Philadelphia Eagles

Sirianni digs himself deeper with flower metaphor


Nick Sirianni devotes a lot of thought to the various messages he gives to his players.

“I’m always thinking of different messages to give to the team that I think really fit the situation that I’ve gotten before in the situation from another head coach or from my dad or whoever,” he said Wednesday morning.

And at 2-5 with five losses in the last six games and a few ugly blowouts in the mix, he chose an extended metaphor to describe the lack of progress that’s visible while – in his mind – the unseen foundation grows stronger and stronger.

This is … deep.

“There’s gotta be a message that I have to keep everybody together and to keep everybody sticking to what we really want to do,” Sirianni said. “This is what I said to the team today, I said the results aren’t there right now but what’s going on here is that there’s growth under the soil. 

“I put a picture of a flower up, and it's coming through the ground and the roots are growing out and the roots are continuing to grow out, and everybody wants to see results. Shoot, nobody wants to see results more than us. We want to see results too, but it’s really important that the foundation is being built and that the roots are growing out, and the only way the roots grow out every single day and they grow stronger and they grow better is if we all water, we all fertilize, we all do our part, each individual coach, each individual player, each everybody in the building that we do our part to water to make sure that when it does pop out it really pops out it really pops out and it grows.

“We are going through tough times and everybody wants to see results but just keep doing what we’re doing, keep watering. Look at yourself first and know, ‘Are you watering? And are you fertilizing every day?’ So when it’s time to pop it’ll pop.”

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