All that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said after they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 40-34 at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. All quotes courtesy of the Philadelphia and Dallas departments of media relations.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni
If he feels it’s a missed opportunity to turn the season around by giving up ten and seven point leads early in the third quarter and midway through the quarter (turning the ball over).
Yes, as far as turnovers are concerned, we can’t give the ball four times to a good team and expect to win the game. He put the defense in a tight spot. So [I’m] disappointed with turnovers, disappointed with some of the things we need to do better in coaching. Disappointed in some of Dallas’ third down conversions, but thanks to them. Part of that is that they’re also doing comedy and forcing it. That’s a good football team, but we can’t help a good football team beat us by giving away the ball.
About having a chance to do the same thing next week that they had a chance to do this week (win at home) with at least one report saying quarterback will be the same. Do you see it as something they can build on in eight days?
Yes, we will fix all the mistakes we made in this game because we made a lot of them. Playing, coaching, we have made many mistakes from which we will learn. What I love about this team is that we will learn from our mistakes and only want to improve. So, we’ll improve from that, see what happens as far as everything. I thought Gardner played a good game. On the first interception, I thought it was a really good play by 27 (Jayron Kearse). Hats off to him, he’s a good player. The second, the ball was in both hands and the guy got away with it, so Gardner played really well. But, as I said, we’ll start from here. We’ll see what happens. Like I said, with Jalen, never put it above him. We thought he also had a chance to play this week and we’ll see next week, but we’ll take it one day at a time and see, and improve from this game.
On what was the problem on 3rd-e-30 conversion.
We didn’t play and boy did it. It really is that simple. TY Hilton made quite a catch. Dak made a good shot and we didn’t make the play. They did and we didn’t.
Whether this result will affect whether Jalen plays next week.
If Jalen is ready, Jalen will play. He’s our starting quarterback. If he’s ready to go, then he’ll go. Again, like I said, it’s nothing against Gardner because I thought he played really well, but if Jalen is ready, he’ll go.
The team is still in control of their fate.
You know, don’t think about it yet. We have to take these lumps that they’ve given us and that we’ve created ourselves, and then sit on it for a while. Because when you sit on it for a while and identify what happened and what went wrong, that’s how you get better. And that’s all we wish to do is only better. We’ll think about the Saints after we fix this game, because I know the Saints are a good team, but we need to fix this game. There is a process, there are steps, after losing a game, after winning a game. The steps are: go in, watch the tape, figure out what went wrong, coach the game, fix it, and then move on. So that’s what we’ll do. We’ll have to stick to that a bit. The main goal is that we will improve.
On the loss of Avonte Maddox.
Yes, Avonte is a really good player. We’ll see what happens to him. Again, good offense. Kellen Moore, good offensive coordinator. Coach McCarthy, good offensive mind. It was a good offense, and whenever you are without one of your players, it will obviously affect you a little bit, but we have a lot of faith in our backup. But, like I said, we’ll have to see the tape and see what went wrong. I have some ideas, obviously, with some of the stuff I’m telling you about, but I really want to dive into the tape and improve.
About what the message was for the team.
Hey, let’s win together. We celebrate together and recover together. Everything is together. Together, together, together. There hasn’t been a stage that has disappointed a stage. It was offense, defense, coaching, everything. We are in this together and the teams that stick together through the ups and downs of the season are the teams that continue to grow together. So let’s go. We’ll find out. We get better from this and we get better from it.