Nick Sirianni owns up to 'Philly Special' blunder that cost Eagles: 'I've got to call a better play'

Nick Sirianni had the primary blunder in his brief head teaching profession, reenacting a play that arguably goes down as the best name in Philadelphia Eagles historical past. Sirianni, who has embraced town of Philadelphia along with his clothes line of sports activities workforce attire, obtained a tad obsessive in the course of the Eagles’ 17-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. 

With Philadelphia holding a 3-0 lead within the second quarter and going through a fourth-and-goal on the 49ers’ 3-yard line, Sirianni known as his variation of the “Philly Special” that failed miserably. Jalen Hurts took the snap and handed the ball off to DeVonta Smith on a reverse. Smith flipped the ball again to Greg Ward, as the previous faculty quarterback went again to go. Ward rolled to his proper to search out Hurts ultimately zone, however the Eagles quarterback was coated with little room to faux out the defender and make a play. 

Ward determined to only drive the ball into the top zone in hopes of a miracle catch, however the go went incomplete. Revisiting historical past didn’t work for the Eagles, as Sirianni tried all of the stops to take a two-score lead on the 49ers — identical to what Doug Pederson and the Eagles did to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. 

“We thought it was a certain coverage; it wasn’t,” Sirianni stated after the sport. “They did a good job of disguising it. 54 [49ers linebacker Fred Warner] gets the show running out there and can get everybody lined up the way he needs to, so I give them credit first. Then I felt confident in the play. The play looked good in practicing this last week. Felt confident in the coverage we were getting, and they didn’t play it. That happens sometimes.

“On second thought do I need that play again? Of course. Any time you name a play that does not work, particularly in tight video games and particularly down there in a seven-point play you are going to need that again. So, I’ve obtained to name a greater play.”

Hurts additionally took accountability on the failed “Philly Special,” saying he “expects to make all the plays.” As Hurts defined, the play was only one the Eagles did not make. The name appeared embarrassing for these watching highlights of the loss, however it’s one Sirianni does not second guess. 

Next time, it will not be the “Philly Special.” 

“What I regret is I just wanted — I think I should have called a better play and put our guys in better position to score,” Sirianni stated. “So, I take full accountability on that. Again, if it really works, then nice, we’re up 10-0. It did not. 

“In hindsight, I just wanted a different play call. I didn’t call the right play in the right time.”



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