Eagles' Kelly on clock & playcalling

Posted: September 13, 2013

TURNS OUT Andy Reid and Chip Kelly have something in common after all.

"We never look at the clock," Kelly told reporters yesterday.

In fairness, the Eagles' first-year coach was talking about playcalling in his hurry-up mode, not, say, how he would approach driving down the field in the waning minutes of, oh, I don't know, the Super Bowl.

"The only time we would look at the clock is if the play clock was running down and we've got to get something in," Kelly said in his last session with reporters before Sunday's home opener against the San Diego Chargers.

"We don't have a set time, as far as, 'It's got to be snapped in this' . . . That's not how our minds work. We're not playing fast for the sake of playing fast, we're trying to make the appropriate call for down and distance and the hash mark . . . I could call plays rapid-fire, but if we're on the 1-yard line, I'm not going to call four verticals, because there's only 1 yard to go. You try to assimilate from where we are on the field, how far in the game, it's third-and-7, we're on the left hash, through our process of where we are in the game itself, how we're going to call plays and so on."

Kelly said the Eagles don't script the first 15 plays, as Reid did, but "we script all our situations, so we have first-down calls, second-down calls, third-and-short, third-and-long, red-zone calls, coming-out calls."

Cox responds to report

Defensive end Fletcher Cox was asked yesterday about the Yahoo Sports report naming him as one of five Southeastern Conference players who received improper benefits during their college careers through a former Alabama defensive lineman, Luther Davis, who is said to have served as an intermediary between agents and players.

"I knew about it a couple of days ago. I knew it was coming out," said Cox, who said he had no comment on the allegations. "I don't know what's going on" with the NCAA regarding the report, he said.

On Twitter, some fans at Mississippi State, where Cox starred, sent him critical messages. "I don't worry about those things. I barely check all of that," Cox said. "I'll just go forward with what I hear from my agent."

Cox is alleged to have accepted an airline ticket from Davis. Cox said yesterday he has known Davis since high school. Theirs might be ruled a pre-existing relationship under NCAA rules, thus making the benefit Cox supposedly received not an NCAA violation.

Cox, the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 2012, said he will not be distracted by the report.

"That's not on my mind," he said. "I'm not thinking about that. What ever happened, happened. No comment."


Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall was fined $20,000 for his horse-collar tackle of DeSean Jackson in Week 1 . . . Asked about quarterback Michael Vick seemingly not embracing the coaches' calls for him to put himself in harm's way less, Chip Kelly said: "Mike is honest," and that he reacts naturally on the field, when he sees a chance to block . . . Kelly shot down an observation about how much offense dominated Week 1 across the league. "It was 1 week. That's my theory," he said. Kelly said if there are three shutouts this week, everyone will be talking about how the defenses have caught up. "I don't think you can gain any statistical trends or knowledge or help from 1 week" . . . Corner Bradley Fletcher did not practice and seems very unlikely to play Sunday . . .

Kelly said he isn't looking at all the stuff on the Internet attempting to dissect his offense. "The only people I'm worrying about dissecting our offense is the Chargers," he said. "I don't have any time to figure out if 'Joe Anderson's' thought process on what we're doing on third-and-1 is . But if it's right, I may call him" . . . Tight end Brent Celek said rookie understudy Zach Ertz "progresses every week. He's getting better and better, not only in the run game but in the pass game. The sky's the limit for that kid. He's going to be a good player for a long time." Ertz has had some drops, but Celek said he "has the best hands on the team" and will not do that long term.

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