Few coaches have influenced the Eagles’ Nick Sirianni greater than Frank Reich.
Since leaving Reich’s employees in Indianapolis to take over the Eagles after the 2020 season, Sirianni has talked about classes and conversations the 2 have shared dozens of occasions. Sirianni drew some early comparisons to Reich, who was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles’ Tremendous Bowl run in 2017, and has stored an open line of communication together with his mentor the final two seasons.
So a number of days after the Colts fired Reich following a 3-5-1 begin, Sirianni mentioned he was making an attempt to not let Reich shedding his job influence his give attention to his personal.
“I’m solely involved about what’s occurring right here and making an attempt to maintain my eyes on simply what the state of affairs is right here, and that’s being prepared for Washington,” Sirianni mentioned Thursday. “However as you understand, what I take into consideration Frank and the way a lot I respect Frank as an individual, how a lot I respect him as a soccer coach, you possibly can in all probability think about how I really feel.”
Indianapolis fired Reich on Monday, and offensive coordinator Marcus Brady earlier this month. Brady was the quarterbacks coach throughout Sirianni’s tenure as offensive coordinator in Indy.
Colts proprietor Jim Irsay and normal supervisor Chris Ballard employed former middle Jeff Saturday because the interim head coach in Reich’s place. Saturday performed 14 years within the NFL, 13 of which have been in Indianapolis, however has no teaching expertise on the collegiate or skilled stage. He was most lately an NFL analyst for ESPN. Saturday coached three seasons of highschool soccer at Hebron Christian Academy in Georgia.
Sirianni didn’t rule out the potential for Reich finally becoming a member of the Eagles employees. He employed former Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter in a guide function final season. The 2 labored collectively in Kansas Metropolis a few decade in the past.
Would he take into account Reich for a guide function on the Eagles employees?
“We’ll see how that goes,” Sirianni mentioned. “ … I’m all the time going to make use of him as a guide, whether or not he’s within the constructing or whether or not he’s not within the constructing. However I haven’t actually considered that, to be fairly sincere with you. We’re simply actually centered on at this time to prepare for Washington.”
After giving up two sacks in a three-play span final Thursday, Jordan Mailata was in a trance.
The Eagles left deal with acknowledged he may be his worst critic and might generally battle to not dwell on previous errors throughout future performs. Thursday evening’s sport towards the Houston Texans was a major instance.
Mailata struggled on the opening drive of the second half, surrendering two sacks to Jerry Hughes. Sirianni took the blame for the primary one after the sport, suggesting the safety wasn’t synced as much as the play name.
The coach sometimes places a participant’s quantity up on the board to level out well-executed performs or missed assignments throughout movie examine. In the course of the movie evaluation of the Texans sport, Sirianni mentioned he would acknowledge the error by placing his personal identify up there.
“The best way he takes accountability is wonderful,” Mailata mentioned. “We discuss him being a participant’s coach, it’s one other instance of that.”
When Mailata wanted to regain his focus after the sluggish begin to the half, linemate Landon Dickerson was the one who broke him out of the funk. Mailata additionally famous that he was sporting a microphone for the Texans sport and a team-released video of the alternate between the 2 would doubtless come out later this week.
“I’ve this man to reconcile [that with] me,” Mailata mentioned. “After I can’t hone myself in — I’m normally good — however once I can’t do it, Landon does. Y’all will see. I used to be miked up for that Thursday sport.”
Dickerson interjected, “Dumb and dumber.”
“You’re going to see dumb and dumber reside in motion,” Mailata mentioned. “And the best way he reigned me in after these two sacks.”
Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox missed Wednesday’s apply with a hamstring harm.
This was the primary time Maddox has popped up on the harm report with the harm. He missed two video games earlier this season with an ankle harm however returned final month in time for the Eagles’ Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Maddox’s harm leaves the Eagles depleted on the slot cornerback spot. Backup slot nook Josiah Scott was additionally restricted in apply with an ankle harm. Josh Jobe, an outdoor cornerback, additionally missed apply a hamstring harm.
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The next gamers have been restricted Wednesday for relaxation functions: James Bradberry, A.J. Brown, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Robert Quinn, Isaac Seumalo, Darius Slay, and Josh Sweat.
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