The Eagles are fresh off one of the worst losses this season against the Giants, and head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters after the game about injuries to Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown, as well as what they failed at against the Giants and how they’re moving forward to prepare for the Bucs.
Here’s what the head coach had to say:
- Sirianni said that Jalen Hurts was able to come back in and play after suffering a finger injury, and is tough as heck. He also pointed out the QB was able to throw the ball when he went back in the game, but also acknowledged he hadn’t talked to the training staff yet.
- The head coach pointed out A.J. Brown was at the locker room doors greeting the team after the game, and he feels terrible anytime a player has to deal with an injury. He’s hoping Brown is okay, but they’ll see as the weeks progresses.
Recapping the Giants game
Sirianni was honest about not coaching or playing well enough on Sunday, and said there’s not really an explanation for how poorly things went in the first half, other than they didn’t do the things needed to be successful — starting with him.
Like they do with every game, they’ll review the tape, make the corrections, and then quickly get on to preparing for Tampa Bay.
“Obviously, we’re all gonna be pissed off after this game — yes, you have to flush it, yes you have to move on, you have to flush this last month.”
Sirianni was asked about pulling starters like Jalen Hurts, Lane Johnson, and Jason Kelce before halftime. He explained that when they were down 24-0, knowing the Cowboys-Commanders game was close, the head coach opted to give guys some rest since it was a three-score game.
Preparing for the playoffs
The head coach said that there’s still a lot of belief in their locker room, noting that a lot of teams would like to be in their position making the playoffs.
“We’re in the playoffs, and we’re moving on to Tampa Bay, and everybody’s got to give everything they’ve got this week.”
Sirianni said it’s all-hands on deck this week from the coaches to the players, and the staff.
When asked about his standing in the locker room, he noted that was a question for the players, but pointed out that even though they lost 5 of their last 6 games, it doesn’t discredit the rest of the season to that point.
Despite not seeing much improvement the past few weeks, Sirianni said he still believes in the players and coaches, and that gives him confidence they’ll turn things around heading into the postseason. He emphasized that every team is 0-0 starting this week, and they don’t have to win every game at once, just take things one day and game at a time.
There are a lot of players and coaches with playoff experience that they’ll lean on, and the thing that gives him the most confidence, is knowing that they don’t give up.
“None of us are quitters. We all get up off the mat when we’re down, and we get up, and we keep going. When you get hit in life, when you get hit in football, you got two options — you can stay down, or you can get the F up. And I know this group is fighters. I know this group will get up. I know that we’ve all been through things in our life, that we’ve all had to deal with shit, and we know how to get up. And that’s why we’re all sitting in this room.”
- When asked about the defensive struggles this week, Sirianni noted that they were a little different this week compared to last, so it’s not just one thing. Still, they have to get things corrected quickly and move on to Tampa Bay.
- He said that they didn’t have enough answers for the blitz against the Giants, and Sirianni took ownership of that. When pressed about whether it was scheme or game planning that failed them, he admitted they just didn’t do a good enough job this week.