The Eagles start the season 1-0 after beating the Lions, and while the players were excited about the result, several spoke to reporters after the match and emphasized the need to improve execution.
Midfielder Galen Hurts admitted it was nice to see that even though they didn’t play at their level, they still managed to find a way to win. AJ Brown, Darius Slay and Brandon Graham all echoed those sentiments, talking about different areas they think need to be focused as they prepare for Week Two.
Here is some of what the players said:
“I think it was a hard-earned victory. I think what I love most about this team, is showing up here in the first week, playing against a new opponent and seeing a new face, how flexible we were. We talked about not riding the waves of the game, being able to control what we can, And there were times when the execution wasn’t in the shape we like to have on either side of the ball, but I think in the end what made the difference was that we were resilient. We played together through the good, through the bad and the ugly, and we had each other’s backs. And it’s always good to achieve the win.
They had a great football team. Obviously not the same football team we played last year. They were flying towards the ball, they played very physically, they played with the mentality of the next play. So, I have a lot of respect for them and the coach [Dan] Campbell and Doss [Staley]. “
Hurts later talked about how they have a standard they set for themselves, something that only rises with every practice and game, knowing they didn’t play by that standard consistently on Sundays.
“But, it feels great knowing you didn’t meet the criteria, but you were still flexible enough and had enough dogs to find a way to win.”
The quarterback also talked about the environment, and how loud it was—something Nick Siriani and A.J. Brown also mentioned—but they were able to beat it. He stated that Brown had some big plays to build momentum, and so did Miles Sanders. Hurts credits his teammates for being willing to take advantage of opportunities while introducing themselves.
Hurts was also asked about some of the questionable hits he’s taken – which were taken in pre-season – but he didn’t worry about them. He said it’s all just part of the game, that he then gets up and moves on to the next play. QB mentioned that there were many broken plays where he was forced to throw the ball away to avoid the sack, acknowledging that sometimes it’s the best play one can do, but he wants to review the movie and learn from some of those situations next time. time.
The wide receiver talked about how feelings were building early in the game, so they were talking among themselves about staying calm, poised and focused. Brown said that picking up the two passes over the middle early on was beneficial to him, and that touching the ball as close as possible gets him off.
Brown set a record for franchises (10) and yards (155) for a player in his first game as an eagle, and WR admitted there were some greats to have played in Philly, and said it was hard for him to get to add his name to that logbook.
I admit that Sunday ball finds him a lot, but that doesn’t always happen and there will be days when you find ball DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert. Brown said it can be difficult for OC Shane Steichen to plan when they have so many talented players to get the ball rolling.
The defense hasn’t had quite a hard time as criminal communication due to crowd noise, but Slay admitted they still need to communicate better. Talk about how there are some things that need to be cleaned up, from penalties to large third-degree transfers. Slay also said they need to do better, especially towards the end of the game.
“It’s week one, a new OC to them, so we didn’t know much about their attack.”
Slay also said it was great to have Chauncey Gardner-Johnson there, and even though he’s only been there for 10 days, they still have to improve their communication.
“He did what he was supposed to do. Come here and run and play hard. That’s all we’re looking for to get out of him. He only got here 10 days ago. We knew he had to put in a lot of effort, you know, running towards the ball.” – Look at the ball, get the ball sort of. So, we just tried to simplify it for him.”
Playmaker CB was quick to admit that he should have had that objection come straight to him, pointing out that had he done so, they would have run off the field instead of leading the Lions and end up with a score. Slay emphasized that this is what they mean by implementation and they just need better implementation moving forward.
The veteran said it was great to be back on the field, and even though they have the things they need to clean up, a win is a win, so he’s going to take it. He admitted that they left a few games on the field, and had to maintain their 17-point lead, but when they started to let go of the detailed basics the mistakes started to be made.
One of the areas they really need to clean up is against running, Graham said, allowing 150 yards to be “unacceptable,” but they know what they need to work. Since it was the first game of the season, they saw some things they weren’t expecting, so now they can watch the movie and start building that.
Despite some of their suffering, and when the Lions began to climb back into the game, Graham said it was good to have no one on the sidelines pointing fingers, but rather a team effort to step up and stop and stop them from taking the lead. While some people may point to the light training camp schedule and the lack of pre-season footage of some issues on Sunday, Graham said they make no excuses and it was a priority to keep players healthy early in the season.