Chip Kelly Talks About Quarterbacks At The NFL Owners’ MeetingsBREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Kelly didn’t hide the fact that he’s very high on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
“Geno did a real nice job. I think Geno sees the game very well. He’s got a great understanding. Dana [Holgorsen] has done a great job with him in terms of his ability to run that system. He’s got a pretty good understanding of coverages, good understanding of protections.”
Coach Kelly has some good things to say about Arizona quarterback Matt Scott.
“I like him. Good, athletic quarterback. Good kid, competitor. That’s what this process is all about. We get to bring 30 people to our place to sit down and visit with them and get to know them a little bit better. A lot of guys you met at the Combine you get a chance to talk to them there so we’re just trying to be very thorough in our evaluation. But we’re not doing anything differently than 31 other teams in the league.”
Kelly was asked why he’d take a quarterback early with Michael Vick and Nick Foles already on the roster.
“It would make sense if they are the best player out there for us to take. We’re always looking to improve the team.”
On whether that quarterback would get on the field:
“The best players are going to get on the field so if he’s good enough he’s going to get on the field. If he’s not good enough, he’s not going to get on the field”
He was asked whether a quarterback would lose trade value if he’s not playing.
“I’m trying to get the best players on the field to win games right now. I don’t think anybody is thinking, ‘We need to play this guy in a regular season game to make his trade value go up.’ Whoever we play in the opening game we’re trying to beat them. We’re not worried about trade value.”
A reporter asked him what is the the first thing he looks for in a QB.
“I don’t think there’s a first thing, because there’s a million things, so there’s not one thing that trumps the other things. The ability to grasp the offense, number one, number two, how do they process it when they’re on the field. Can you take it from drill to practice? There’s a lot of guys that are great in drills, but when you get them in, they’re OK in 7-on-7, and more people get to 11-on-11 and they’re not as good as they look in drills. So how do they transfer that knowledge from a drill to practice, when you start to get in more team situations. You’re evaluating them as a football player. You’re evaluating, really, mostly when we’re doing 11-on-11 stuff, because that’s how the game’s played.”
The former Oregon head coach was asked about how much interactions he has had with the quarterbacks on his roster.
“I’ve talked to Nick Foles on the phone a couple of times, just to see how he’s doing, Michael’s been by the facility, but we can’t talk football until after April 1.”
Kelly was asked about his past success with a variety of quarterbacks.
“What we did is, we adapted, depending on who our quarterback was. If you’ve got a good coaching staff, that’s what you do. The best example in the NFL is John Fox. A year ago he had Tim Tebow, and went to the playoffs. Now he has Peyton Manning and runs an entirely different offense and went to the playoffs. When you’re good, you adapt to who you have.”
Chip was asked whether he needed one quarterback to step up and become the guy.
“I think you do. I’ve never been a two-quarterback guy. But I’ve also never been a two-quarterback guy, and I’ve said this before, when we were at Oregon, because it was always distinct that one guy was the guy. He separated himself. Because we allowed that evaluation process to be extended, it wasn’t ‘out of spring ball, we have to make this decision.’ So in the course of 37 practices, we had an opportunity for one guy to separate from the other guys, and it was – as I tell our guys, we don’t make the depth chart, you make the depth chart. You make it every single day you go out on the field and show us what you can’t do.”
Kelly was asked about what he would do if in the quarterback competition the QB’s don’t separate themselves.
“One of the things that allows me to think outside the box is I never deal with hypotheticals. You’ll kill yourself. I could have nine million different scenarios today, on March (20), what if Michael does this, what if Nick does this, and what if Dennis gets in the mix, and then what if Trent Edwards, and what if we draft a quarterback? I don’t deal with that, I just deal with what the reality is. I’m not a hypothetical guy. I don’t look at it that way, or have preconceived notions. I think when you do, you gotta change your mindset. You’re trying to influence yourself before the process happens … I’m trying to come to a conclusion, and we’re in March. The conclusion will come to itself, because it’s going to be played out on the field.”
A reporter asked him whether he takes away a quarterback running in practice.
“No, they got to grasp it all, and figure out what they’re good at, and then we formulate a game plan based on what we feel they can do and can’t do.”
The Eagles will have a private workout with Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel. One of the reporters asked Kelly how he felt about Manuel.
“I like EJ. I knew him coming out of high school, thought he had a really good career at Florida State. Big, tall, physical. Athletic specimen. We’re still in the process of evaluating everybody. EJ’s certainly somebody we’re excited about.”
One of the reporters asked him if he needs a franchise quarterback to win in the NFL.
“I think everybody approaches it the same way. We still have to play, so if you don’t have a franchise quarterback you just can’t throw your hands up before the game and go, ‘We don’t have Tom Brady, so we’re screwed today.’ Every coach’s job is to put their players in position to make plays. You have to adjust and you have to adapt. I think that’s where people make mistakes. Mike Shanahan did an unbelievable job. He had RG3 and he ran a certain offense. And then RG3 got hurt, Kirk Cousins went in the game and that offense changed drastically. Kirk Cousins didn’t have a carry. Now you watch that tape and understand that game. Hats off to what they did on offense.”
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