Nick Sirianni: I have the utmost faith in DC Jonathan Gannon

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After Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, some of the Eagles veteran players lamented the passivity of Philadelphia’s new defensive scheme.

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and safety Rodney McLeod each said a version of, “We just play what’s called,” after Philadelphia surrendered 442 total yards and allowed quarterback Derek Carr to complete 31-of-34 passes in the 33-22 loss.

Head coach Nick Sirianni was critical of the defensive calls and philosophy in his postgame press conference, too, saying, “Anytime you’re not playing well, you have to make changes, you have to adapt, you have to move. I don’t want to say you have to make a completely different philosophy switch, but we have to do different things to help our players out, absolutely.”

But Sirianni also raised an eyebrow or two when asked about his level of communication with defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon during games.

“Every product that’s on that field, is a product and my name is on it. I’m able to talk to them throughout the game, say my piece right there,” Sirianni said. “Again they’re the ones watching the tape all week. I get to watch a little defensive tape. Obviously, I’m doing my homework as an offensive coordinator. I’m making suggestions here and there, but they’re the ones watching the tape all week.”

While Sirianni noted that he’s ultimately responsible for everything on the field, and he is the offensive play-caller, he’s not a coordinator. Shane Steichen has that title. Sirianni is the head coach. And publicly pointing out that he’s not watching much defensive film may not have been advisable, especially when the team has fallen to 2-5.

Sirianni did some cleanup work in his Monday press conference, while also voicing his confidence in Gannon.

“I want to make it very clear, when I say the defense needs to tighten up, I’m looking at myself first,” Sirianni said, via Daye Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “Every product that’s on that field, special teams, defense, offense, has my name on it. I’m not just the offensive coordinator, I’m the head coach of this football team. So, everything that’s out there on that field is first my responsibility.

“When I say the defense needs to tighten up and needs to get the ball back to the offense, I’m saying that that’s my responsibility, right? That’s my responsibility to say, ‘Hey, on this one, I want to tighten up and play man coverage on this one.’ In no way, shape or form was I putting any blame on the defense or Jonathan Gannon at all.

“I have utmost faith in Jonathan Gannon. I have utmost faith in our defense. I’m putting that responsibility on me and nobody else.”

Whether that faith will be rewarded remains to be seen. But it’s clear the Eagles have to change some things up to have more success.

They’ll get the chance to do so against the winless Lions this week in Detroit.

12 responses to “Nick Sirianni: I have the utmost faith in DC Jonathan Gannon

  1. This is the worst coaching staff from HC down to DC since the Rich Kotite years.

    The comments apply equally to both sides of the ball. Simple schemes with no attempt at disguising them or to take into account the players they have that are easily countered. Little to no attempt to adjust to their opponents when the schemes aren’t working. The favored approach seems to be if they run the same 4 plays often enough eventually they’ll work.

    I think it took Sirianni 4 games to discover putting players in motion to help your QB was actually a good thing. I think about about the same time Gannon discovered that blitzing once in awhile might be helpful but neither the offense or defense do things in a smart manner often enough. I believe the defense is going to set several alltime worst records this year (in fact they already have set several eagles hall of shame records after only 7 games) with no sign of improving or self-awareness by Gannon regarding his scheme/play calling.

    While Hurts has been awful I would love for him to run a normal offense with a couple of designed rollouts a game. Instead we get RPO 80%-85% of the time which is fooling no one and has been fully diagnosed by the defenses. At least the coach would be able to say i tried and he’s not ready instead of this sandlot crap every play. Have we seen a quick slant or drag or cross in 7 games? The defenses they’ve faced haven’t had to defend the middle of the field all season.

  2. Don’t dare fire ANYONE else on this team until Howie Roseman is fired first. Until that weasel is gone, there will be problems.

  3. Siarani and Gannon (not to mention Hurts) were put into a difficult situation by Jeff/Howie. They are just too inexperienced to play with the big boys right now. I just hope that this season does not ruin their respective careers.

  4. Longtime Eagles fan here. This is the first time I can ever remember wanting to see a head coach be one-and-done. Siriani just doesn’t have it.

    The offensive and defensive schemes/playcalling are both terrible. The players commit too many stupid penalties. I was never expecting this to be a winning season, but I’d like to see growth and development that provide a little ray of hope for the future.

    Instead, the team looks worse with every passing week.

    The Eagles also need to fire Roseman, who scares away all of the A-list candidates and made them settle on a C-lister this year.

  5. This just seals the deal for me…..Nick Siarani is not ready to be a NFL HC. Pleasssse make this a one and done year for him Jeff & reset.

  6. Derek Carr has been in the league for awhile.. he’s made more than one defensive coordinator look foolish.

    Chalk it up for what it was.. a good QB played a great game.

  7. Derek Carr carved up a very bad defense schematically… Derek Carr isn’t a top 10 QB… That game speaks to the eagles failures much more than it speaks to Derek’s successes…

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