As a public service, I've interpreted some of Chip Kelly's responses from his Monday news conference. Hope it helps:
Q: The way the season has gone, do you regret any of the moves you made in the offseason?
What Chip said: "Nah, I don't look at it that way. I'm looking at it as we've got to finish this season off the right way. We'll do a full evaluation when we're done.''
What Chip meant: "Looking back on it now, I'm pretty sure I had just taken some of that don't-operate-heavy-machinery pain medication when I gave the go-ahead to sign DeMarco Murray and wasn't thinking clearly. I blame Ed Marynowitz for that. He should've had the good sense to stop me. And trading LeSean for Kiko, I really don't what the hell I was thinking there. Seemed like a good idea at the time.''
Q: Has having the dual role of being the head coach and head of personnel been more taxing than you expected?
What Chip said: "No, not at all. Again, I'm not the general manager. I don't run the personnel department. I'm not in charge of scouting. I don't tell our scouts where they're going (to scout). The only difference (from before) is that I was in control of the 53-man roster, and now, I'm in control of the (offseason) 90-man roster. My job has never changed. To say I'm the head coach and general manager, I'm not the general manager. I don't negotiate contracts. I don't do any of that stuff. I just have a say about who's on the 90-man roster as opposed to who's on the 53-man roster.''
What Chip meant: "I don't know where you guys got the idea that I'm the general manager. It doesn't say that in the media guide. I have absolutely no power here. They don't even let me pick out the music for practice. I didn't find out we had signed Miles Austin until I read it in one of your rags. If you're looking for someone to blame for all the horrible moves we've made since last March, Ed Marynowitz is your man.''
Q: Do you have a sense of how disappointed Jeffrey (Lurie) is right now?
What Chip said: "He's very disappointed. I don't think there's anybody here who's excited about the situation right now. Everybody in this league, if you don't make the playoffs, there's huge disappointment.''
What Chip meant: "Frankly, I've been purposely avoiding him. But he's been sending me some pretty nasty e-mails. The guy curses like a sailor. He's madder than my mother was the time I painted "growth mindset'' on the front of our house.''
Q: What if the owner decides that having you in charge of the 90-man roster isn't working, that it isn't the right setup?
What Chip said: "The owner can decide whatever he wants to decide. It's his team. He can do whatever he wants. It's always been that way.''
What Chip meant: "Hang on. My cell phone's ringing. It's the AD at Ball State. I've got to take this.''
Q: You go from being a top-10 defense going into the Carolina game to giving up 38 or more points in four of the last six games.
What Chip said: "It's disappointing. And it varies. You look at the Redskins game and we did a good job in rush defense, but in pass defense, not a very good job at all. In other games, like Tampa Bay and Arizona, we got the ball run on us. So it's different in each game. You do a good job of taking one aspect away. But you have to take more than one aspect away to beat good football teams. That's the frustrating aspect for us right now.''