Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni previously rejected views that he should take away offensive coordinator duties from Brian Johnson after double-digit losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
Sirianni appeared to send a direct message to his squad and critics during Thursday's press conference.
“We're not pushing the panic button of 'we have to do everything differently,'” Sirianni said, per Josh Alper with Pro Football Talk and Nick Shook on the NFL website. “We haven't played well and haven't trained well in the last two weeks. It wasn't up to our level, so we're in… and we're looking for ways to fix it.”
Specifically, Shook mentioned that the 10-3 Eagles are responsible for the +21 point differential. For comparison, first place The Cowboys (10-3) lead the league with a +188 point differential.
Earlier this week, Eagles defensive coordinator Sean Desai raised questions about why opponents are converting 48.1% of third-down opportunities against his defense this season and why the San Francisco and Dallas offenses have dominated Philadelphia's defense in the red zone. Sirianni didn't want to go into specifics about how he will try to address such issues, starting with the upcoming “Monday Night Football” game against the 6-7 Seattle Seahawks.
“As I said, we have our ideas about what we do, but sometimes different possibilities are considered, whether it is external criticism or an analytical issue,” Sirianni continued in his comments. “The art is to know what criticism you listen to and which is a joke. But our job as coaches is to discuss everything we can do.”
Since early Thursday evening chance checker placed the Eagles as a 3.5-point favorite against the Seahawks. One wonders whether Sirianni will at least look towards the so-called “panic button” if his team loses a third straight game before Christmas.