You have heard the following statements or similar theories thousands of times. For the sake of argument, you'll have to hear them again. Philadelphia Eagles fans are built differently. They also might be the most demanding in all of sports. Sound about right? We thought you'd say so. Confidence is shaken. Everyone's on edge. Welcome to Week 15 for our Birds.
There are, admittedly, conflicting feelings. Think about it. Philly won ten of its first 13 games. They conclude their regular season with four more. All are winnable. That might be enough to pacify most sports fans. That doesn't mean anything to the NFL's most loyal contingent right now.
We have taken the temperature of a nation of Birds supporters all week long. Here's where we are. The emotional health of an entire fan base is in question.
Nick Sirianni joins 94 WIP-FM's morning show to tackle everything from Jalen Hurts to rookie Jalen Carter.
We, in no way, mean this disrespectfully. There isn't a member of the Inside The Iggles staff who isn't a fan of the work that's being done on 94 WIP-FM. We'll be honest though. If you're looking for positivity, you may want to take our favorite sports station's content in small doses. We, on the other hand, can't stop tuning in. We were rewarded for doing so recently.
Nick Sirianni, as is customary, joined The Morning Show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie this past Wednesday. Give the full interview a listen when you can, but here are some of the highlights.
Everything was on the table. That includes what's now being viewed as a simplistic offensive approach, the play of Jalen Hurts, and Philly's exciting rookie Jalen Carter possibly hitting the rookie wall among other things.
Nick believes, despite some rough-looking football these past two weeks, that no one thought Philly's offense lacked complexity prior to Philly's current losing streak. On the subject of Jalen, here's some of what he's thinking.
"I though Jalen, in this game, was decisive with the football. I think he's been playing good football. It's easy to look at the last two games and be discouraged. Trust me. We are too... But, if you look at the overall product, I think Jalen has done a nice job this year. Until the last two games, I've seen a lot where he's up for the MVP discussion. Were the (last) two games up to our standard? Not even a little bit obviously, right? We know we're a better football team than that. I don't think it's fair to judge (Jalen) just on (the past two games). "
Nick also complimented Jalen on his handling of the blitz. The other Jalen, Eagles rookie Jalen Carter, also received praise from the head coach. There's been some question about whether or not the former Georgia Bulldogs star has hit a 'rookie wall'.
Jalen Hurts and Jalen Carter will obviously be topics of discussion the rest of the way. The former is the face of the franchise. The latter has the potential to be one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball for many years to come.
So, now what?
Here we sit. patiently waiting on Week 15's version of Monday Night Football and a potential bounce-back performance. The opponent is one Philly often struggles with, the Seattle Seahawks. We'd like to tell you that a win would settle things, that it would steady the ship and everything would be okay. The truth is it may not, but here's the good news.
Though it may not seem like it, there are still opportunities for the Eagles to turn this around. They'll need better efforts from their best players, hence the conversations about our 'Jalens', but Hurts and Carter won't have to go this alone. They're surrounded by a phenomenal roster.
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