Kelly: Coaches not alone in handling stress


PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly has often talked about how lucky he feels to have a job that pays him a lot of money to be around football. He was consistent when asked Monday about the stress of coaching in light of recent health scares affecting head coaches John Fox of Denver and Gary Kubiak of Houston.

"There's a lot of people that have stressful jobs," Kelly said. "There's firemen, policemen, doctors. There's everybody. I think whether you're a football coach or you're anybody, I think you should take notice of what happened and just make sure that you can be preventive in what goes on.

"But I don't think it's specific just to football coaches. I think there's a lot of people that have stressful jobs out there. And everybody should kind of not think about that, 'Hey, I got a job to do, I got to take care of it.' You have to have balance and take care of yourself."

Kelly accomplishes some of that with his attitude. He puts in the crazy hours that coaches routinely devote to their jobs. But he seems to enjoy doing it, and he's been known to point out that all of this is supposed to be fun.

That doesn't eliminate the stress, but it helps keep it from becoming overwhelming.

"I think everybody thinks about it," Kelly said. "I think it's really encouraged in this league. When we got here, everybody on our staff got physicals, it's a yearly thing. The organization's pretty proactive in terms of that aspect of it. But it is something I think everybody should be aware of."

  • Safety Patrick Chung has not lost his starting job to rookie Earl Wolff, Kelly said. The veteran was active Sunday after missing four of the previous five games with a shoulder injury. Wolff started, but Kelly said that had more to do with getting Chung back into action gradually. He reinjured the shoulder in Tampa and said afterward he came back too soon. "Pat hadn't been out there and Earl has," Kelly said. "Just trying to get Pat back involved. We were happy kind of how he responded and where he was, but it's a process of bringing him back in."

  • Running back Bryce Brown finally showed up in a meaningful way Sunday. Brown, who had just 98 yards on 38 carries (a 2.6 average) through eight games, carried the ball seven times for 54 yards in Oakland. "Yeah, I think Bryce did what we've expected Bryce to do and I think what Bryce expected of himself," Kelly said. "I think he did a really good job of squaring his shoulders up, not really trying to create something that wasn't there."

  • On the injury front, Kelly said left tackle Jason Peters may not practice early in the week because of an injured pectoral muscle. Kelly said Peters could have returned during the game Sunday if the score hadn't been so lopsided. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher also injured a pectoral. Kelly said it would be a wait-and-see situation for Fletcher.