The Eagles are enjoying a bit of prep time this week as they gear up for Monday night’s game against the Vikings, and coach Nick Siriani spoke with reporters Thursday about some of their game planning — as well as explaining Howie Roseman’s role in that process. He also talked about Justin Jefferson and his signature with Janarius Robinson.
Siriani was asked if there was additional pressure on Jonathan Gannon to fix some defensive issues. He noted that he has a lot of confidence in DC — which is why he’s with the team — and that he’s the NFL and they play in Philly, so the pressure is always there, but no more than usual after the first week.
Here’s what the coach also said:
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“They always try to protect the midfield, I know and we understand that – and we have a midfielder like Galen [Hurts]We obviously appreciate that very much. And so, you know, I thought the referees who were in the match that day did a great job. They have hard work. They got really hard work. It’s kind of thankless too, like no one has access to them after the match, like “I jotted down a great game”.
In the game planning process
Earlier in the week, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon mentioned the game planning process, which he co-starred with Siriani and Howie Rosman. There was some speculation that followed about the extent of Roseman’s involvement, but Siriani made it clear on Thursday that when they start planning the games, they talk about the roster and Roseman’s expertise in running the roster. So, they go to the GM on the Eagles about guys they want to be promoted from the coaching team or who might need inactivity, and Rosman makes that happen.
“We have Howie’s support, and he just wants to help us do our job the best we can do, and that’s how he’s helping us out there in that aspect.”
The coach continued by saying that they discuss everything, so it’s not exactly a one-way conversation with the list moves they want to do.
“But, at the end of the day, I have an opinion of who will be on match day and what we need. He is not sitting there and planning to play with us either.”
Siriani went on to say he’s discussing some of the things they’re planning – like if they plan to use more 13 employees, etc… because the best teams he’s been on had a really good relationship between the head coach and GM. So Sirianni explains his rationale for the slate moves, and Howie supports those decisions by making the moves.
On Vikings WR Justin Jefferson
Siriani said he’s always been a fan of Justin Jefferson’s game, going back to his last year of college. The coach talked about watching a movie of all the quarterbacks and receivers heading to the National Championship match between Clemson and LSUand Jefferson’s talent and itinerary stood out to him – all cemented thereafter by his title performance.
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“The big guy we loved coming out with, and we saw an opportunity there. Obviously we’re really worried about Derek. [Barnett]But he saw an opportunity there to improve our list. You know, our defensive coaches loved him, they loved him, Howie and his crew loved him, and we saw a way to improve our roster.
So, you’ll see it there, it’s big. He is a big man. It was nice to see him and Josh [Sweat] Have lunch together the other day – so, I may have blinked Florida Fighting song hymn when I walked beside them. But he’s a big guy.”
- Siriani said he doesn’t care about pressing the pass from the defense against the Lions, and he trusted the coaches and players to get into the middle. He pointed out that they have to put players in positions to perform plays and this is what they work crazy for.
- The head coach said they go through the same process every week, and that includes having a topic, and this week’s topic is connected. He noted that it was also their first core value, but something that would help them both in and out of the field as well.
- Asked about Britain’s Kofi, Siriani cited his speed as something they saw during training camp. The head coach mentioned that a lot of players in the NFL are fast, but some of the best players can change directions very quickly, as Kofi can.