There's something about injuries. They can turn an oft-neglected and ignored area of the body into the most discussed. During the Nick Sirianni coaching era with the Philadelphia Eagles, we have discussed ankles often: Jalen Hurts ankle... Jalen Carter's ankle... and, now, the ankle belonging to Lane Johnson.
The news has often turned out to be better than we originally anticipated. We didn't like the results of Hurts' first postseason appearance, but at least he was able to start the game and finish. Then, there's Jalen Carter. He missed Week 6's game versus the New York Jets due to injury. That brings us to 'Night Train Lane'.
Okay... We realize that never has he ever been called 'Night Train'. Bear with us though. We're going somewhere here.
Eagles news: Lane Johnson's ankle injury isn't believed to be serious.
There's nothing that evokes feelings of defeat like seeing the best players on your team lying on the ground injured. The wind was taken out of Birds fans' sails when Lane left Week 6's game, and we have all been waiting for updates ever since. On Monday we received one
We have determined that Lane Johnson isn't a man. He's an alien. And, you know what? That's just fine with us.
It has been proven time and time again. The Eagles are a much better team with him than they are without him. Next up on the schedule is a home date in kelly green versus the Miami Dolphins.
It's still too early to know if Lane will play in that one, but there's a chance that he could. That's good enough for us considering how we all felt a little over 24 hours ago.
More Eagles news: Nick Sirianni backs Brian Johnson
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke with the media on Monday following Philly's first loss of the season. It's only one loss, but there is concern. Some of which surround Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and his playcalling.
Don't worry. Coach has his back.
"I thought [Offensive Coordinator] Brian [Johnson] did a nice job. I think when you really look at it, there are some detail things, right? Again, there are always going to be detail things as coaches you want back. Always going to be detail things as players you want back.
So, there are some detail things there. When we talk about a design of a play, I’m always going to take the brunt of that, of, hey, this design wasn’t good enough. There definitely were a couple of those that the design, I’m like, I didn’t really like the design of this play right here.
To me, when that is the case that’s 100% on me."
Yeah, we all know that Nick, but inquiring minds want to know. Can this guy get the job done or not?
"...As you look at it, it’s going to be hard to sustain drives, score points, when you turn the ball over. The turnovers, it was all something different, each one of them. It wasn’t all on one guy. Jalen gets three interceptions to his name, but they’re not all on him.
In fact, I only saw one of them that was on Jalen that he’ll want back.
The other ones were on other things. I’m not going to sit here and say this was on this. One of them was on me. Ya’ll can look to see who you think the other one was on."
It's a team game. We ride together... We die together (in a figurative sense)... Bad boys for life... Or something like that. Perhaps Coach said it best.
"So I didn’t think, again, there are some designs you want back, but the main issue is I thought Brian did a fine job, but I thought the main issue is any time you’re minus four in the turnover category it’s going to be tough to win that game and tough to score points, and going to be tough to sustain drives."
It's football! Some things go your way. Some things won't. We fully expect Philly to shake this off and be ready to go versus the Miami Dolphins in primetime.