Kelly Reflects On What Went Wrong


Chip Kelly likely expected there to be some bumps in the road during his first year as the Eagles’ head coach.

But a 32-point loss where his offense was shut out in the second half until the backups came on the field was not what he had in mind when he got on the plane to fly to Denver.

“Offensively, we had too many drops and too many penalties,” Kelly said. “I felt like we could move the ball on them. But we get the ball down there, we end up with field goals and that’s not gonna win. You can’t trade three for sevens with Peyton, and that’s obviously difficult. And then special teams, we gave up 14 points, had a kickoff return returned for a touchdown and had a punt blocked.”

Kelly opted for field goals on a 4th-and-4 from the Denver 17 and again on a 4th-and-4 from the Broncos’ 7. He also decided to punt on a 4th-and-6 from the Denver 37. Three opportunities to score touchdowns, and a total of six points on the scoreboard.

“I just didn’t want to give them that field if we didn’t get it, just make it that much shorter for them,” Kelly said when asked about the punt. “I thought we had been good at plus-50 punts. Thought we could just pin them and at least make them have to go the distance.”

Kelly added that he and special-teams coach Dave Fipp decided a 54-yard field goal attempt was not an option at that point.

Offensively, the Eagles moved the ball in the first half, but struggled in the third quarter. Kelly pin-pointed the first drive of the second half as a key. The Broncos had just scored a touchdown on a 10-play, 80-yard drive. The Eagles’ offense ran just five plays in 1:24 before punting the ball away.

Vick was 4-for-11 in the second half. The Broncos played man coverage and challenged the Eagles’ receivers one-on-one, a strategy the Eagles have now seen for three straight weeks.

Asked if the receivers had trouble getting off of press coverage, Kelly said: “I mean, at times they did, but at other times, I thought they created some real good separation and we had some big plays. You’re not gonna be open every single play, but I think our guys did get off [of press coverage] at times, and I think Michael put the ball on them, and we moved the ball…”

DeSean Jackson had two catches for 34 yards; Riley Cooper two for 25.

Asked if he saw effort from his team in the second half, Kelly said: “Did I feel like it was there? Overall, at the end, no, I mean, you get worn down in a game like this.”

Kelly gave the Broncos plenty of credit and made it clear that the Eagles need to move on and stay positive as they look ahead to next week against the Giants.

“I don’t think this is a ‘Holy smokes, this season’s over,’ ” Kelly said. “I think every week is a season. We knew this challenge was going to be very difficult coming in just because of how the Broncos have played in their first three games. And we gotta go play.”

The Eagles have off on Monday and will return to practice at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday.

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  • Andy124

    “I don’t think this is a ‘Holy smokes, this season’s over,’ ” Kelly said.No, but IF they were to lose next week (which I don’t expect)…….

    • theycallmerob

      and would that still be really different than what we expected going into this season? Could (should) be 2-2 right now, after that brutal first slate. Given everything expected of this team, the only real disappointment is how poorly the WRs and OL have played these past few games. And of course, Vick too. I expected a better showing out of that side.

      • Dubiy

        I think we had the right expectations in the off season but after the game at Washington everyone just expected more

      • Andy124

        would that still be really different than what we expectedNot sure how to respond. Some expected a lost season so we should play for the future. some expected us to compete in a very weak division, which isn’t untrue so far. So do whatever it takes to win today. Which “we” are you referring to?Because the second we should pretty much start writing their conciliation speeches IF we lose next week (Which I repeat, I don’t expect).

        • theycallmerob

          reckon the truth lies somewhere in between. Wouldn’t consider it “lost”. akin to last year’s disaster, but I was never really hyped to aim for that playoff spot. You saw how quickly fans went into “win now” mode, and I don’t think this team needs anymore outside/media created hype. Man, can you imagine the Vick conversation we’d have next summer if we bowed out 1st rd in the playoffs? The division stinks, I wouldn’t be surprised if we back in. But these games exposed the true quality, as far as I’m concerned, of our team in 2013.
          I think we’ve played tough teams, but the TOs and poor execution must be improved. I’m not a Davis fan, but I think the problem is way beyond him, LeBeau, Buddy Ryan, or the ghost of JJ combined.

          Hopefully, whipping up on a poor (and similarly talentless) boosts the players’ collective confidence moving forward.

          • Andy124

            Man, can you imagine the Vick conversation we’d have next summer I just threwup in my mouth.

          • theycallmerob

            “he’s more familiar with the system now!”

            “didn’t you see, we made the playoffs!”

            “every qb peaks at 34!”

            Not to say he’s the only one, of course; there are many, many stopgap players currently starting.

          • Andy124

            Keep it up and I’ll drive to Baltimore and aim that puke for your pillow lol.BBaaS and T-Law are fond of asserting the Vick won’t be here next year. I wish I was so optimistic.

          • A Big Butt and a Smile

            I don’t see any reason why he would be. If we get to the playoffs than maybe. But I’m sure Kelly is gonna want his own QB and Vick needs to go where he can get the most money. He’s on the downside of his career and he should be thinking about his future.

          • #7

            How is someone on the downside of their career if you put the ball in the WRs/TEs hands and they drop the ball? Getting holding calls to kill drives?

          • A Big Butt and a Smile

            It’s an age thing. He’s 33. I’m not talking about his play, but realistically he’ll likely be playing for another 2-3 years.

      • All In Eagles

        Vick wasn’t spectacular but he wasn’t bad either. This team just looked lost. Every week we can blame someone different it seems.

      • KimbaFuzz

        I expected the Eagles to be 2-2 at worst right now, just because I always anticipated that KC game could go either way. That Chargers game hurts the worst because if the Eagles properly manage the clock down the stretch, it’s a win.

    • #7

      Victor Cruz got deep against the Chiefs which we couldn’t do. We can’t lose against the Giants. If Vick has to do the hero shit, so be it. We have to win

      • All In Eagles

        I hear ya, it’s not even about going 1-4 if we lose, it’s about having the Giants not going 0-5, can’t give them that.

  • jon h

    We got smoked, absolutely. Some of the reason there was no separation, though, was that our receivers were running 7-10 yards and then getting hit. That’s illegal contact. But we got smoked.

  • Dutch

    The offense looks pathetic with the receiving corps the Eagles bring. It doesn’t help when Celek is the best Pass catching Tight End on the roster which makes two Tight End sets pointless.

    The rest of the season the Eagles receivers will see man cover. There is no reason to play any other defense against the Eagles. Man cover takes the receivers out of the game totally being none can get open or clean breaks off the line. This is as pathetic as they come in the NFL.

    • All In Eagles

      And WR was probably one of our least worried about positions, how things change. And it wasn’t the loss of Maclin only, half the people on here were saying he’s a bust, it goes deeper than that.

  • Maggie

    Other teams have been massacred before, even good teams. They usually have a tendency to say, ouch, now forget it and get on to the next game. I remember seeing my favourite hockey team lose something like 7-0 a couple of times, one of the years they won the Stanley Cup. Let’s move on, folks. There is not one single thing a person can do to change the past, only the future. Blah, blah.

  • BlindChow

    Something doesn’t jive:

    “I felt like we could move the ball on them. … You can’t trade three for sevens with Peyton, and that’s obviously difficult.”

    Kelly opted for field goals on a 4th-and-4 from the Denver 17 and again on a 4th-and-4 from the Broncos’ 7. He also decided to punt on a 4th-and-6 from the Denver 37.

    Kelly clearly had no faith in his offense. If he truly felt he could move the ball, why didn’t he? At Oregon, where he trusted his guys, he’d go for it in these situations. And not just against the podunk Division III teams. Has the NFL spooked him into conservatism?

    • Dez Lender

      looks like it… he looks like Andy Reid 2.0… unwilling to adjust

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    They don’t deserve to have Monday off.

  • Max Lightfoot

    I hoped for that magical upset, but the Broncos are for real – they’re looking like the Patriots in 2007. I hope the FO sticks with Chip – it’s not his fault that Reid left this defense a smoking crater. This is a rebuilding season, but most of us here knew that, right? Gonna take a few drafts before we can kill on command. Go Eags!