Chip Kelly disputes notion of dissension on UCLA's roster
Chip Kelly is not worried about the potential for a rift on UCLA’s roster coming out of a 27-10 loss to Arizona. In that game, the Bruins finished with less than 300 yards of offense and went 6-for-14 on 3rd-down conversions.
During his Wednesday press availability, Kelly was asked about potential dissension or disunity between the offense and defense of his team. He refuted that idea but admitted everyone is frustrated following a loss.
Kelly believes his team is still close and connected but knows the team has to stick together following losses:
“No, I think anytime you lose everybody just gets frustrated and that’s part of the process you have to go through when you lose a game. I think that’s — you got to stick together as a team,” said Kelly. “We win as a team and we lose as a team, so that’s just part of the nature of when you lose that I think sometimes people try to divide you, and sometimes it’s the questions that are asked that try to divide when they answer them the way you guys asked the question. But I think this team is really close and really connected.”
Based on Kelly’s answer, the head coach was asked if he was saying the media has tried to divide the Bruins. Kelly was quick to deny that question.
“No, I didn’t say that. No,” Kelly responded.
While the Bruins did struggle against the Wildcats, it’s worth noting Arizona is on a hot streak with 3 straight wins and back-to-back home upsets of ranked opponents. As for UCLA, Kelly’s team gets a chance to respond with games against Arizona State, USC and Cal to wrap up the season.