Nick Sirianni: Lane Johnson is the best tackle in the NFL, and not just the best right tackle

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For decades, the NFL has viewed left tackle as the premium position on the offensive line. But Eagles coach Nick Sirianni says the best tackle in the NFL is a right tackle — the one who plays for the Eagles.

Sirianni said Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson is the NFL’s best tackle, right or left.

“To me, Lane’s the best tackle in the NFL,” Sirianni said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And I said tackle. I didn’t say right tackle.”

Sirianni was saying that after news broke that Johnson is putting off surgery in the hopes that he can return from an abdominal injury to play for the Eagles in the playoffs after he misses the final two games of the regular season. But Sirianni says there will be no pressure put on Johnson from the team, and that they can’t be certain they’ll have him in the postseason.

“You just never know what’s going to happen,” Sirianni said. “We don’t ever put a timetable on anybody. And so we’ll see where we’re at when we’re there.”

Where they hope they’ll be is at home for the playoffs, not playing until the divisional round, and with the best tackle in the NFL ready to play.

16 responses to “Nick Sirianni: Lane Johnson is the best tackle in the NFL, and not just the best right tackle

  1. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 29, 2022 at 11:44 am
    The Eagles are doomed
    Any Eagles quarterback > Mac Jones

  2. LOL!!!

    This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. He’s been a self promoting blowhard since he stepped into the league.

    He’s the Rex Ryan of Tackles.

  3. The NFC road to the Super Bowl runs through Philadelphia.
    Three weeks to heal up while the wild card weekend teams thrash it out.
    I see a lot of internet bravado. Let’s talk on 2/12
    That is all!

  4. 5 years later, Patriots fans still can’t get over that SB loss in LII. Lane was having fun then, he’ll be having fun on 2/12 too.

    Carry on haters.

  5. Unrelated to Lane but when I hear best tackle I think about Joe Thomas. Guy was the best I’ve seen since Orlando Pace. Such a tactical player. Playing NFL tackle is such a chess game. Lane has put together a HOF career

  6. I’m sure Lane is awesome but when I hear people throw out definitives I think there are others that are great too. PFF graded Trent Williams the highest of any player in the nfl let alone tackle last year. I’m sure he’s up there this year too.

  7. Well then maybe you should pay the man accordingly. He’s barely inside the top 10 salary wise.

  8. That injury won’t heal before the playoffs, and if he plays, his effectiveness will be in questin.

  9. Coaches need to stop talking and stick to their jobs. Between the dimbulb in San Fran and Nicky boy they spend more time talking up their players than is needed. Considering Johnson has dropped from best tackle in the NFL a few years back. How about just play the game.

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