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Nick Sirianni’s creativeness shines through in Eagles’ debut

 

ATLANTA — For months, we waited eagerly to see Nick Sirianni’s offense in the season opener. It didn’t disappoint.

The Eagles cruised to a 32-6 win over the Falcons on Sunday, putting up 434 total yards behind the strength of a spectacular performance by starting quarterback Jalen Hurts.

But Sirianni says you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

"That was just Game 1,” Sirianni said. "We got a lot more left, a lot more.”

Perhaps that’s just Sirianni clinging to what he perceives as the great advantage of the unknown. Or maybe he’s telling the truth. Maybe the multiple-looking offense he showed at Mercedes Benz Stadium against the Falcons is just the beginning.

Because now that he’s put that — all of that — on tape, he knows defenses will work from it. He can use that to his advantage and likely will.

After watching the Eagles’ stale offense for the entire miserable 2020 season, Sunday’s offensive showing was like a breath of fresh air. No more trying to cram square pegs into round holes. Sirianni’s offense is all about being whatever it needs to be.

It was actually defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon who said during his introductory press conference that he had no defensive scheme, but the sentiment carries over to the offensive side of the ball. That showed in the opener.

The Eagles varied their formations, their personnel groupings, their play types.

There were RPOs, read-options, a multitude of screens, 11 personnel, 12 personnel, 13 personnel, 21 personnel. Tight ends were lined up tight and out wide. Same with running backs. There were some empty formations. It was, rather ambitiously, a bit of everything.

So what is Nick Sirianni’s offense?

Damned if I know. And that’s the point.

The most positive sign from Sirianni’s debut was the performance of Hurts, who had the best showing of his young career. He competed over 77 percent of his passes for 264 yards and ran for another 62.

Sirianni championed the idea of building an offense around his quarterback like the Colts did the last three years with Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett and Philip Rivers.

That’s exactly what it appears he’s done with this RPO-heavy offense for Hurts.

"There are options,” Sirianni said. "I like to give our quarterbacks options on plays and give Jalen options on plays, and you just react off the defense, so sometimes on run plays like that, and then sometimes on pass plays it's like that. So you built-in everywhere around the field and just trying to teach a quarterback where to go with the ball versus different looks, and Jalen did a great job of executing and start the game off with that.”

Sirianni previously said he didn’t have much experience with RPOs before his time with Frank Reich in Indianapolis. But during those three years, he gained a lot of knowledge about those plays and some of it — ironically enough — came from the Eagles’ Super Bowl season with Reich and Nick Foles in 2017.

The Eagles obviously wanted Hurts to work on the passing portion of his game this offseason because his running ability will always be there. His legs are still going to be a big part of the Eagles’ offense. It’s just about striking that balance.

So what was the Eagles’ offensive plan on Sunday?

"To try to run the ball down their throat,” Miles Sanders said. "We have like an an RPO (scheme), so there’s a lot of different reads that goes into each run play, but every play is a run (to begin), to be honest. Just trying to be aggressive and attack the defense in as many different ways as possible.”

Sirianni’s plan on Sunday worked. But based on what we know about him, that plan won’t be exactly the same in six days when the Eagles host the 49ers.

Let’s see what he has left in his back of tricks.

https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/eagles/nick-sirianni-creativeness-shines-through-eagles-debut

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I fully believe that we didn't see all of what Sirianni has planned. In fact what we saw was a pretty simple offense. Don't get me wrong it was effective and spot on but I'm not sure there was a whole lot to it? They just executed and took what the defense gave them. 

Next week perhaps the Niners look to take away the short passes. But maybe at that point Sirianni springs more of the long or intermediate stuff? Maybe he goes with a more physical running approach? It's going to be very interesting to see what he does against a good team and a very good defense. 

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4 hours ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

I fully believe that we didn't see all of what Sirianni has planned. In fact what we saw was a pretty simple offense. Don't get me wrong it was effective and spot on but I'm not sure there was a whole lot to it? They just executed and took what the defense gave them. 

Next week perhaps the Niners look to take away the short passes. But maybe at that point Sirianni springs more of the long or intermediate stuff? Maybe he goes with a more physical running approach? It's going to be very interesting to see what he does against a good team and a very good defense. 

I am hoping that Siri is the real deal, and we finally have a coach that will adapt to what he has in players and keep opposing teams off balance. Too many coaches have a desire to push their system and while it does work, when it fails or becomes too predictable, they can never change it and end up in the same rut. That was the issue with Doug. He was inventive when he first got here, was one of the only coaches to consistently go for it on 4th down and it threw teams off balance. He changed his system up for Foles and that is what won the Eagles a Super Bowl, but then reverted right back to his old ways after that.

He then became too predictable and instead of adapting, he kept pushing what worked for him in the past. So many times they should have been running the ball last year instead of forcing the pass. I think between that and his inability to coach up young talent is what got him canned.

What makes Belichick such a good coach is that he is consistently changing things up, whether it is his defensive formations or how he plays offense.

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Night and day compared to last year.  This guy knows how to scheme guys open.  Think we only threw the ball downfield 3-5 times because we didn't have to.  Other things were working.

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The QB is what makes it all go.......even with good skill players and a good offensive line......

Hurts seemed like he was in complete control, calm, methodical........he spread the ball around, didn't turn it over and threw it away a time or two.......

They have the weapons......young, fast and elusive and they have 2 top TEs......

And it's normal for a new offense to take weeks to gel and get fully implemented.....but it was a great start against Atlanta.

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Falcons looked lost on both sides of the ball 

I kept hearing about what a great play caller Arthur smith was and Gannon shut him down.

Then I heard all week about how dean pees was a great DC and was going to confuse hurts and hurts and sirrianni looked anything but confused 

Both looked calm and collected and knew exactly what they were doing and both executed 

Just a really well coached game on both sides of the ball and we'll executed by the players 

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