Nick Sirianni may want to yell at Jalen Hurts before every game if it makes him play better.
The Philadelphia Eagles head coach yelled at Jalen Hurts on the sideline for being careless with the ball and losing a fumble. He did not have another issue with Hurts for the rest of the game as the Eagles scored 20 unanswered points and never trailed again. The final score read 27-17.
“Jalen’s dad coached him hard. My dad coached me hard. And so I think Jalen responds to tough coaching,” Sirianni said of their sideline chat. “He likes tough coaching and I wasn’t going to back down on him. I thought he was careless with the football and I let him know that. We’re just honest with each other. And sometimes it comes out we’re just talking through it. And sometimes I got to deliver the message just a little bit different.”
Hurts finished 20-of-26 for 296 yards with two touchdowns.
“He played a great football game today, one of the best football games I’ve seen him play,” Sirianni said. “What does he say? Flush it. Don’t look at it and then move on. So what an awesome job by him. And when you have a good relationship with your quarterback you’re able to have those tough conversations like that and we moved on and he played a great game for us.”
Hurts didn’t want to breach the trust between player and coach by divulging what Sirianni yelled at him on the sidelines.
“It was a funny moment,” Hurts said. “Whatever he said, it worked.”
“In high school I lived with the guy who was chewing me out,” Hurts said, “so I made it clear to Coach [Sirianni] all year like, ‘Hey, you can get on me a little bit.’ So after the fumble he came up to me and said what he had to say, and then later on in the game he comes back and he jokes with me and he says, ‘I guess I’m just going to start coaching you like your dad coached you.’”