Q. How did T Lane Johnson’s week go? And do you expect him to play on Sunday? (Dave Zangaro)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, I thought it went well. He had a good week of practice and we’ll be expecting him to play and start at right tackle.
Q. How is G Brandon Brooks doing? Is he close to practicing? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: I don’t want to put a timetable on him. He’s recovering. he’s getting better. He’s in there supporting his teammates in every meeting.
I love that about Brandon. He’s a great teammate, he’s a phenomenal teammate. And so, he’s been there – he’s physically been in all our meetings and just giving support to the guys that – you know, to [T/G] Jack Driscoll and to [OL] Landon Dickerson, and what he’s seeing. And so, great set of eyes to have there. Look forward to when he’s back and ready to roll.
Q. What about TE Tyree Jackson? How far along is he and do you expect him Sunday? (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: This Sunday? Tyree? No, not this Sunday. But, again, don’t want to put a timetable on him. But he’s looking good every day. Every day he’s out there, he’s looking a little better. So, hopefully soon.
I just don’t want to put any added pressure on him to get back before he’s ready. So, we’ll see for next week or the week after that. But he looks good with some of the things he’s doing out there.
Q. What about TE Dallas Goedert? Do you think Dallas will be able to play a full game? (EJ Smith)
NICK SIRIANNI: We do. We do, yeah. And you know what, we feel comfortable with the tight ends behind him, that if he has to take a break here or there, then they can.
Because [TE] Dallas [Goedert] didn’t get some of the reps early in the week. So, we feel really confident in the guys behind him, that if they had to go in and take those reps, that they would be able to execute. But look forward to Dallas playing a big role this weekend.
Q. Did you happen to catch C Jason Kelce’s comments yesterday? (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, I saw that.
Q. I was wondering if any of that resonated with you after being here for nine months and particularly, like, the accountability part and the importance of it? (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: Sure. Accountability is always going to be important in my eyes, right? Just because, again, of our core values. It’s: Connect, Compete, Accountability, Football IQ and Fundamentals.
And accountability is such a big one there because that’s the steps that you make to get better as a player and as a coach.
And like I’ve said before, I have to be the first one that looks in the mirror and is accountable to myself, first, and accountable to this team if I want the team to follow what I’m doing.
Did I answer your question?
Q. Yeah, I meant, like, in terms of this city. (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: This city – yeah, the nine months – I just love the passion that this city has about their sports and how much they care about the sports here.
I think about here and there, like, the criticism that comes to – I’m just thinking – I just can only think about myself, right?
And criticism that comes with a two-and-four start and I accept that criticism. We’re not playing the way – you know, we want to play better, and we want to get wins on the board. And the criticism is granted.
And so, again, I’m doing everything I can do to fix the criticism because I want to be successful, and I want this team to be successful.
I think about how I grew up, too. Like, my dad who loved me – my mom and dad, but I really think about my dad who loved me so much. You know, when I made mistakes – when I was growing up in this Italian family that I grew up in – he wasn’t really shy about telling me if I was making mistakes. And he let me know about it.
But he was the first one there to hug me when I did it right. And he was the first one there to high five me when I did it right.
But there wasn’t a day that went by that I made a mistake that I didn’t know about it. He wasn’t passive in any way. And that’s kind of what I feel about this city, right?
Because I’ve seen the support when things have went well and I’ve seen the support and I saw the parade when the team has won. I’ve seen the support of the people that I’ve seen around this city.
And the criticism’s fair, right? We’re not where we want to be at two-and-four right now. So, I understand that. But I love that passion about this city. It reminds me of how I grew up.
Q. In 2017, you were on the sidelines for the Chargers game when Eagles fans kind of took over the stadium there. There’s going to be a lot of Eagles fans in Vegas this weekend. What affect does it have on a game when the crowd is full of opposing team’s fans? (Zach Berman)
NICK SIRIANNI: You know what I didn’t tell you, is my wife and I went out to dinner on Friday night at a restaurant and there was a bunch of Eagles fans there.
And I was, like — I don’t know if something happened where — I think I said something in passing, like, ‘Oh, you here for the game?’
And they were like, ‘Yeah,’ — and they were really vocal. ‘Yeah, we’re going to kick your butts.’ Right?
And so, I’m, like, Wow. I remember thinking that. And I had already known that a lot of teams that — you know, we had to do crowd noise at times in San Diego with — you know, with different reasons. Like, especially when we played the Raiders. That was a big one when we did.
But then to see that in that setting and see the Eagles fans travel so well, it was to a point — I mean, there was only 30,000 people in that stadium. Because it was a small stadium. But it was loud.
And I remember very vividly that the Chargers, we came down and made it a one-score game and the Eagles held the ball for, like, five and a half/six minutes on a four-minute drill. And you could just hear the crowd roaring.
I mean, as a Charger coach it wasn’t awesome, but now that I’m on this side, it’s pretty awesome.
And you know what, I’ve seen our fans travel to Atlanta, right? I’ve seen our fans travel to Carolina and Dallas. Like, you see it.
The response that we got coming out of the hotel in Carolina was awesome. It reminded me of, like, at Mount Union, at a game — the bowl game/the national championship game walking through the hotel and everyone cheering you. I’m, like, ‘This is kind of cool.’
Then you see some of the other fans, there was a clip of Lil Bow Wow — you remember him? And he was talking about, like, ‘Man, the Eagle fans overtook the Atlanta stands.’ We put it in our highlight tape, they were playing Meek Mill. It’s pretty awesome they have that following and to have the support.
Again, it goes back to the passion of this city. And we just want to make them proud, and we want to give them something to cheer about.
And so, really appreciate that support and look forward to seeing all the green in the stadium on Sunday.
Q. With the Raiders, they obviously are going through kind of uncharted territory. Did you notice a big difference in game one with Raiders interim head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia versus before with former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden? (John McMullen)
NICK SIRIANNI: Well, you got to think that Coach Bradley [Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley] is still doing the same things that he had done, because there wasn’t a change there.
And then just like I said, I got a ton — I got to work with Gus for a year. Awesome football coach, awesome person, very influential in my coaching development in a lot of different ways. So, I got a lot of respect for him. So, not as much [difference] on the defensive side.
There’s always going to be offensively — and, you know, in special teams, Rich is doing it. And so, didn’t feel a big difference there.
Offensively, no matter how much you think like another person, right, and so I think about [Eagles offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] and I or I think about — back in my past about [Colts head coach] Frank [Reich] and I, like, we — Shane and I think a lot alike, Frank and I thought a lot alike.
But there’s going to be changes when somebody else is calling. There’s just naturally going to — there’s going to be slight, little different changes. Like, ‘Where did that come from?’ Like, it’s somebody different calling it.
So, if I put up 10 openers and Shane put up 10 openers and [Eagles quarterbacks coach] Brian Johnson put up 10 openers and [Eagles passing game coordinator] Kevin [Patullo] put up 10 openers, every one of those would look a little different.
So, naturally, there’s some differences there on offense and how the game is called. But a lot of the players are the same, schemes are pretty much the same. But, again, you only have one game to go from. So that’s where we notice a little bit of difference.
Q. How has Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen helped with his familiarity of Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley preparing this week? (Mike Kaye)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, he just — we practiced against him for a long time, so just in that sense. And not that we know how — like, it’s just the practicing — when you practice against somebody for that long, you know some of their thoughts.
But he’s doing some different things here and there that, naturally, he’s going to do with different players.
You know, familiarity with some of the other guys out there like [Raiders LB] Denzel Perryman that we were able to practice against for multiple years. And even, they were there when I was there, [Raiders CB] Casey Hayward was there when I was there, and, obviously, with Shane — I’m missing one — oh, [Raiders CB Brandon] Facyson was there, as well, when he was there. And he brought most of his staff. So, it will be good to high five him before the game, give them a hug and go from there.