Nick Sirianni doesn’t think he’s putting too much on Jalen Hurts

NFL: OCT 14 Buccaneers at Eagles
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On a fourth quarter touchdown drive that cut the Buccaneers’ lead to six points, the Eagles handed the ball to Miles Sanders three times for a combined gain of 40 yards.

It was an unusual amount of work for Sanders to get. He only carried the ball nine times all game as the Eagles continued to eschew designed runs for running back in favor of RPOs that call for quarterback Jalen Hurts to make calls on the fly. Just one of those carries came in the first half while the Bucs were building a 21-7 lead and running 40 offensive plays to just 22 for the Eagles.

Hurts was 5-of-14 for 54 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in that first half. After the 28-22 loss was over, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was asked if he was putting too much on the shoulders of Hurts, who made his 10th NFL start on Thursday night.

“No, I don’t think so. He’s been doing that a long time that his RPO game and how he reads things, so I don’t believe that’s an issue,” Sirianni said.

Hurts’ results as a passer have been lackluster the last two weeks and the Eagles offense has failed to do enough until they’ve been behind by double digits. A blocked punt helped them overcome that deficit against the Panthers in Week Five, but they didn’t have enough against the Bucs and need to figure out a way to get more consistent offensive production early in order to better position themselves for wins in the future.

7 responses to “Nick Sirianni doesn’t think he’s putting too much on Jalen Hurts

  1. Any QB at any level would benefit from the kind of protection a more balanced offense would bring.

    Come on, Nick. Run the ball more.

  2. Sirianni is just as much the problem as Hurts. Playcalling has been horrible. Sander’s once again averaged 6 yards a carry on single digit carries. It also doesn’t seem like the plays attack multiple levels of the field. Where are the slants or the crossing routes?

    The press needs to also press Hurts on his poor accuracy. The had more yards offensively due to pass interference than in rushing and receiving yards through 3 quarters because he badly underthrew or overthrew every single deep ball and about 85% of the intermediate throws.

  3. Nick…help the kid out by calling 15-20 plays a game where he turns around and hands the ball off to a RB! That opens up the passing game.

  4. He’s just not very good. Not accurate and holds the ball too long although admittedly his Oline pass protection is not good either.

  5. It will be interesting to see whether or not he gets it his second time around.

    .. or if he earns a second chance.

  6. Eagles fan here. I’m very skeptical of Siriani’s playcalling and gameplans.

    Obviously, the Eagles have been calling very few runs. I’m not sure who all of the play-action passes are supposed to fool when you have a playcaller that literally called a total of three runs against a bad run defense in the Dallas game.

    After week 3, I saw a chart showing 90+% of Hurts’ passes were going to the right, and it makes sense when the offense constantly calls roll-outs to that side of the field. This offense needs to be more diverse and consistently threaten every part of the field.

    Granted, some of it is personnel problems too. The GM put together a roster full of speedy, small finesse receivers who struggle against physical coverage, and despite the myriad of high draft picks thrown at the position, the team lacks a true #1 receiver. It could be that throwing to the middle of the field and exposing them to big hits is too dangerous to their collective health, so we’re seeing a bunch of short passes designed to gain a few extra yards before going out of bounds and “go” routes.

    Whether it’s coaching or personnel or both, this offense is way too predictable and easy to shut down.

  7. loldeepball says:
    October 15, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Eagles fan here. I’m very skeptical of Siriani’s playcalling and gameplans.

    Obviously, the Eagles have been calling very few runs. I’m not sure who all of the play-action passes are supposed to fool when you have a playcaller that literally called a total of three runs against a bad run defense in the Dallas game.

    After week 3, I saw a chart showing 90+% of Hurts’ passes were going to the right, and it makes sense when the offense constantly calls roll-outs to that side of the field. This offense needs to be more diverse and consistently threaten every part of the field.

    Granted, some of it is personnel problems too. The GM put together a roster full of speedy, small finesse receivers who struggle against physical coverage, and despite the myriad of high draft picks thrown at the position, the team lacks a true #1 receiver. It could be that throwing to the middle of the field and exposing them to big hits is too dangerous to their collective health, so we’re seeing a bunch of short passes designed to gain a few extra yards before going out of bounds and “go” routes.

    Whether it’s coaching or personnel or both, this offense is way too predictable and easy to shut down.
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    I saw the comment above and wanted to ‘like’ it twice.
    So reposting it for those of you that want to ‘like’ twice as well.

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