocking things up front, you have to be very leery of their run game. You also have to be leery, as I talked about earlier, of Kirk and all the receivers and the tight ends. Bill has had a huge impact on what they're doing.

Q. With respect to QB Sam Bradford, how big a factor is the familiar personnel aspect for him in knowing his receivers much better now and what they can do, and what they like to do than maybe two months ago?

COACH KELLY: That's a good point. I think, again, that maturation for any quarterback, not only do you have to get familiar with the system that you're running, how things are called, where people are, what the progressions are, how the protections are changing and all that,  but then the nuances on how the individuals run those routes and just getting comfortable with them. I think you can see that. That's why we've seen Sam progress here on a weekly basis where there's just the comfort level that gets better and better as he gets more experience. As I said before, you look at the quarterbacks that are playing really well in the league right now, then see how long they've been in their system and how much time they have out there. That's the one thing you can't substitute for anybody. But to watch Sam on a weekly basis, I think he really has improved and I think that's a big part of it.

Q. One of the things Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur was saying yesterday is not only have WR Jordan Matthews and WR Josh Huff improved from Year One to Year Two, but also within Year Two. Is that something you notice, especially with Huff, as the year has gone on?

COACH KELLY: Yeah, I think Josh, again, last year was a different year because he missed the first four or five. So he was behind in terms of his rookie year. But I think we were excited about his prospects, and I think you're starting to see that. He caught a big slant route against Arizona the other night. He's an explosive player who is a real physical player for us and can do a lot of different things for us. We have seen progress from him. I think in Jordan's situation, early in the season, he was struggling catching the football. I think he has really come out of that. Now you're starting to see him do what we thought he could do here as we keep moving at the end of the year and we keep going.

Q. What do you think you have to do in this game against Washington to win? What is the one critical talking point you told your team that you've got to do well to win this game?

COACH KELLY: I think, in any game, it becomes a turnover battle in terms of us being able to protect the football against a really good defense that does a good job of taking it away. When you look at the games where we've been successful, we've protected the football on the offensive side. By the same token, can we force Kirk and that group on the offensive side to turn the ball over to us? I think it's going to come down to turnovers, to be honest with you.

Q. Looking at Sunday's game, is there any way to make sense of what happened from the first three quarters to the last quarter for Bradford? Did he change his style at all in the fourth? Was it situational? He had a strong first three quarters, but then had turnovers late.

COACH KELLY: I think he only had one. Yeah, again, I think the last one, there were two minutes to go in the game and we're throwing the ball up versus eight guys dropping. I don't really look at that one. The other one I just think he got flushed up in the pocket, it just came out a little bit behind the back when it should have gone in front of the back. I think he played really well up until that point, so I don't really look at it as three quarters versus four quarters.

Q. When you address your team, is there ever a motivation from you as a head coach, or does it come from the players, to not the let other team clinch a playoff spot in your house?

COACH KELLY: We're not talking about clinching or anything, we're talking about winning the game. But we're not concerned with them, we're concerned about ourselves. If we lose, we're out. It's not about did they clinch or did they not clinch? I think you're getting a little too far and deep in your motivational aspects of things. Bottom line is if we don't win the game, we're out of the playoffs. I think that if that's not incentive enough and if I have to keep looking for things after that, we're in trouble. I don't think our guys are going to play harder because they look at, 'Hey, not only if we lose [we're] out, but they get to clinch, so let's play harder or train harder.' I think that's kind of silly, to be honest with you.

Q. You've done a good job bouncing back this year. How do you bounce back for this particular game and come back in a short week?

COACH KELLY: You have to. I mean, you don't have any time in this game to say, 'Hey, let's reminisce about what we didn't do well against a really good Arizona Cardinals team.' It's about moving on. Kind of everybody has that mindset. You got to make your corrections from what you did the week before in terms of looking at what the positives are, and then if there were any positives, can we build on them? And then [look at] what the negatives are, and how did we get into those situations? What did we do wrong? What are the corrections we have to make? Then, you have to totally immerse yourself in your next opponent. Our next opponent is a real good Washington team. It's a division game; it is for the playoffs; it's all those things. We got to go, just like we got to go [practice] now.

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