This is the transcript of Chip Kelly’s Monday conference call from Orlando.
Q: Do you have any update on Shayne Skov’s injury?
KELLY: No, we don’t. I know he’s gone to get an MRI. He’s not back yet.
KELLY: Or, I think he may be back, but we don’t have the information back yet.
Q: Obviously, winning the game takes precedence over everything, but are you encouraged by the way you were able to move the ball against the Dolphins?
KELLY: Yeah, but even more than that I’m just disappointed in how we really hurt ourselves in that game. On the drives that we’re stopped, all but one of them were our fault. We had the fumble in the red zone, and then a couple times some penalties put us back, put us in some long-yardage situations so it was tough to get out of those. But, I thought the offense did a nice job. Just wish with 475 yards of offense you could have more than 24 points.
Q: What kind of progress have you seen from Colin Kaepernick?
KELLY: Like I said yesterday, he’s just got more experience. He played starting the Buffalo game. It’s natural for anybody the first time playing in our system, our first time getting an opportunity to coach him – he has made a progression from game to game where you see improvement from him, which is what you’re looking for. I think that part of it is positive. I think in all facets – there’s not just one facet…It’s in everything – his pocket presence, his accuracy, his understanding and knowledge of protections and all that stuff. I think he has improved since the Buffalo game.
Q: From a physical standpoint, you had said back in August and September that you still hadn’t seen the 2012, 2013 version of Kaepernick. Does he look now like the guy that you watched on the T.V. those years?
KELLY: No, he’s still not where he was. I think back then, he was between 225 and 230 pounds. I don’t think he’s near that now. So, no to that answer.
Q: Is it possible that he never gets to that level and he can function well at a new weight?
KELLY: I don’t know. I’m not concerned about that right now.
Q: He got hit pretty hard on that last tackle. Did he suffer any injuries to his legs the way they buckled, or maybe upper body?
KELLY: No. He wasn’t on any injury list today. So, no, from what I understand.
Q: The run defense was an issue for many weeks, but they played really well yesterday. Was that the most positive thing you saw from the defense yesterday, and what’s the most concerning aspect of your defense going forward?
KELLY: I thought our run defense played well yesterday. When you hold (Jay) Ajayi to 45 yards, one of the premier backs coming in, I think our guys did a good job. I thought they tackled well, by and large. But on the negative side, some of the pass-coverage stuff, we’ve got to do a better job just contesting balls. There were guys there, but we need to make a play on the ball when it’s in the air.
Q: What have you seen from the pass rush? Obviously you’ve played without Aaron Lynch for eight games, but did you expect more from those guys stepping in?
KELLY: No, we got what we expected out of those guys.
Q: Are you satisfied with the pass rush?
KELLY: I think we’re getting good effort from the guys that we have.
Q: About what time did you guys get into Orlando last night, and how is everybody settling in? And what’s the scene like there for you?
KELLY: Umm…what time did we get in. I have…I dunno. Eight? Nine? Something like that? Everything in the hotel is great. Great setup. It’s just like a normal Monday for us.
Q: One more Kaepernick-weight question. Do you want him to get back to 225, 230? I mean, is that…
KELLY: Whatever you want him at, I’ll tell him that’s what he can be at. I’m good with his weight right now. He’s not going to gain 35 pounds or whatever he needs to gain that quickly. We keep getting that question. I’m not concerned about his weight. I mentioned it at the beginning just to say where he was physically. But, I’m not really concerned about his weight.
Q: How do you feel about the way Rod Streater stepped in and played in Quinton Patton’s absence?
KELLY: I thought Streat did a real nice job. He does a good job after the catch and has been playing really well for us on special teams. So, we were happy with the way Streater played.
Q: You guys have gained almost 500 yards in two of the past four games. Is that related to Colin, is everyone getting on the same page, understanding a new offense, or what do you attribute those pretty healthy numbers to?
KELLY: Nah, I just think our guys are doing a better job and doing the things that we need to do to execute offensively in this league. It was only Colin’s sixth start in this system. It’s good to get a healthy Carlos – he’s been banged up since the Buffalo game a little bit. I think against the Patriots he was healthy, and in this game he was really healthy. We’ve been fortunate with our health in the offensive line. Really everybody that was available to us on the offensive line was there. And I think they played hard.