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What did the players think of Sirianni's flower speech?

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Maybe there’s a method to his madness. Nick Sirianni’s players think so. And ultimately that’s all that matters.

We've all had fun this week with Sirianni’s metaphorical story Wednesday about the flower and the roots and how that symbolizes a football team that’s improving but only in ways that aren’t outwardly visible.

But if his message is getting through and resonating with his team, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

We asked three of the handful of players the Eagles made available to the media on Thursday about Sirianni’s team meeting a day earlier, and the comments were really interesting.

“I think it was good,” linebacker T.J. Edwards said. “Every time we go in there, one thing I love about our team meetings is you really don’t know what to expect, and you’re always going to leave with something that you truly remember about how the talk went.

“I think that’s something kind of awesome that coach does, keeping it fresh with us. I think the team took it well. At the end of the day, we’re all here for a reason. We’re obviously disappointed how the season’s gone so far, but there’s no stopping us at all.”

 

Sirianni has said he has a story or anecdote for every imaginable scenario, most of them borrowed or adapted from coaches he’s been around in the past.

He uses videos, movie clips, famous historical quotes – whatever he needs to illustrate the point he’s trying to make in each team meeting. “It’s definitely meaningful,” Avonte Maddox said. “He has meaningful ways how he tells his stories and the way he tells them, they resonate for a longer time. You always know when you listen to them in football terms, but he just gives it to you in a different way. ‘Oh I never looked at it that way.’

“So it’s good for us to hear things in different ways because it sits on your mind a little bit longer and the more you think about it, ‘Oh yeah, it does kind of make sense.’ He always has his ways in doing things and the main thing is we’re still here, we’re still working together, we still trust him and he still trusts us. The way he tells us stories, they’re definitely meaningful in different ways.”

Rookie tight end Jack Stoll said Sirianni’s speeches have helped keep the Eagles together despite a miserable 1-5 record in their last six games.

“They get everybody going in there,” Stoll said. “Regardless of what he’s talking about, he finds a way to get everybody going and everyone buys in to all those stories. I don’t have anything else to compare it to at this level, but that’s the kind of head ball coach I want, someone who can rally the troops and really get us going and steer everyone in the right direction, and I think he’s continued to do that.

“Obviously, the record we have is unacceptable and not what we want, but he’s done an unbelievable job of keeping everybody close. You don’t see anyone veering off with their heads down or anything like that, so I think he’s done a tremendous job of keeping us together, and that’s a huge testament to him and his staff.”