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Nick Sirianni on Supporting Eagles Players During Damar Hamlin Situation

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Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since the Damar Hamlin tragedy on Monday night. He spoke about how the team has ensured there are resources available to the players, as well as how they balance tough coverage with preparing to play on Sunday.

Sirianni also spoke about the team’s use of QB, why Gardner Minshew was sacked six times against the Saints, and also gave some updates on injuries.

Here’s what the head coach had to say:


About Damar Hamlin and how it affected the team

Sirianni explained that whenever something happens outside their building that requires discussion, they do that and make sure the guys know they have people who care about them and who they can talk to if needed.

The coach emphasized that obviously everyone felt sorry for Hamlin and his family and were praying for a speedy recovery.

“The first thing you do when you see this, it’s just shock. You don’t see that very often, so it shocks you.

Many emotions and things are running through your mind. My first was as a football coach and as a former football player what was on my mind. So my thought process turned to how do I guide 80 guys through a difficult situation like this? Then it turned into, well, my son plays football.

There are a lot of emotions that you have to go through, but for me it’s just the supportive aspect of it. The last thing on my mind is how to convince them that like you said they need to go out and play.

We’re here for them now and trying to be there for them, and this is an opportunity for us to practice what we preach. Do we really believe in the connection thing, or is it all bullshit? This is our opportunity to not only say that we are here for you, but also for them.

So that’s all we care about is that they know they have a lot of people. All the guys, anyone who is struggling with this mentally, knows that they have people in this building who care. First of all, they have the resources in this building to be able to talk things through, if they need to talk things through with all the different people that we have. But they also have their teammates and their coaches and a front office that cares deeply about these guys.

Just like we do anything, just do it together and get through this difficult time. There were other things that we’ve had these last two years as well that you just go through, have difficult conversations and get through it, but at the end of the day you just want them to know that you’re there for them and that you’re going to do whatever you can.

So one thing we talked about was, hey, there’s a lot of perks to this game. This game gives us many different things, and we are completely grateful for those things, but the best advantage it gives us is relationships. If you ask somebody, if you ask a player or coach who is no longer involved in the game, of course, we’ll be able to name some wins or some plays or whatever, some nice restaurant in Philadelphia that we ate at or whatever. , but the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is relationships.

So that’s what you’ve been hoping to have built up to this point to be able to help the guys through a tough time.

Sirianni said he didn’t sense any kind of hesitation from any of the players about returning to the pitch, but he was honest that they haven’t spoken about it yet as they are still trying to work through their emotions of what happened. He also admitted that it’s a difficult balance to have those conversations and then get ready to play a football game, but said you just have to do that and transition into the next thing as best you can.

On using QB sneaks

It has been pointed out that the Eagles are using the QB sneak more than any other team since 2000 – the Eagles have performed it 30 times this year. Sirianni said running builds confidence, and while he noted they didn’t get that one against the Saints, they trust those guys a lot in that scenario.

He emphasized that it starts with the three guys up front, and when you have Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo and Landon Dickerson leading the way, plus the QB passing, they have a lot of confidence on the play — they’ve scored a lot of touchdowns on it and made a lot of third-down conversions. .

“As far as sheer numbers go, we were pretty good on first and second down, obviously with the exception of the last game, but we were pretty good on first and second down where we are putting ourselves in positions to run those plays because we have a lot of plays. of short yards.

So the big number why they’re so high is because we’ve been in a lot of goal-to-goal situations. We’ve been in a lot of short yardage situations and that’s where we feel comfortable running these plays. So that’s a credit to the guys for what they did first and second down, that’s why the big number of that.

On Gardner Minshew being fired 6 times in Week 17

Sirianni was asked about the offensive line allowing six sacks against the Saints, and whether he attributed that to Lane Johnson being out or Minshew holding the ball. He explained that there is a lot of blame for everyone, including the coaches.

“It’s the best team game there is and so it takes all 11 to do it, and also us as coaches to put them in the right place. So a lot of blame for that, and it starts with us as coaches to make sure we help guys open up in those ways.

I thought jack [Driscoll] did a good job coming in and playing a player who is a good player, and he fought, and he will get better from it, so no complaints with Jack.

Injury Updates

JALEN HURTS

Sirianni said the Hurts are still on a day-to-day basis, and they haven’t yet decided whether he will play on Sunday. He explained that they will see how he does over the next few days, particularly on Thursday when they are actually practicing against a walk-through.

JOSH SWEAT

“Obviously we all know what happened to him on Sunday but it was nice to see him back here today with a smile on his face. It will probably bother me to play. We’ll see, but we’ll take it day by day. I’m glad he’s back in the building with his teammates.”

OTHERS

  • Sirianni explained that they are opening the practice window on Wednesday for both CJ Gardner-Johnson and Robert Quinn.
  • Avon Maddox he is still on a day-to-day basis and has been in the building being rehabilitated, but he didn’t want to schedule his return.

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