As noted on Sunday following the Eagles-Redskins game, Philadelphia cornerback Cary Williams was not shy to criticize Chip Kelly despite the team getting off to a 3-0 start. In short, Williams said that he felt the Eagles work their players too hard. Williams seemed to blame some of his in-game struggles on how the team prepares for game-day.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly responded to those comments on Monday. First, Kelly appeared on the 94 WIP Morning Show and offered some thoughts.
"Cary actually didn’t really practice last week. So he was limited—he missed Wednesday and Thursday, just did some light things on Wednesday and Thursday and then Friday is obviously a walk through for us. So we monitor all of our players on an individual basis and then kind of what they can do and can’t do. So, we’re practicing the same way we’ve always practiced."
I believe we’re the freshest team in the fourth quarter. I think that if you look at what we’re doing in the fourth quarter of games.I think if you look at what we’re doing in the fourth quarter of games I thought our defense came up huge. Malcolm Jenkins too weeks in a row with interceptions in the fourth quarter was big for us. To force them after that short punt to go four straight downs and out at the end of the game and they were close to being in field goal range. I thought the way our whole team played in the fourth quarter obviously shows what type of conditioning we have.
Kelly was asked about Williams' comments again during his press conference on Monday. Kelly noted that he talked to Williams. "I have no problems with Cary," Kelly said. Kelly went on to say that Williams was "just frustrated."
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Kelly also confirmed a report from earlier on Monday that Kelce will have sports hernia surgery. Kelly did not offer an official timetable. Based on past examples, however, these injuries can keep a player out of action anywhere from six to eight weeks.
David Molk will start in place of Kelce in the meantime. Kelly noted that veteran Wade Smith is also capable of playing center.
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Kelly gave a (non-)update on the status of injured inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who suffered a calf injury in Week 2 and sat out of Philadelphia's Week 3 game against Washington. Kelly on Kendricks: "It's a muscle, so I don't know how long it'll be." A report from last week indicated that Kendricks may miss the Eagles' game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4.