Coming off a bye-week, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly stressed the importance of focus in a press conference on Tuesday. Players and fans alike have a tendency to look to far ahead, instead of looking solely on the present when it comes to the upcoming schedule. With only five games left in the regular season, Kelly was asked how he keeps his players and coaches focused on the finish line.
“Finish line means nothing if you don’t take care of it this week. It doesn’t ‑‑ I mean, I think it’s very obvious to everybody involved. I mean, we’ve already lost five games, so we can’t put ourselves in a situation. There is no leeway. I mean, we’re a one‑week operation, and it’s just about the Cardinals. And that’s the way it should be.”
Kelly continued to explain how expectations and looking to far ahead can hurt you as a team.
“I think too many people can get caught up in the stuff where what’s going to happen down the road and who’s going to be here, and then you always get surprised. I mean, there’s a million examples that you can point to, but when we meet, we meet to talk about the Arizona Cardinals. So if I have to explain to these guys that we need to not focus on them and focus on somebody else, I think they would think I was crazy. They’ve got a good mindset, and I think they’re in a good spot right now. They seemed excited at the team meeting this morning, and we’re ready to get back to work.”
The Eagles have a tough schedule ahead as four of the last five teams they’ll face have winning records going into Week Thirteen. Sitting tied with the Dallas Cowboys at 6-5, and having lost to them earlier in the season, Kelly and his focused Eagles have some ground to make up in order to secure the NFC East divisional title and a playoff berth.