Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters Saturday after the team’s tough 40-34 loss to the Cowboys and cited turnovers as a big factor in the result.
“In terms of turnovers, you can’t give a team that good four times the ball and expect to win the game. It put the defense in a tough spot, and so disappointed in turnovers, disappointed in some things we need to do better as coaches, disappointed in some of Dallas’ third down conversions. But, credit to them, part of that is that they also do plays and enforce them. So this is 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 have eight days to correct them all. That’s what he loves about this team, the willingness to go through and make those fixes.
On the QB game
“I thought Gardner [Minshew] played a good game.
At the first interception I thought it was a really good play of 27 [Jayron Kearse], hats off, he’s a good player. And the second was kinda – the ball was in both hands and the guy got away with it.
So Gardner made a really good game.”
Sirianni was noncommittal about the quarterback for next week’s game against the Saints, repeating that he would not postpone anything beyond Jalen Hurts, who had a chance to play against the Cowboys in that game. The head coach later said if Hurts is ready to play, he’ll play – he’s their starting QB and if he’s ready, he’ll leave. He made sure this wasn’t a reflection of Minshew.
On the security for the postseason
Sirianni was asked if it took the pressure off of that game and that loss to already hold their own in the playoffs, but the head coach said they’re not considering it at the moment.
He mentioned that they need to take their nuggets from this one, sit in it for a bit and identify all the things that went wrong. This way they will benefit better and focus on the Saints once they make the fixes from the Cowboys game.
- Sirianni said losing Avonte Maddox is hard and they have to see what comes of it. He noted that the CB is a good player and that every time you lose a player affects things, but they also have great faith in his backup, Josiah Scott.
- His message to the team after the defeat was that they win and celebrate together and that they also pick each other up together. “Together, together, together.” Sirianni mentioned that it wasn’t one phase that let the team down, everything that let down from coaching affected the outcome of the game so they will work together to get out of it to learn and get better.