Everything Chip Kelly said Monday to recap Oregon, preview Stanford
UCLA dropped its first game of the season this past Saturday to Oregon, 45-30. On Monday, coach Chip Kelly met with reporters to break down the game and offer some thoughts on what he saw after digging through the tape.
Here’s everything he said, with video below.
On takeaways from the defensive performance upon film review
“Defensively, there were breakdowns at all three levels at certain times. It wasn’t just one thing that stood out — this position or this player. It’s a combination of everybody playing together, so it’s about making corrections and moving forward and getting ready for Stanford. We just had good meetings with our players and we watched the film like we normally do every week.
“It doesn’t matter if you win or if you lose, there are still corrections that have to be made on a weekly basis and that’s what we did in our meetings and then we’ll come out and get ready to play against a good Stanford team.”
On adjustments that need to be made
“It depends on the individual plays that were made and just communication issues on a couple of them, so we’ll get those taken care of.”
On whether they watch film thinking they can meet Oregon again in a Pac-12 title game
“No, we think about that all the time, no matter whether it’s a Pac-12 race or not a Pac-12 race, there’s an AAR after every game — our After Action Report, in terms of what we did well and what we need to continue to exploit and then what we need to be corrected. And that’s whether you win or you lose, so the formula for how we do things on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday is always the same regardless of the results that happen the week before.
“You can win games but there’s still a lot of mistakes that have to be corrected and you could lose games and play really, really well but there’s one or two things that have to be corrected. That’s really what the process is about every time when you go through it and that’s how it works for this team.
“The one thing I told those guys as I walked off the tunnel going into the game is it had been 357 days since we lost our last game, so I think we have to understand that — the last loss we had before that was on Oct. 30, 2021, and I think they righted the ship and did a great job finishing out the last season with three wins and then started off this season with six wins. There was only one other team in the country — Clemson — that had more wins than us over that span of time. This is a really good football team, we didn’t play up to what we should have played on Saturday. We’ll move on and we’ll see how the rest of the season turns itself out.
“Our whole mantra since the beginning of the season is, ‘Pick your head up in December and we’ll see if our body of work is good enough for us to have an opportunity to continue to play after December.'”
On how much Oregon’s talent contributed to breakdowns
“I think Bo Nix played really well, it was the first time I had ever seen him, I think Bo had a really good game. I think the Franklin receiver (Troy Franklin) is a good player. But they’re all correctable mistakes in our opinion.”
On whether he was surprised by the defensive performance
“No, we don’t have any anticipation going into games of what results are supposed to be. We play the game and then you make the proper corrections within the game and then you make the proper corrections after the game in terms of how it happened. We don’t have any preconceived notions of this should be this or this should be that — I don’t think I’ve ever felt like that going into games.”
On whether he thought there was a block prior to 10 yards on the onside kick
“Nope. Nope. We talk about every single time we take the field, you have to clear your cleats and make sure the ball is kicked. We were a little bit too deep in our initial alignment and our guys have to make sure that they are aligned in the proper spot. We’ve got to do a better job of making sure we rep it enough in practice so that they understand what’s coming, but it’s something we have repped in practice before, so this wasn’t a surprise onside to us. A lot of teams do that. It was a great play by them. I thought the kicker made a great kick, it traveled the proper distance, and they beat us to the football.”
On how he’s seen Jake Bobo improve throughout Pac-12 play
“I haven’t seen his abilities improve. This is the same guy that led the ACC in receptions last year, so Jake is what was advertised. Talking to Coach Cutcliffe about him … he’s been everything that Coach Cut said he was going to be. We envisioned him coming in here being the No. 1 receiver for us and I think that’s the role he’s really kind of grown into. He’s got great hands, he’s got a great understanding of how to attack coverages, he’s got a great understanding of when to sit down in zones and when to exploit man to man. He’s a little bit quicker and faster-twitch than I think people give him credit for just because he’s such a tall receiver, but what Jake is doing right now is what everyone kind of thought. … He’s been doing this for a couple of years now and that’s a credit to how good of a player Jake is.”
On his chemistry with Dorian Thompson-Robinson
“I think Dorian’s smart and knows that if you have a 6-5 guy that’s open all the time, you should throw it to him, and they’ve got a good relationship that way. Dorian knows if he throws it, there’s a pretty good chance it’s going to be a completion when he throws it up to Jake.”
On taking input from players when it comes to in-game concepts and strategy
“We talk about things like that all the time. There’s a lot of give and take with our players and the same thing goes on on the sideline. ‘Hey, I think I’m getting more inside leverage, I think we should go to this.’ Alright, if you feel like it. Because sometimes you can’t tell leverage when you’re on the field. Alright, well, let’s call this with an out-break rather than with an in-break, so yeah, that’s part of it.
“Now, you’ve got to know who you’re talking to because there’s some guys that when they tell you what’s going on and then you add the people up, there’s 13 guys on defense, so they’re probably not giving you the right picture. Now, there’s other guys that you can implicitly trust — Jon Gaines says something, you implicitly trust Jon Gaines. Some other guys say some things and you’re just like, ‘Tell me what you’ve got.’ (They answer), ‘I’ve got a 3-technique, a 5-technique, a 9-technique, a shaded nose, and two linebackers up above,’ then you draw the look up and go, ‘Was this the look?’ (They answer), ‘No, that wasn’t the look, it was…”
“When Jon tells you something happens, then yeah, when Dorian tells you something happens, yeah, when Jake tells you something happens, yeah. You listen to those guys because they get a better feel — hey, this guy keeps biting, every time I try to break in on a route, he’s biting on it. Alright, we’ve got counters to what other people do, so you have to get feedback from your players. But there’s also receivers that if you listen to them they’re open on every play. ‘I was open.’ Yeah, well, you were open because the ball was thrown over there and everyone ran over there and at the end of the play you were wide open but great, when the quarterback was ready to throw the ball were you open? And then they can’t answer that one.
“There’s guys and you know through practice and what goes on out there that when they say something, you can trust them and say, ‘All right, let’s try to do that.’ We talk about that stuff all the time.”
On Mo Osling having 17 tackles
“Yeah, you shouldn’t have the free safety make 17 tackles. But that also is a credit to Mo and the type of backstop that he is back there and I think he’s playing football at a really, really high level right now. We’re really pleased that he’s with us. But I don’t think that’s a recipe for success as you move forward unless you’re blitzing your free safety every play and he has 17 tackles, then that’s a good thing, but we weren’t blitzing Mo every single play, so we need to get a little bit more production (from the front) and get those tackles evened out. Then we’re doing a good job on the defensive side of the ball and when we have in our other six games, I think you could see that. He was up there with the leading tacklers but he wasn’t head and shoulders above them like he was on Saturday.”