Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni offers a powerful statement on camaraderie

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool) /

The power of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ team chemistry and locker room cohesion can’t be overstated. The same can be said about a great head coach. By now, we can all agree that Nick Sirianni is on his way to becoming one. When you add all of that up, that’s why rumors of the organization possibly being a dark horse candidate to land Odell Beckham Jr. have fallen on deaf ears. The theory shared by many is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. As talented as he is, the Birds haven’t needed OBJ to this point. Why do so many believe that they need him now? It’s a fair question, right?

Now, please don’t read what hasn’t been written or hear what hasn’t been stated. Inside The Iggles doesn’t subscribe to theories that OBJ potentially disrupts a locker room. We actually believe the opposite is true. Sure, he loves attention, but he’s matured as he’s gotten older. We all have. The point here is more about what the Birds have built. Chemistry and cohesion aren’t an issue. This is a team that’s together in every sense of the word.

Maybe we’re wrong here, but we’ve rarely heard the members of a locker room tell each other that they love each other more often. This is a unified team with a great head coach, one who is truly a leader of men, and on the Friday leading up to Philly’s first tussle with the hated New York Giants, he sat with the media.

Guess what? The conversation shifted to a discussion about togetherness and a moment in which the organization found positivity despite a tough time.

Losses are tough, but last year’s loss to the Giants woke something up in Nick Sirianni’s Eagles.

Week 12 of the 2021 Eagles season was tough to watch. The Birds weren’t playing well. Nick Sirianni’s staff was struggling. Jalen Hurts was struggling. To make matters worse, Philadelphia was losing to the Giants (yuck), but all things considered, Philly still had an opportunity to win late with a final drive.

Jordan Mailata did all that he could to keep his team upbeat (you have to watch the clip of his day in that one if you haven’t). Unfortunately, hope ended as a final pass attempt from Hurts fell incomplete at the goal line. Mailata walked over to console his QB at the game’s end. It was a nice moment.

Nick Sirianni referenced that moment on Friday stating he was proud of how he saw teammates support one another. A photo of Jordan and Jalen from that day still hangs in the NovaCare Complex, one that speaks to his team’s comradery… or camaraderie (whichever spelling you prefer).

Here’s an update on what has transpired since then.

Following that loss to the Giants, the Eagles have won 15 of their last 18 games (that includes last year’s Wild Card game). Jalen Hurts is 14-2 as a starter over that stretch (he sat out of Week 13’s game versus the New York Jets in 2021 and last year’s regular-season finale versus the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s just say that they’ve turned things around.

All losses aren’t created equal. Some losses serve as a reset. That’s why no one complained much after this year’s home loss versus the Washington Commanders. Regardless of where this season takes us or what the Eagles become, Philadelphia has arrived. They’re set up for long-term success. They have the right coach in Nick Sirianni.

They have also found their quarterback. Jalen Hurts is a monster. He returns to the scene where he played his worst game as a starter in Week 14 of the 2022-2023 season. Something tells us that he’ll perform much better. Sure any loss to the Giants stings, but had we known that their last loss would have helped catapult this team and organization to where it is now, you wouldn’t have heard a peep out of us.

We’ve altered our prediction some. The Eagles win this one by 80.

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