Eagles coach Sirianni builds system around Hurts skills
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – One of the most striking elements of the Philadelphia Eagles’ dominating season opener was how first-year coach Nick Sirianni adapted his offensive concepts to the skills of quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts, still dangerous as a runner, completed 52% of his passes with a 77.6 passer rating as a rookie last season under former coach Doug Pederson. Against Atlanta, Hurts was in total control, completing 77.1% of his passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. He compiled a 126.4 passer rating and gained 62 yards on seven carries, several of which were conceived.
Sirianni said the key to making Hurts a more efficient passer wasn’t a technical adjustment. Rather, it was about making sure Hurts was comfortable and confident in what he was asked to do.
“It’s just to get the reps from the games that we know we’re going to run,” Sirianni said Wednesday as the Eagles prepared for Sunday’s home opener against the San Francisco 49ers (1-0 ). “We’re sure he read a lot of these (defensive) things a few times during camp.
“You want to make sure they know what to do, with your base games they know what to do against every look. … What’s important to me is, “Hey, where are you going with this look? Where are you going in relation to this look? Where do you go when you think it’s that look, but then it turns into a (different) look, right? “
Hurts, who spoke to reporters after Sirianni, said “the whole game is being on the same page and communicating – knowing what we’re trying to do, knowing (ing) how to do it, and getting out and doing it. execute. “
Hurts is not satisfied with an excellent performance.
“I look at him and I say, ‘Just keep growing. Keep growing. … This motto will never change, ”he said.
Sirianni referred to his former Mount Union coach Larry Keheres instilling in him the importance of tailoring patterns to players’ skills.
“Before we think about the scheme, it’s all up to the players,” Sirianni said, referring to Keheres’ teaching style. “It is first and foremost about the player. Players, players, players, players, players, players. So what are they doing well? Put them in positions of what they do well, then try to match that to the pattern. I think that’s what it is more than anything.
Hurts is allowed to be audible on the line of scrimmage, but he should call for a variation of the original piece.
“Nothing is extreme, so it’s not like, ‘Just go do whatever you need to do,’” Sirianni said. “There is flexibility, but the flexibility changes depending on the game, depending on the look.”
Hurts ‘impressive performance in Game 1 led more people to buy his No.1 jersey. Sportswear company Fanatics announced that Hurts’ jersey rose to second in NFL sales, up 500% compared to the previous week.
“That’s all the love,” Hurts said. “I want to keep giving them a reason to wear it.”
NOTES: Rookie OL Landon Dickerson, the Eagles second-round pick, was a full participant in practice Wednesday for the first time. Dickerson was drafted while recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the SEC Championship game. … Several veterans of the Eagles were not practicing or were limited, with a designation of “rest”. … S Marcus Epps continues to recover from the concussion he suffered in Atlanta. … An ankle injury prevented WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside from training. … Rookie WR DeVonta Smith exhibits moderate and pragmatic behavior with reporters. Asked about Smith dancing topless in the locker room after the victory in Atlanta, compatriot WR Jalen Reagor said: “You all see ‘DeVonta’, we see ‘Smitty’. He is still having fun.”
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