Eagles coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters Saturday after the team’s tough 40-34 loss to the Cowboys and cited turnovers as a huge factor in the outcome.
“As far as turnovers go, you can’t give a good team like that the ball four times and expect to win. It put the defense in a tough spot, and so frustrated with the turnovers, frustrated with some of the things we have to do better as a coach, frustrated with Dallas’ third down conversions. But, credit to them, part of it is that they also make plays and force it. So it’s a good football team, but we can’t help a good football team beat us by giving the ball away.”
The head coach went on to explain that they made a lot of mistakes in this game and now they have eight days to fix them all. That’s what he loves about this team, the willingness to go and make those adjustments.
On the QB play
“I was thinking about Gardner [Minshew] played a good game.
At the first interception, I thought it was a really good play for 27 [Jayron Kearse], hats off to him, he’s a good player. And the second one was kind of a kind. the ball was in both hands and the boy came out with it.
So Gardner had a really good game.”
Sirianni was noncommittal about next week’s quarterback against the Saints, reiterating that he won’t leave anything behind for Jalen Hurts, who had a chance to play against the Cowboys. The manager later said that if Hurts was ready to play, he would play. he’s their starting QB and if he’s ready to go, he’ll go. He made sure to point out that it wasn’t Minshu’s reflection.
About being safe in the postseason
Sirianni was asked if the pressure of this game and this loss was already clinching their spot in the playoffs, but the head coach said they weren’t thinking about that at the moment.
He mentioned that they should take their balls out of this one, sit in it for a while and find out all the things that went wrong. That way they’ll get better from it and they’ll focus on the Saints as they make adjustments from the Cowboys game.
- Sirianni said it’s tough to lose Avonte Maddox and they’ll have to see what happens. He noted that CB is a good player and when you lose a player it affects things, but they also have a lot of faith in his backup Josiah Scott.
- His message to the team after the loss was that they win and celebrate together and bring everyone together. “Together, together, together.” Sirianni pointed out that it wasn’t one phase that let the team down, everything from coaching affected the outcome of the game, so they will work together to learn from it and get better.