Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Eagles Are Enduring A Lot Of Growing Pains Under Nick Sirian

PHILADELPHIA (WNN) — The Philadelphia Eagles are enduring growing pains under first-year coach Nick Siriani and a youthful coaching staff.

It is uncertain when the lessons they are learning will translate into victory.

After an impressive start in Atlanta in Week 1, it has been downhill for Siriani and his rebuilding team.

The Eagles (1-3) have lost three straight games with an average margin of 12.7 points per game. They are disciplined, sloppy and struggling to overcome repeated mistakes.

“My job is to make sure this team is better in every aspect and penalties are an issue right now,” Siriani said on Monday. “Today, it was a little tough conversation about how the penalty should stop. … We have to fix it. We’re working and trying every way we know to make it better.”

In a 42-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on SundayThree touchdowns were denied by the Eagles by punishment. Those drives ended up producing six points instead of 21.

“We’re close because we control everything we do,” said quarterback Jalen Hirts. “We control the penalties, we control the little things. In games against good football teams, it’s all going on and we’ve had good soccer teams in every game so far. And it’s been extended. So it’s us.” It’s up to us to execute and do the things we need to do. Lack of commitment, I never questioned anyone. Lack of effort, I never questioned anyone Because we’re going to fight. We’re going to fight. We’re so close to keeping this together.”

what is working

The Eagles are swinging the ball well into the air, but can’t finish the drive. Hurts has covered 713 yards in the last two games, although he accumulated a portion of it in the fourth quarter after the results of both games were decided.

needs help

A defense that has lost a total of 23 points in the first two games has not made many stops in the last two games against a pair of powerful offenses. The Eagles allowed 83 points and 851 yards against the Cowboys and Chiefs.

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to accumulate

Rookie wide receiver Devonta Smith had seven catches for 122 yards. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, selected with the 10th overall pick in the draft, received a combined 115 yards in the first three matches.

stock down

Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox made no tackle for the third time in four games. He has no sack this season, five tackles, no rush and recovered a fumble for a TD last week. Cox is in the fifth season of a six-year, $102.6 million contract.

“I know the statistics are not there, but he is working to help us,” Siriani said.


Three-time All-Pro center Jason Kelce is the last man to stand on the offensive line again. Right tackle Lane Johnson was scratched on Sunday due to a “personal” matter and Siriani did not elaborate on the issue. Left tackle Jordan Malata (knee) lost his second straight game, left guard Isaac Semalo (Lyfranc) is out for the season and right guard Brandon Brooks (pectoral) is on injured reserve. Kells was the only lineman to start all 16 games the previous season.

key number

0 – The Eagles didn’t have to punt for the first time since November 15, 1981 versus Baltimore. He didn’t even force Kansas City to punt, allowing six TDs on seven possessions before the Chiefs took a knee for the final game.

Next Step

The Eagles visit the Carolina Panthers (3-1) next Sunday. The Panthers were undefeated before losing to Dallas 36-28.


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