Q. The tush push, did you guys come up with that or do you know what the origin was? Who deserves credit for finding it if it wasn’t you guys that created it? (Tim McManus)
NICK SIRIANNI: That’s a good question. It works and we just keep doing it. I don’t remember if we saw this — I know Reggie Bush did it to Matt Leinart a long time ago, right, in Notre Dame versus USC. There is not a rule against it, so that’s what we do.
I don’t know what the origin is except for when it works, we just keep rolling with it.
Q. Do you think the push part of it is a little bit overstated, like there are times where it’s just a regular quarterback sneak… (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: Sometimes. Yeah, it’s not always a push like that.
Q. Did you happen to notice that other teams around the league tried it the last couple weeks, and some unsuccessfully? (Jimmy Kempski)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, not everyone has [C] Jason Kelce, [G] Landon Dickerson, [C/G] Cam Jurgens. Not everybody has [T] Jordan Mailata. Not everybody has [T] Lane Johnson on the other side. Not everybody has that type of quarterback.
We noticed that last year when people were making maybe some big deals about it. There are a lot that are unsuccessful. You guys know who the teams were that were, and I don’t know exactly the teams that were successful and the teams that weren’t successful.
But there is clearly a talent to it that our guys have, because it’s not as — maybe it’s automatic right now for the Philadelphia Eagles, but it’s not automatic around the NFL, which is where you get — when you hear about it, obviously I get prepped for these things and I hear about — Bob [Lange] will prep me for questions like this.
You hear it and you’re like, well, I get that some people are complaining about it, but stop it. Stop the play. It’s not as automatic as people think as we’re seeing across the NFL.
Our players make it work, right? Frankly, us as coaches aren’t doing anything. We’re calling the play and the players are going out there and making it work.
Now, we did a lot of studies on everything in the off-season to help ourselves be even better at it, but it’s about those guys up front. It’s about Jalen [Hurts]. I think we would be pretty successful without the push, but we’re just pushing them sometimes to give that extra thump.
Q. Has LB Haason Reddick been affected by having to wear the cast? (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: I don’t think so. I think that’s something you’ll have to ask him. But he still changes the game because of who he is. That’s the beauty of pass rushers. As an offensive coach you have to be alert of where the pass rushers are, and we have multiple ones.
Whether Haason is — and I’ve learned this a long time ago — that these things come in waves. These sacks come in waves. There is a lot of attention given to guys, and when you have other guys like [DE] Josh Sweat on the other side that are making a lot of plays, that attention will shift back and forth, and it comes and goes in waves.
He’s been getting pressures, I know that. Hasson has been getting pressures and has been affecting the game being out there.
So, you’ll have to ask him. I kind of said I don’t think so, but that’s a good question for him. I know he’s affecting the game and he’s contributed to these wins we’ve had.
Q. What does it mean to able to get some key contributors back at practice like CB James Bradberry and S Reed Blankenship? (Josh Tolentino)
NICK SIRIANNI: Players like that, you want on the field. It was great to get them back at practice this week, and you feel their presence out there. Just excited that they’re ready to roll again, and look forward to them being out there.
Q. You mentioned the offensive line. Obviously, you’ve developed some guys along the way. Cam Jurgens this year, Landon Dickerson. You ever think back when you were a rookie coach? Most rookie coaches don’t get that corp on the offensive line. Ever say, damn, I got a little bit lucky with that? (John McMullen)
NICK SIRIANNI: I would say so. I think I said this a bunch. I wasn’t like a lot of first-year head coaches in the sense of I had veteran guys and leaders on the offensive and defensive lines, four guys that had played ten-plus years. Who has that? That have won a Super Bowl.
I think about that a lot. Usually when you’re going into a place, why do teams win and lose football games? In my opinion it starts up front on the O-line and D-line.
When you go into a place fresh and you have those guys like that, yeah, made my transition heck of a lot easier.
Q. Did you watch the Kelce documentary? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yes.
Q. What did you think? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: It was awesome. I took my wife and my son to the premiere. When I was crying in the first five minutes of it, I knew — I’m like oh, goodness. I looked at my wife and I had tears in my eyes and I go, ‘it’s only been five minutes’.
I told [C] Jason [Kelce] this, and one thing I thought was so cool. There was a part that was happening and I was sitting here my wife was sitting here, and my son Jacob, was sitting here. Jacob leaned over my wife and he goes, ‘daddy?’ I go, ‘yeah, buddy?’ He goes, ‘this is probably the best movie I’ve ever seen.’
I watched The Last Dance with him. I watched the Quarterback series with him. Because he’s just in this age of — the same types of things I show our players I want him to see. How many good lessons are in that?
I love the fact that he loved it. It was a special documentary. I remember calling [Passing Game Coordinator/Associate Head Coach] Kevin Patullo on my way home like, ‘that was unbelievable.’
It was awesome. I can’t say enough. Then another thing. There was a teacher-parent thing and my wife had to guess things that my son wrote down, like favorite color, favorite animal, all these different things.
One of them was favorite TV show. How did they match up? They were good. They know they got the same color. My wife said Jacob’s color is blue. She guessed blue.
We missed on the animal, but on the TV show she hit it right on, it was Kelce. I know it’s not a TV show, but they were both on it right there.
I guess he was telling the truth when he looked at me and said, ‘daddy, this is probably my favorite movie I’ve ever seen.’
Q. Maybe it was all the F-bombs he liked. (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: [Laughter/Jokingly] Hey, he’s growing up in Philadelphia.
Q. If WR Quez Watkins can’t go in this game does WR Olamide Zaccheaus bring a different element to the offense? (Dave Zangaro)
NICK SIRIANNI: Obviously [WR] Quez [Watkins] brings a type of speed that not a lot of people have. I like what [WR Olamide Zaccheaus] OZ brings to our offense. He brings a toughness. We trust him. He’s a savvy route runner. He’s got great football instincts.
If it’s his turn to play this week, I’ve got a lot of faith in him that he’ll do a really good job.