Nick Sirianni speaks on AJ Brown’s frustration during Divisional Round: “Of course he wants the ball”
The Eagles decisively won Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup vs. the Giants and will move on to face San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.
At one point during the game, however, head coach Nick Sirianni spoke with a seemingly frustrated AJ Brown on the sidelines:
AJ Brown is pouting on the sideline up 24 pic.twitter.com/zz6txmX2io— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) January 22, 2023
Sirianni addressed the situation with reporters on Monday, stating that Brown is “always going to want the ball” but was excited to win the game nonetheless:
“Of course he’s always going to want the ball. He’s a really good player,” Sirianni said. “Not really anybody had a lot of targets or a lot of opportunities because we were running the ball so well. But that’s what you want from your receivers, to want to have the football. Part of the reason why receivers are good is because they want and crave the football to change the game.
“But make no mistake about it, he was thrilled that we won the football game, always wants to be involved in the plan, he blocked his butt off. You can see how excited he was when he sprang that block for DeVonta’s touchdown. But, you know, he was obviously really excited and celebrated in the locker room with us after the win.”
Sirianni also noted that Brown tweaked something during the game and “was hurting” but should be fine for Sunday vs. the 49ers. Brown caught just three passes on six targets for 22 yards on Saturday, but the Eagles will need him at full strength against a tough San Francisco defense.
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The 6 for 6 special in playoff form@DeVontaSmith_6 | #NYGvsPHI | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/VsmHwAQsSP— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 22, 2023
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