PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly talked to his players Tuesday about "perception and reality" -- including the perception that he was a candidate for a college coaching job and the reality that he planned to remain with the Eagles.
"I've never been leaving," Kelly said Wednesday. "That was my point, the difference between perception and reality. The reality is this. The perception is this."
Kelly cited linebacker Mychal Kendricks as another example.
"A lot of reports from the media said that we don't like Mychal Kendricks," Kelly said. "He doesn't fit our prototype of what we're looking for in a linebacker. Then all of a sudden we re-signed Mychal Kendricks. What's reported is the perception. The reality is we think Mychal is a great fit."
Kelly was addressing the team after three consecutive losses dropped the Eagles' record to 4-7.
Meanwhile, veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said this week during a show on WIP-94 FM that Kelly's methods don't hold players "accountable" for their mistakes. Jenkins said that players were called to task in full-team meetings when he was in New Orleans. With the Eagles, corrections are made by position coaches in smaller meetings.
"That's what we do every day," Kelly said. "When we meet individually and in position meetings, our coaches will go over every single play in the past game. The first thing we do on Tuesday is we address the game that we just played. We go over that in detail in each position group, as a group."
Kelly said the position coaches hold players accountable. The larger group meetings -- full-team sessions and meetings of the offense or defense -- have other purposes.
"Why don't I do that?" Kelly said, referring to correcting mistakes in larger meetings. "Because my right guard doesn't really care what our free safety does. It's not really efficient for [guard] Matt Tobin to listen to the instructions going on for our free safety. You want to get detailed in terms of making corrections, but that is done in the position group because you're working on those positions."
Kelly said he arrived at the current setup after consulting with others, including offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator Bill Davis.
"Everywhere I've been, it's been done that way," Kelly said. "What we do around here is what Pat did in Cleveland. It's what Billy's used to. We got a lot of input from a lot of guys. That's just what we choose to do."