The Eagles are now 4-0 to start the 2022 NFL season, coach Nick Siriani spoke to reporters after Week 4 match against Jaguar On what it was like to come from behind, how the weather affected some of their calls into play, and why they had such a hit in the two minutes before halftime.
Siriani stressed that he has great confidence in the team, from the players to the coaches, and that confidence is what drives some of the fourth downward calls and other situational decisions, because he trusts the whole group. He also said it’s great to be able to win in different ways, and while it’s never great to be 14 points down, it’s great to win in a different way and rely on different units.
Here’s what the coach also said:
On their mentality down 14 points
“We’ve talked about adversity, haven’t we? Have we had a lot of adversity? It’s not really true. In three games, we probably haven’t. We had a fight there in Detroit, but have we had a lot of adversity? Not right. And so, it was an opportunity.” Great to say, hi, we’ve talked about this, we’ve discussed this. You guys are built – you guys are here, and the reason you’re here is because you were built to be able to handle adversity.”
Siriani went on to say that not every game will be beautiful, and sometimes it will be muddy, and this was one of those situations. But the guys slipped on the floor and I think the defense is playing well. He admitted they gave up on a long run, but the reason they were under 14 was because the Jaguars put in a really good performance and finished it off with seven points.
He said it was a great example of their dog mentality, how they can be 4-0 but they have to focus on the next play, the next day, the next game. This isn’t just a week to week thing, but it’s also an in-game mindset.
On playcalling and play the game
Siriani was asked about the decision to go to him on the fourth and first days late in the game, and the coach explained that with the weather and everything, they felt it was the best decision in this situation. He didn’t want to go into too much detail about their decision making other than saying that they felt that this was the best move in this situation.
Later, the coach was asked about Miles Sanders, with Siriani emphatically saying: “Miles Sanders is our number one linebacker.”
“We will do whatever we need to do to win the football match, and of course the conditions will play into that. We look at everything, we take everything into account, and we ran the ball really well. I think our offensive line in the second quarter was rolling, and that’s a streak Good defensiveness – and I knew back in the Indy days, this is a really good line of defense.
\ But our offensive line, I’ll take over anyone in this league. I love that group – they are gritty, dirty, strong, physical, and we had to play some guys today. You can see what a good coach job is [Jeff Stoutland] Player development and the willingness of players to play who might not be playing. I have Jack Driscoll, Sawa [Opeta]These guys stepped in and did a really great job.”
Siriani mentioned earlier in the week that the entire defensive line had game balls last week for nine sacks, just as if the offensive line allowed for more than 200 yards – well, that’s what happened on Sunday against the Jaguar. The head coach said that if he had had eight balls in the locker room, he would have given them right after the game, but those players will get the game balls this week.
To be effective before the end of the first half
The coach was asked why they scored in the two minutes before the end of the first half.
“Quarter-bearing play. Really good playing and really preparing in that scenario. We spend a lot of time talking about football conditions, and that’s just appreciating the coaches I’ve been around in the past about how important situational football is and how much time you spend on it.”
Siriani wanted to be very clear that the players, though, are doing a great job with execution. He’s credited the entire process in those situations for doing their jobs, including every player and coaching staff, so when they’re in the field it’s just automatic.
About Galen Hurts’ Ball Security
“He knows how important it is to take care of football, and he can do it. He can go out and do football and take care of it. So, it’s huge, because that’s a key. It’s a key to winning and losing, and I think it goes up even when it’s chaotic outside. be able to perform under these conditions.”
On Doug Pederson
“I have a lot of respect for Coach Pedersen. First of all, I heard he’s one of the best people in this game and from multiple outlets – people in this building, people who played with him, people I know trained with him – he’s a top class person. You obviously are. You see what he does with the football team. He does a good job with the football team, and this is a tough team.”
on Hasson Riddick
Siriani has been saying for weeks that Riddick was about to have a big game, and now he has two games in a row. The head coach said the LB left-back has been really good at tire out errors, and Riddick is a fundamentally good person at making turnovers.
“I told him and Sean Bradley and Keizer White after the match, like, ‘Hey! There’s no such thing as winning at Philly!’ because they know it.”