Nick Sirianni

Q. What do you think about TE Dallas Goedert getting a contract? What’s your reaction? (Ed Kracz)

NICK SIRIANNI: Really excited for him. He’s the type of guy that we just think the world of him. We think he’s a great football player, great on and off the field.

And just the type of guy you want to succeed and to sign contracts like this, right, and to keep in the building. So, really excited for him and his family and just the organization, that we could get this done.

Q. Is he one of those guys that you like his match up against anybody? (Bob Grotz)

NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, pretty much always with him. He does a lot of things really well. I think that’s what’s special about [TE] Dallas [Goedert], is that he’s not a receiving tight end, he’s not a blocking tight end, he can do both.

There’s not a lot of guys like that, that are really exceptional at being able to create mismatches in the pass game and also get their job done in the run game.

So, he’s shown that for some time now and he’s definitely shown that to me in the short time I’ve been here.

And so, again just really excited for him and for us that he’ll be locked up here for the next couple years.

Q. Is he on track to play Sunday? (Zach Berman)

NICK SIRIANNI: Yes. We’re expecting him to play Sunday.

Q. What about RB Miles Sanders? (Zach Berman)

NICK SIRIANNI: We still have time to make that decision. He’s had two good practices in a row. But we’re going to still just think through a couple of things and give it another night and then make a decision.

Q. What about DE Derek Barnett? (Dave Zangaro)

NICK SIRIANNI: He’s dealing with something with his neck and we’re just getting all the information. So, he wasn’t out there at practice today.

Q. Were you satisfied with the NFL’s explanation with the Dallas Goedert hit, why there wasn’t any fine or anything like that? (Tim McManus)

NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, again, they looked at the tape and they gave us their explanation. And that’s just for us to be able to coach our guys and understand the rules and everything like that. So, yeah, satisfied with that.

We always get the information we need from the NFL when we turn in calls. And, yeah, I’m good and I’m satisfied with the information I got from them.

Q. Have you ever been anywhere where you’ve had four running backs active on game day? Have you ever had any situation like that? (Ed Kracz)

NICK SIRIANNI: I’m sure there have been. I know it’s a rarity. But I’m sure there has been a time. Again, I’m glad that we have the four backs that we have.

They all have a special skill set that we like and that we can use. Again, a tribute to [Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager] Howie [Roseman] and his staff of the depth that we’ve created there.

Again, just think a lot of every back in that room and I think a lot of teams would like to be in the situation we’re in right now, to have four guys that you really trust and can go out there and make plays.

Q. When it comes to Miles Sanders, whenever he’s back, have you thought out the rotation? Specifically, in regard to RB Kenny Gainwell, he’s been the third down, hurry-up back. Is that a role you want to keep him in? (John McMullen)

NICK SIRIANNI: They’re different each week here and there. You’re going to have some third down things where you’re trying to create mismatches or using him for protection.

You’re going to have some things with different carries of, ‘I want this guy on this particular play or this guy on this particular play.’ And then you see how the game’s going, too.

I think early in my career, I’m like, ‘Oh, how many backs, how many carries is this guy going to get, how many carries is this guy going to get?’ The answer to that is you just don’t know.

It depends on how the game’s going, it depends how that particular back is carrying it.

And it depends on the way the defense is playing you. If the ones that do have our personnel with a number by it — with the back’s number by it, if that’s the road we’re going to go with the plays.

Q. When you look at the Saints’ linebackers, how tough are they in terms of you guys trying to get the run game going? (Martin Frank)

NICK SIRIANNI: We know they’re aggressive and a good group. I haven’t been up there since 2019. And I know, then, in ’19, I mean, No. 56, [Saints LB Demario] Davis, is just a really, really good player who is aggressive and can make a lot of plays to the football.

I have a lot of respect for their linebackers and their defensive coordinator and their linebacker coach of how they coach them.

But with 20 [Saints LB Pete Werner] and No. 5 [Saints LB Kwon Alexander], this is a good group of linebackers. They’re aggressive. They’ll hit you. It looks like on film, they’re instinctive and they know how to get to the football because of how they’re reading stuff.

And so, again, we have to account for them. But we know they’re good upfront too, so we have to handle that level first and then be able to get off to their linebackers.

This is a good front seven and they got good players in the backend, as well. Again, they’re going to pose a lot of challenges for us and we got to be ready and we got to be at the top of our game to be able to handle it.

Q. On Derek Barnett, is this something that happened in practice and is this something that can keep him sidelined? (Zach Berman)

NICK SIRIANNI: We’re still working through all the information on that. Again, he’s questionable right now. So, you can take that for how that is.