Senior Offensive Assistant Freddie Kitchens
Q: What would you say has been your emphasis since you've taken over the play calling? What are you most trying to accomplish?
A: Trying to run the ball more efficiently and effectively. I think that's where it all starts with any offense. I think we made a concerted effort to try to do that. Sometimes you have more success than others and your goal every week is to be able to run the ball.
Q: How much do you view this time as an opportunity to show everyone around the league that you can be a play caller, this is a position you've done before and you've done well?
A: I don't really think of it at all, to be honest with you. I truly go out here every day and try to get better as a coach and do what I can to help the players succeed and put them in position to have the opportunity to be successful. That's where my main focus is rather than what I'm going to be doing in my career.
Q: Does it mean you want to be the full-time OC next season?
A: I always want to advance my career. I think if you're in this business to not do that, what are you in it for? We coach at the highest level of football and so you try to do the best job you can every day and wherever it takes you, it takes you.
Q: For five games with you calling the plays, how would you assess the performance of the offense?
A: Oh, we just try to get better each and every day. I don't think this is the time to assess what we do better, what we do worse. We're going out there today to try to get better today and I think just maintaining focus on that on a day-to-day basis is where it's at.
Q: How challenging is it to find a pass play that works right now?
A: Well again, we try to put guys in position to make plays. Their job is to make the plays, our job is to put them in a position to make the plays. Everybody involved can do a better job of that.
Q: Is part of the problem in the play calling for the offense at this point is that the line is struggling? I assume you'd call different things if you had the Eagles run game?
A: You know I think those guys are continuing to work better. They've played well at times. Everybody's kind of played well at times. We've got to try to fit it together and all play well at the same time.
Q: Do you feel there's pressure on you and you guys as a staff right now to have a more competent offense these last two weeks to just reinforce what you guys are building here?
A: I think to simply answer your question, I think there's pressure to do the best job you can each and every time you go on the field. You try to go out and play and coach to the best of your ability and whatever the results are is the results. You can't be impacted by the scoreboard. You can't be impacted by the other team. You kind of just try to make it about yourself, do the best job you can, play the best you can and let the results fall where they lay.
Q: One of the guys who seems to be a bright spot is (Tackle) Andrew (Thomas). He seems to be playing pretty well, what have you seen from him last year when you watched him to where he is now?
A: I think consistency. I think Andrew played well at times last year. I think the expectation level for Andrew has gone up for himself and I know we had high expectations for him, but if the player doesn't have high expectations for themselves, it really doesn't matter. I think his expectation level went up, which caused his playing ability to go up. Everybody knows he's a talented player, but there's a lot of talent out there that doesn't really get there. Andrew's done a good job on a consistent basis. To simply answer your question, I'd say consistency. You know what you're going to get when you put Andrew out there.
Q: When you guys went to Chicago last year, it was his second game, and he was kind of swimming a little bit. They're going to see a very different player than they saw last time, I would imagine.
A: Hopefully, but I think that's part of growing. That's part of being a rookie and that's part of all those things he went through last year that helped him this year. You can't have one without the other sometimes. Andrew's in a different place than he was last year. Their team is at a different place than they were last year. Everybody's either evolving or going backwards and it's good to see that Andrew is evolving on the positive trend.
Q: When (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) is on the field, he brings that element of one step, and he could be gone. Is that something you try to take advantage of?
A: Yeah, you do. Anytime you have a special player like Kadarius on the field, you try to get him the ball as much as you can. Everybody in the stadium knows you're trying to get him the ball the most that you can, so any way you cut it, you try to get the ball to guys that make the plays. Yeah, of course.
Q: You've been the play caller for a good chunk here, why do you think it's been such a hard season for (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) to get going? Why is it such a struggle for him to get the ball?
A: Well, I think Kenny's continuing to try to work and refine his craft every time he goes on the field. Everybody wants more opportunities. Everybody wants to be successful in those opportunities. We're going to continue to try to do the same thing. We want to try to get the ball to Kenny. We want to try to get the ball to (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley). We want to try to get the ball to all these guys that have the ability to make plays. Kenny's not unlike any of the others.
Q: Is he getting open enough or do you guys just need to get him the ball more? Is there a fine line there?
A: I think that's a week-to-week thing. I'd say probably looking at the tape and see, and I know that's what we do every week. We try to make improvements every week as we go through it. He tries to make improvements, everybody's trying to improve, and I think Kenny's done a good job of kind of just staying the course and trying to make the plays that are there to be made.
Q: Does he fight for the ball enough for you?
A: Kenny's a good player and, like I said, everybody's trying to get better and compete. Kenny competes every day on the field, whether it's the practice field or the game field. He tries to do the best he can and we're going to continue to ask that of him and he's going to continue to give us the best that he can.
Q: What do you think are the best signs that what (Head Coach) Joe Judge and you guys are building here is heading in the right direction despite not getting the results?
A: Well, I think these guys are continuing to play hard. We don't worry about them playing hard. It's the fact that these guys go out to work every day on the practice field and every day on the game field. They try to put their best foot forward and be successful. Sometimes you don't get the results that you want, but it doesn't mean that's a lack of effort or a lack of opportunity or a lack of trying from a player standpoint. Football is a game about the players. The players are trying to do the best they can to their ability to be successful.