Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Kelly on challenge decision, Henery miss
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA – Upon further review, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly doesn’t think his replay-challenge procedure needs any further review.
There was a play, a 36-yard completion from Green Bay’s Scott Tolzien to Jarrett Boykin, that Kelly should have challenged. The replay shown on the FOX broadcast showed Boykin’s hand touching down out of bounds before he got a second foot down.
The catch, which came on third-and-9, gave Green Bay a first down at the Eagles’ 35-yard line. A reversal wouldn’t have forced a punt, as the Eagles were called for offside on the play. But it would have forced Tolzien to make another third-down conversion from his own end of the field.
Kelly gets advice on replay reviews from assistant coaches who sit on the pressbox level and have access to the TV feed.
“They said they got one clip up in the box,” Kelly said Monday. “They saw both feet down. Couldn't really tell where the elbow was. Then they were snapping the ball and going. … There was really no discussion after that.”
Kelly didn’t know what feed his coaches can see, but the standard is for the national broadcast to be on the monitors in the coaches’ box.
That Packers drive ended with Brandon Boykin intercepting Tolzien on a throw for Jordy Nelson in the end zone. So the lack of a challenge didn’t cost the Eagles any points – this time.
• According to general manager Howie Roseman, speaking on his weekly radio show on 94.1 FM-WIP, safety Earl Wolff's knee injurycould keep him out of action for “multiple weeks.” Kelly didn’t give any update on the Eagles’ injuries.
Meanwhile, Roseman indicated that injuries to linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee) and left tackle Jason Peters (quad) were not as serious.
Kelly said Najee Goode played in place of Kendricks, but that Emmanuel Acho is the backup for DeMeco Ryans, the other inside linebacker.
• As for Michael Vick, Kelly said the injured quarterback tested his hamstring with a good pregame run at Lambeau Field. But Vick is not expected to be able to participate fully in practice Tuesday.
• Kicker Alex Henery missed a 39-yard field goal Sunday. Kelly blamed it on the wind swirling around Lambeau Field.
“When you watch it on tape, he hit it right down the middle,” Kelly said. “I talked to Alex about it. He thought he had it. We talked to [holder] Donnie Jones about it. He said, ‘Coach, I saw it go right off his foot. It was heading right down the middle toward the goal post, then it got pushed with the wind.’ Their kicker (Mason Crosby) had the exact same situation. Blew it the same way.”
Crosby missed two of four field goal tries. Henery hit two of three. But he has missed five of 21 field goal tries this season, including three from under 50 yards. And his range has led to a couple of Kelly’s more debatable in-game decisions.