PHI Post-Game Quotes (P3)

Head Coach Nick Sirianni

On what was going through his mind when the Jets scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game…

Obviously, we all wanted to win the game and we wanted to execute at the end of the game and we didn’t do that.

 

On what he says to Michael Jacquet after that play…

We talk about that all the time. That’s a “no mas” situation, that’s what we call it in that scenario. If you get a turnover you’re supposed to stay down. We didn’t communicate that well enough to him and he just tried to make a play. We’ve got to do a better job coaching.

 

On why he played some of the young wide receivers…

I feel like they still needed a little bit more work get out there, catch a couple of balls and go. We tried to run a deep ball to Quez (Watkins), but Joe (Flacco) got hit on the play. We just wanted to give him a catch and get him out.

 

On what he tells the team after a game like this…

It kind of just wrapped up the training camp and preseason is over. We have another week before we’re into preparation for Atlanta. The talk was, we’ve got one more week of work. Training camp and preseason is over. We’ll get better from this week. We’ll be on to Atlanta the following week.

 

On how they will handle this coming week…

Obviously, we’ll be down on numbers because we have to make some cuts, but it will be more reps for the ones to make sure they are continuing getting ready. We’ve really ramped up their reps as it is, but continuing to get ready to play 70 plays or plus that Week One in Atlanta.

 

On his big picture take away of the team after three preseason games…

We talk every day about getting better every day and loving the climb of a season and continuing to do that. Some of the veteran players and I talked yesterday. One of the things that was really good was we were all in the hotel together the past four nights. It was kind of like old training camp when you went away, so that was good. I felt a lot of connecting with the players. The talks that we had was this was a physical training camp. Those guys practiced hard. I know there were times we were on the field for an hour and 15 (minutes), times we were an hour and a half, times we were an hour and 45, times we were two hours, but we got a lot of work done. The only way you’re getting better every day is if you’re practicing hard and you’re going full speed. I believe that we did that the four weeks of training camp and got better every day. Now, it’s, ‘Hey, we’ve got another week of that to get ourselves ready.’ We’ve got another two weeks before we have to play, so let’s just stay on that course and continue to get better, continue to get better, continue to get better, so we have all those points accumulated once we’ve stepped into Atlanta.

 

On how important it was get Andre Dillard on the field today…

I have to watch the tape. That’s a tough spot. My eyes are more in the secondary. (Offensive Line Coach) Jeff Stoutland looking at him a lot and Roy (Istvan), his assistant. Sometimes, I’m only seeing if something bad happens to a tackle. It was important for him because he had been out to get some reps and go in there to play I thought he was having a great camp before he got hurt. I’m excited to watch the tape. It felt like he played pretty well. Joe Flacco was 13 of 16 with a drop, so he had time to throw. I’m looking forward to watching him play and will have a better evaluation for you after that.

 

On not playing their starters…

I thought with the way we practiced the past two days. You guys were at that practice with the Jets that second day, even the first day, that was a hard, physical practice. To me, that’s a game. The way we played that practice was a game. And we treated the post-practice just like we would treat a post-game. When we came in and evaluated, we did the whole film session and the charts we look at just like a post game. To me, you don’t ever come off of two days rest and play another game, so I didn’t think that would be good for our guys health-wise and I felt good about where we were and that was the decision I made.

 

On if they went into the preseason knowing they wouldn’t play their starters…

Not necessarily. Everything was evaluated. Even at the practice with the Patriots, we had intentions of playing (the starters) in that game. Everything was a case-by-case basis.  The last two days, I appreciate (New York Jets) Coach (Robert) Saleh and his staff and his players, because we got a lot of work done against them. I know we’re leaving New York a better team than when we came to New York. Again, I appreciate them for that. We feel like we got the work done that we needed to. Nothing was final until after that practice and we were like, ‘We’re probably good, we don’t need to see them.’

 

On what he’s learned from an operations side during the preseason…

I thought it was a really smooth operation. I thought we were getting plays off really quick. I never felt like we were down low at all. We were getting the play in and we were getting the snaps at 20, which is good, that’s how I want to play. The more plays you get, the more yard you get, the more points you get. I thought the operation was really good. (Offensive Coordinator) Shane Steichen did a good job. I was calling the play to Shane. Shane did a good job of talking in there. When we’re in more of a two minute situation (Passing Game Coordinator) Kevin Patullo is really doing a lot of, “Hey, here’s our scenario of what we’re in.” Jim Bob Cooter is getting all of the scenarios for us from the 2:00 around the league so we can prepare for it. I felt really good in those two minutes. I can’t remember what happened against New England. I can’t remember if we went down to the three in the two minute, but I know in two of the three games we had good two minute drives and that’s where situational football is at its greatest. It felt really good with the operation on the headsets and talking through things. We didn’t get any challenges, but there’s the regular season for that.

 

On if any decisions were made more difficult tonight…

I think what you saw is a lot of players play their heart out and play hard and play physical. I saw a lot of guys have success. I don’t want to single anyone out, I’ve got to watch the tape and see it. That was definitely the message I wanted to get across last night. There are five guys that have made the team on that last game. Sure you don’t discredit all they did on the way to that last game, but in particular, here’s the plays that they made in that last game that changed the coaches mind and got them to stick. The guys really felt that. I thought the meeting last night was good because it gave that sense of urgency. I know they all had their sense of urgency, but you guys can change our minds. Go out there and play your tails off. I really felt like they did that tonight. They left it all out on the field. Again, I have to watch the tape, but all those guys should be proud of themselves and how they played and should feel good that they left it all on the field and put it on tape.

 

On his philosophy about what a player can do Week One versus his future upside…

Everything you do, you have to be ready to win that first game. They all count big time. There is such good parity in this league. Whoever is going to give us a chance to win, we’re going to have on this team.

 

On Kenneth Gainwell…

He was quiet when he first got in the building and now I just see his personality coming out. He’s getting more comfortable and he’s a great kid. You see his personality come out because he’s had some success. One thing you really notice about his is, yeah he’s shifty and can make guys miss, he’s got great hands, he can run routes, he can hit the hole and make big runs, he is tough. You see that on his college tape, but when you’re with a guy every single day and you’re watching him practice. Every single day, he’s showing his physical toughness and his mental toughness every day. Usually guys that are tough players are guys you can’t go into the game without. That’s what he showed me. It really stuck out, particularly in the joint practices how tough he is and then it goes over into the game.

 

On how ready he feels to start the season…

I’m ready, let’s go. Again, I’m excited for this team, I’m excited for the guys we have on this team to get going and get into Week One, but we’re truly a process driven team where we want to get better every single day because we know if you make those deposits every single day of getting better, you’re going to be ready to play. We still have two weeks of preparation, so am I really excited? Yeah. I want to go game plan Atlanta right now and I’m really excited about it. I get goose bumps thinking about going up there to play with these guys, but I have to practice what I preach which is we’ve got two weeks to go before we step on that field and deposits are due every day.

 

Joe Flacco

On the running backs fit within the offense…

Yeah, well listen, I know those guys are doing a good job. We’re still in pretty early stages here in terms of how things are going to fit in, especially since we haven’t gotten to the regular season to see what we’re really going to end up coming out of the season being good at. But, these guys are doing really well at picking everything up and being as versatile as possible.

 

On the throw to WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside…

We were just running, basically, two corner routes with some flats and trying to get out of bounds at the end of the half and pick up another chunk, get us a little bit closer. Felt like the left side, where I was looking, wasn’t really working, got a little bit of pressure, was able to escape out right, that push into the field was open and he kind of felt it, he turned up and did an awesome job catching the ball and then getting in the endzone from there, obviously. I think that was all him, once the ball got in the air, it was all him catching the ball and then getting those last 10 yards or whatever it was, to get himself in the endzone for a touchdown, that was huge.

 

On pointing during the route…

I pointed it a little bit, but I think he was already turning up.

 

On what his excitement was for a preseason finale…

It’s funny, I think people probably see that, they see a guy in his mid-30s, playing in the last preseason game and they probably think, “Oh, he’s just out there, hanging out, playing football. Just playing a game.” But, I’m sitting in the hotel today, getting myself ready just like I would any other game. We haven’t won in this preseason and it’s Nick (Sirianni)’s first job as a head coach and a new staff. I’ve been there before, and these guys want to get a win so these games are still important.

 

On guys trying to make the roster…

Yeah, that’s what I’m saying, that’s why you cannot take any games, any plays for granted. They all count as NFL football games and guys’ lives and livelihoods are always at stake. You want to be a guy who can help those guys achieve whatever they want to achieve and not lay them down.

 

On the reaction to the end of the game…

It was all good. Everybody was excited. Listen, there was a lot of really cool plays out there today so I think Coach Sirianni was excited for everybody and really proud of how hard we played.

 

On playing starters in the preseason…

Yeah, listen, it’s tough to say. There’s probably no right or wrong way. We sit there afterwards, and if something bad happened or if something good came from it, six weeks down the road, you realize, ‘Oh, maybe it’s because they played their preseason, their guys in their last preseason games.’ Or something bad happened it’s like, ‘Why were they doing that?’ I think it’s one of those things that we can all look at depending on what happened and give our critiques of it or our applauds for it. So, just one of those things you have to do what you feel is right, with what your team has, and how much they’ve played before, and all those things and just stand by your decision.

 

On the way he played this preseason…

It’s tough to answer questions about yourself, but I was excited to get out there today and be able to move the ball down the field and score some points, so that was a lot of fun.

 

On offensive line depth heading into this year…

You could tell pretty quickly that we have a bunch of guys out there who can play football. They’re not just big guys, they can move and block, but they understand the game, you can’t see that, necessarily, on TV or if you don’t really necessarily know exactly what you’re looking for, but a lot of the guys upfront have really good football IQs. They just have football sense, they know how to play, they know where to go naturally, things like that. And I think that’s really big at every position, but when you can get a group of offensive linemen that can do that well, it just takes your team to the next level.

 

On preparation for playing given unexpected scenarios…

Listen, obviously before last year, I hadn’t had a lot of experience at that and it is different. You have to make sure that you attack the early parts of the week, just as if you were the starter, even though you’re not going to be able to get the reps because the biggest thing is making sure that you feel prepared going into the game without getting the reps throughout the practice week. And that’s just nothing to be taken lightly, you have to work your tail off and approach it the right way and I think that’s the biggest thing for me. As long as I do that during the week, which I know I will, then I can go on into Sunday feeling confident that I’m prepared and if something happens then that’s what you’re there for.

 

On what he saw from Kenneth Gainwell on the second drive…

Listen, we had some room out there to run. I think our linemen did a good job and I think those guys hit the hole, they didn’t hesitate, they went. I know on one of those I scrambled, I was looking for my receiver and I scrambled to the left and he did an awesome job showing up for me, getting the attention in my eyes, kind of grabbing me and giving me a spot to go with the ball. And that was the big play to kind of move the chains and keep going. I think he’s starting to get his legs underneath him out there and feel confident about just making decisions quickly and going and trusting his feel, and I think he was able to do that today.

 

 

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