PHI Post-Game Quotes (Week Thirteen)

Head Coach Nick Sirianni

On what changed that cause QB Jalen Hurts not to play…

He just wasn’t healthy enough to play. We thought he was getting better. We are always going to put the players health first and foremost. He just wasn’t healthy enough to play and that’s why he didn’t play and didn’t dress.

 

On how involved Hurts was in the decision to not play…

Of course, he wants to play. Like I told you guys on Friday, it’s a lot of parties at play. I always have to listen to the doctors. I always have to listen to the trainers. I always have to listen to the player and take all of that information and make the decision that is best for the player and our team.

 

On if Hurts will remain the starting quarterback…

Yeah, of course.

 

On how they had to adjust the offense with QB Gardner Minshew at starting quarterback…

When we came into this game, we knew Jalen was banged up. We didn’t know Jalen wasn’t playing until today. We weren’t going to have a big quarterback run game today as far as our run game goes with whoever it was going to be. In the run game, not a lot (had to be adjusted). In the pass game, I think I talked to you on Friday about how there are going to be differences because it’s a different guy pulling the trigger. We have our favorites. (Offensive coordinator) Shane (Steichen) and I have our favorites. (Quarterbacks Coach) Brian (Johnson) has his favorites and (passing game coordinator) Kevin (Patullo), but it’s about what the quarterback is comfortable doing. Obviously, there are going to be a little bit of differences. We put a plan together based off of what we think our guys can do and what our receivers can do and our tight ends and our running backs. Really, the ultimate way the play gets called is if the quarterback is comfortable with it because he’s the one with the ball in his hands every time. Obviously, you have a little bit of differences there based on the likes of the quarterback. That’s always going to be a little different for everybody.

 

On why he is so confident saying Hurts will remain the starting quarterback…

I think he’s played good football. I think he’s played really good football. There have been times where’s he’s been one of the best in the league with the way he’s moved around and made plays. We look at that quarterback rating and what he’s had there. He’s played really good football when he’s in. When he’s healthy ad he’s back, he’ll be our starter.

 

On if he thinks Hurts will be back following the bye-week…

I would think so, but I don’t want to put timetables on anybody. You just have to see how the body heals and how the body reacts to everything, but I would think so. The bye is coming at the right time for us. We’ve got to get a lot of guys back to peak performance with some of the bumps and bruises that we had today. This is a late bye and I would think Jalen will be ready coming out of this.

 

On how Hurts handled the news that he wouldn’t be playing today and how he was on the sidelines…

I thought he was great. He knows his body too. Obviously, the competitor in him wants to play. I’m not saying he was fighting us in there to get out there, but he would have probably just knowing Jalen. He was great there on the sidelines with his teammates just being there for his teammates, high-fiving, smiling. It was good to see him support. That’s what a leader does. That’s what a starting quarterback does when he’s not playing. I appreciate the way he went about his business today.

 

On Minshew’s performance and if the passing offense was better today…

Obviously, it always starts up front and how the protection is going. I thought the protection was awesome. Not to take anything away from Gardner. He played a great game. He got the ball to the backs on checkdowns when there wasn’t something there. He hit some chunks in the pass game. He had a couple to Quez (Watkins) on those deep overs. I thought he played a really good game. I think our message to Gardner was, ‘Go out and be yourself. Protect that football, you have a good supporting cast around you. You have a good offensive line. You have good receivers, you have a good tight end, you have good backs, you have a good running game, you have good defense, go out there and be yourself and that’s going to be enough.’ And, he did. He played a really outstanding game. I’m really happy for Gardner and the game he played

 

On if Hurts would have played if he wasn’t such a runner …

We take everything into account, but if he was ready to play, he would have played today.

I don’t ever want to give it percentages like if he was this percent. If he was ready to play, he would have played. He wasn’t ready today.

 

On how the efficiency of K Jake Elliott helps with game-planning…

We’re not laying up at all. Obviously, you feel comfort in that. I think if you looked at our faces on the sideline when we don’t convert, Jake would probably be a little offended in the sense that he makes a field goal and we’re mad about not converting.  You feel comfortable though in the sense that when you have to kick, he’s playing the type of football he is. He’s really been automatic. He’s been really good. My comfort level with kicking field goals is obviously very high, but obviously we’re upset when we don’t convert on third-down and have to kick it on fourth.

 

On what Hurts can learn from watching Minshew…

Everybody is going to learn from the game. Jalen is going to watch. You take every opportunity you have as a player and you learn and you watch the position. I’ll say Deon Caine, a practice squad receiver, and KeeSean Johnson, a practice squad receiver, they’re going to learn from anything that happened in that game today. Good or bad. The same thing goes for Jalen and the same thing goes for Gardner when Jalen was playing. Good or bad, you get to learn from that opportunity. That’s a part of how you get better every single day. A big component of getting better every day is the detail in meetings and the film study. That is such a big component of what we do. Our guys, our coaches, we’re visual. To be able to put on the tape and praise the good things and correct the bad things, I get so excited about that in this game. Every little correction or every little praise is getting the behavior how you wanted or getting the play how you want it. Not only Jalen is going to learn from that, but Reed (Sinnet) is going to learn from that, Deon and KeeSean.

 

On what lessons they are learning…

When you’re making a check on a play. It’s really anything. I guess I wasn’t clear there. It’s a check on this play. Oh, that was a good check. A step up with two hands in the pocket on this play and feeling the defender behind him when he laces it to Quez. It can be anything.

 

On still being successful in the running game without the threat of Hurts…

I think that goes back to the offensive line and Miles (Sanders) is a dynamic player. There’s still an element of our offense they have to (plan for). I think Gardner had a nine-yard scramble. He’s still an athletic quarterback that demands some respect on the backside if he would have pulled it. It was great to see that. That’s who we are. That’s a big part of who we are and the type of run game we want and the physicalness and toughness. It was obviously great to see it flow the way it did today.

 

On what happened to Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland…

He went through something in pregame and they wanted to take him to get evaluated. He did and he was back on the sidelines and I was able to give him a hug. I was just happy to see him on the sideline and know that he was through the situation he had went through.

Gardner Minshew

On starting today and getting the win after being on the sidelines all season…

It felt so good, man. It’s the best time I had since Week 1 of last year. There’s nothing like that feeling. Glad to do it with this group of guys. They made it easy for me. So, it was a lot, a lot of fun.

 

On when he knew he would start the game and handling the uncertainty this week…

Yeah, I just said I was going to prepare to play. I don’t know if there was ever really a definitive point where he said I was going. I looked around before that first drive and (quarterback) Jalen (Hurts) wasn’t dressed, so I was like, “Okay, I guess that’s it.”

 

On what stood out to him about the way he played…

Just taking what they gave us. I think we did a good job as an offense in general. Taking completions, getting a lot of positive plays in the run game. The o-line gave us plenty of time, letting me see the field and get it to our guys in space.

 

On his level of comfort with TE Dallas Goedert came from practice…

I don’t know, I mean this was my first week to ever really throw to Dallas. He’s really good, so yeah, it’s pretty comfortable throwing to him. Any time you have a player like that… He had a great game today. I was really happy to find him. I just imagine he’s going to continue to be a really good player.

 

On how important it was to get in a rhythm early in the game…

It was great. I think that was a testament to a lot of things. I think we were running the ball well early, protecting well. (Head coach) Nick (Sirianni) and (offensive coordinator) Shane (Steichen) called a great game. So, yeah, a lot of things went into that.

 

On the season so far…

It’s been a lot of learning, a lot of learning experiences. Learning people, learning the system. Kind of taking a step back and being in a new role for the first time, for this extended period of time. So it’s been a lot of learning, a lot of working on myself and kind of watching and learning from a different perspective.

 

On relationship with QB Jalen Hurts…

It’s been great, man. It’s been great. He’s been welcoming with open arms, so it’s been awesome. I think we do a good job of supporting each other, helping each other, making each other better. So, I’m super happy to have Jalen in our room.

 

On handling the situation when he plays well but is still the backup…

I don’t know. When you’re in there, you’re the quarterback. When you’re in there, you’re in there. I don’t think you think of it as a backup or as anything else. You’re just the guy. And I was grateful for the opportunity today.

 

On whether he wants to be the starter…

Yeah, I think anybody that’s halfway competitive wants to play. That’s what’s fun. That’s why you play the game. But I know that whatever role I’m in, I’ll give it 110% and do whatever I can for the team.

 

On the fan support at MetLife Stadium…

Hell yeah man, it’s awesome, dude. We’ve got great fans here. Every time we travel, they show up and show out. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know that. And having the reception we had today, it was awesome. By the second half, it felt like a pretty good home game there.

 

On whether he knows the fan who was dressed as him…

Dude, I’ve kind of developed a relationship with him, because he always wore a Jim McMahon Eagles jersey and I thought that was so cool. He had a headband and a cool mustache too, so naturally, we kind of get together. I feel like I see him every game. He’s always supportive.

 

On Hurts during the game…

I thought Jalen did a good job. He’s over there. He’s helping me when he could. I think he’s sitting back learning when he can. It’s big. I’ve been in that situation where it’s really a good opportunity to sit back and see things from a different perspective. And I think it was awesome having him there today.

 

On what changed for him when he had the opportunity to see things as a backup…

One of the things you do, throughout the week of practice, throughout game week, it kind of lets you really focus on your routine and what you need to work on. I’ve enjoyed that part of it. Then you can sit back during the game and kind of see, I would’ve done this there, maybe done this there. And I think it’s just a good exercise.

 

On cracking jokes in the huddle…

I’m always dead serious all the time. I would never, ever joke, especially in a game (joking). Nah, I like to have fun. Especially when you are winning like we are, running the ball. It’s fun to have fun out there.

 

On telling the team they were going for it on 4th and 1 because he was so strong…

Yeah, dude. That’s why I wear short shorts. Them legs, bro. Felt it right there. Nah, it’s just always fun. We’ve got a great group of guys, guys that I love competing with.

 

On whether he had a full normal week as starter in terms of practice reps…

We split a little bit at the beginning of the week with some of the walkthrough stuff, but I had a good bit of practice and I’m grateful for the reps that I did get.

Jake Elliott

On kicking with the cold weather…

You’re always going to get those games, obviously, in December coming up to MetLife especially. The ball just doesn’t travel that well, but for a December game up here in New York, I’ll take that weather all day.

 

On if it helps kicking in the same stadium back-to-back weeks…

There’s obviously some familiarity with it. Especially when you get conditions that are kind of similar to last week, so you kind of know what to expect. But it’s still a process, you got to go through it and test everything out pregame. We had a pretty good pregame and got an idea of what we wanted to do.

 

On the feeling in the locker room after the game…

Excited, excited, definitely needed that one heading into the Bye Week. A little bit of momentum, so it was fun in there.

 

On how he handles the Bye Week…

I’ll definitely rest a little bit and get the legs back. Definitely kind of tired, you’re on 14, whatever, straight. So, take a little time off, kind of forget about football for a few days. I might kick once later in the week, but we’ll see how we’re feeling.

Dallas Goedert

On why the tight end screens worked so well today…

I figure it was just, you call them at the right time, we got them set up just right, we saw how the d-ends (defensive ends) were rushing and stuff and we knew the coverages they were playing in different situations. One of them didn’t work, they sniffed it off the third one, but the first two worked well, o-line did a great job of getting out and getting on guys and I was able to run in space. So, anytime that happens, it makes it a lot easier. It’s fun.

 

On if he had a sense, earlier on in the week, that this could’ve been a big day for him…

Yeah, there was definitely a lot of stuff that I liked in the game plan today. And anytime it gets called, you’re pretty excited and you want to make it work. I think we did that as an offense. It felt like everybody played really well. And it just is great to have going into a Bye Week.

 

On how Gardner (Minshew) did today…

I thought Garder did a great job stepping in. He’s been preparing really hard all year, ready for his opportunity when and if it came. And I think he showed everybody today of the things that he can do. Very proud of him and just the way he stepped in confidently. Everything I expected from.

Lane Johnson

On if there was a difference with Gardner Minshew at quarterback…

No, not really. As far as this game, we’re trying to establish the run every game. I think we did that sometimes. I wish we could’ve converted some of those field goals to touchdowns, could’ve made it easier on ourselves. But other than that, not really.

 

On the conversation when the team found out Gardner Minshew would be starting…

I think it was around Friday, Saturday morning. So, we knew I think around then. Really for us, it doesn’t really change a whole lot. We still got to take proper set lines in the pass game, we still have to communicate at the line of scrimmage and run. The main difference is maybe the cadence (is) maybe a little bit off, or a little bit different. That was the main thing, trying to focus in on this week. When you’re away, trying to get off the snap count is crucial for passing game. That was really a big emphasis for us.

On what it means to win going into the Bye Week…

It’s huge, especially after last week, the way we felt leaving this building. We wanted to fix that. Obviously, not where we want to be, but this is a big step to stay in the conversation. So, we got the Bye Week, get rested up and then four big time games for us.

Miles Sanders

On his injury and if it’s as painful as the previous one…

Yeah, it’s the same one, same one I’ve been dealing with. Everybody is dealing with injuries, but I’m just trying my hardest to stay out there and that’s all I can really say. Just doing my best to stay out there and provide for the team each and every week.

 

On if he expected to see the holes as clearly as he did today…

I’m just ready for whatever. The way I train, I just expect for the most, you know? I feel like it paid off today. The way I practice, I take it very seriously. Whenever my number is called, I just got to be ready regardless.

 

On if he’ll be ready to play after the Bye Week…

Absolutely. Like I said, everybody is dealing with stuff throughout the league. I don’t know what they’re doing for it, but I know I’m trying to get back each and every week, no matter what happens during the game. I’m not going to let this set me back. We got a Bye Week, got an extra week, so get right and get ready for the next game.

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