Nick Sirianni is confident in the Eagles’ game planning and appeal process – .

Nick Sirianni is confident in the Eagles’ game planning and appeal process – .

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters on Friday afternoon after getting a chance to rate some of the movie of Thursday night’s loss, and he admitted they didn’t were not going to change their game planning and game call processes, despite their struggles. He also spoke about the offensive performance against the Buccaneers, their offensive identity and a bit of Zach Ertz and what he means to the team.

Here’s what the head coach had to say:

On game planning and game calls

Sirianni has confirmed that they have no plans to change the way they do things. They feel like they have a good idea of ​​how they’re going through these things, and he has guys on the squad with play calling experience who have helped him throughout games. He said they had a lot of confidence in their process, that they just had to execute and do better.

« [In terms of] auto-scout, every week, even a normal week, we look at our auto-scout, and we are constantly trying to think, especially more than anything, our run-pass ratio in different looks. Now we’ve been heavy, as we all know, but we still want to get close to at least 75 percent. Never go over 75% in anything because we know that’s where the defenses really look at that and make plans from that.

So, we are looking at our self-scout. We obviously have more time this week to be able to not only get into the run-pass ratio of things, but also to marry certain pieces together and also to get into what you do well as a team and what your identity is as a team. team and who you are as a team and what you’ve achieved as a team.

On the offensive performance against Tampa Bay

Sirianni said the lack of execution in the 1st and 2nd downs stood out because they were practice killers in the first half. He stressed – as he always does – that it’s up to the coaches not to put players in the best positions to be successful. The head coach went on to say that it was a combination of poor execution and play appeal that kept them from sustaining practices early on, and then, like against Carolina, they started to find a rhythm at the start. middle of the third quarter. .

“The first practice was obviously really good. You go down and get points. And then there was just that lull, and we just weren’t good enough – we just weren’t good enough on the 1st and 2nd downs.

So fair, obviously, being 3 out of 10 on the 3rd down, it’s far from acceptable in our standards. Then you had the chance at the end of the first half to lose at least 21-10, and we had two chances. The defense did a good job getting the ball back from us and we had the two minutes and then we returned the ball to them. We had a save, an interception, and then we had the other two minutes and we didn’t score any runs. It’s kind of where in the Carolina game you fell and scored points at the end of the half, and it really gave you some momentum for the second half, and we just didn’t run there for those two minutes. for different reasons. “

He said when you play like they did on Thursday it’s never one person, they all have to take responsibility and take responsibility for how things have gone.

Sirianni was asked to what extent his attacking plan was based on his philosophy compared to what he had as a quarterback. He admitted it’s a combination of the two, because zone reading, for example, wasn’t something they did a lot last year in Indianapolis, but they didn’t type quarterback they make at Jalen Hurts. Like he said before, the head coach talked about avoiding all extremes, so that’s not all, it’s not the end of the story, or let’s build an attack all around skills quarterback.

On the offensive identity of the Eagles

“Again, when you’ve struggled like we’ve struggled for the past two weeks, it’s like – that’s the question you ask yourself every time, what is our identity, what do we do? These are conversations that we obviously have as offensive staff.

Now, it’s not like when you first got here, we thought, “Okay, here’s where we are, let’s see what we can do. We have strong beliefs and a strong sense of what we think it is. Now do we know 100% what our identity is? No. I don’t think anyone in the NFL knows 100% what their identity is right now in Game 6. I think you’re still building – even teams that have been together for a long time, I don’t think – the pieces change from year to year. It’s probably a little less, but again, you’re growing every day and building up every day to find out exactly who you are.

Do we know much more than what we knew the first week? Sure. Do we know much more than what we knew in week four? Sure. We come to these things. We haven’t played well the last couple of weeks so I know what that might be like. I get it, guys. It might sound like “Hey, they don’t know what their identity is”. We are growing, we are finding out more and more every week, and obviously we are speeding up as much as possible to put our guys in the best position possible.

On Zach Ertz and the TE room without him

Sirianni spoke a bit about Zach Ertz’s exchange and his message to TE about how grateful he is to be around him as a player, person and leader.

“I was grateful to be around him. We shared a moment after the game yesterday and Zach was moved. I was able to go talk to him after that and let him know what I thought of him as a person and as a player because I have so much respect for Zach Ertz and everything he has done.

He is a wonderful worker. He’s been working on his game all the time, so no surprise he’s had the success he’s had, and he’s setting an example there. I just enjoyed getting to know Zach Ertz, the person.

The head coach went on to say he was happy that Ertz got that touchdown on Thursday night, but it’s not something that they went out of their way to make sure it happens, it’s just the game that happened.

As for what it’s like to lose that kind of leader in the locker room mid-season, Sirianni has noted that it gives other guys the opportunity to play that role, and he thinks there is. lots of guys who work hard and know how to lead always in the team. He also pointed out that losing Ertz doesn’t mean they lose everything he has done and taught along the way, and he leaves a legacy of how he worked and how he led others. guys to follow.

Sirianni also spoke a bit about how he and Ertz were able to connect, especially during an odd offseason for the tight end who was at times unhappy with the organization. The head coach noted that Ertz has always been a professional and they were able to bond early on.

“Zach and I started to just get closer with our love for wide receiver / narrow end racing, how to run roads. So, it was an instant connection. I’ve talked about this in the past, like yes the number one core value is connection and that’s so important and that’s why that’s the number one goal, but you always start that connection as a ‘coach-player because the player believes in you that you can improve him as a football player because you know what you are talking about as a football coach. We shared that same passion and similar love for the game. This is where we saw that we could help each other, and this is where our relationship was able to grow.

With Ertz gone, Sirianni acknowledged that much of the final load will rest on Dallas Goedert’s shoulders – a load that was spread between the two to six weeks. Now they expect Goedert’s role to grow and they trust the depth behind him with Jack Stoll, Noah Togiai, and Tyree Jackson. Sirianni later mentioned that there is no timeline for Jackson’s return to training, but they are anxiously awaiting when he can return.


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