As NFL seasons ebb and flow, team press conferences tend to get a little monotonous as coaches grow defensive, and players are just as frustrated as fans. Things have been moderately tame in Philly under head coach Nick Sirianni... that is, until recently.
The Eagles haven’t looked great all season. Parts of the team have shined at times, but despite being 10-1, there is hardly a game to look back at and see a complete performance. Winning in overtime against the Commanders, losing to the Jets, watching a never-ending rotation of players try to fill the nickel CB role — it was all ugly. So ugly, that when the team lost to the 49ers and then the Cowboys, it was almost expected.
By the time the Eagles had to face two of the top NFC teams in the league, they were tired and hurt, and getting past those two games (should have) set the stage for a strong finish with the Seahawks, Cardinals, and two Giants matchups left. Instead, the team lost all but one of those games, and failed to gain any kind of momentum heading into the postseason.
Not only was the on-field stuff concerning, but perhaps even more troublesome were the media leaks, internal reports, and outward frustrations on display by players. Following the Cardinals game, neither A.J. Brown, nor Haason Reddick, spoke to reporters, and suddenly the state of the locker room became a bigger story.
With all the external noise permeating the walls of the NovaCare Complex, the standard press conferences have grown even more redundant. Company speak has taken on a whole new identity at this point in the season, especially with some of the mixed messages players and coaches have had the past few weeks.
During his press conference on Thursday, Jalen Hurts was asked about the last play against the Seahawks — a play A.J. Brown said they improvised, and Sirianni tried to classify as a play the QB checked to — he refused to address it and was honest about the overall situation.
“You don’t know what you don’t know.”
And, he’s right. We have no idea what’s going on with the team, either on the field or in the locker room, and the people who are tasked with opening the curtain to let media members and fans in, just a little, have seemingly no interest in doing so.