Ahead of the Week 13 clash against the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan shared insights with reporters, emphasizing the mutual respect between him and Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
The comments were made after Friday’s practice, serving as a preview of the critical matchup between the two teams, with Shanahan offering a glimpse into his insights about the Eagles’ coaching strategies and preparing for the challenges that lay ahead in the upcoming game.
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Kyle Shanahan expressed his deep respect for Nick Sirianni, who once shed tears during the Super Bowl anthem. He highlighted Sirianni’s ability to prepare the team to play hard every week.
The HC praised the Eagles’ commitment to the run game on offense.
“I love the commitment to the run game that they do on offense,” Kyle Shanahan shared. “I think that’s one of the coolest things. It’s not just that they’re committed to the run, but they know what they’re doing, too.”
He noted that it’s not just about commitment but also about understanding how to use the quarterback as a runner and passer.
“They know how to use the quarterback as a runner. They know the adjustments defenses have to make, and then they know when they are making those adjustments, how to use him as a passer. So I’ve got a lot of respect for them, just schematically and what they’ve done there.”
The head coach acknowledged the Eagles’ understanding of adjustments defenses make and how to exploit them. He praised their schematics and overall performance.
Kyle Shanahan admitted not knowing Sirianni personally but mentioned that Bob Lange, former 49ers VP of Communications now with the Eagles, speaks highly of him.
“I don’t know him the best, but Bob Lange (former 49ers VP of communications, now with the Eagles) speaks very high of them, so he must be a cool dude,” the HC added.
The 49ers feel well-prepared for the Week 13 matchup against the Eagles. Kyle Shanahan expressed confidence in his team’s readiness, hoping for better luck on the injury front compared to the previous season.
Eagles rank 1st in NFC East
The Eagles are leading the NFC East with a strong record of 10-1. The team has performed well in recent games and is maintaining a five-game winning streak.
Despite facing a 17-7 deficit after a lackluster first half in a recent game, the Eagles showcased resilience and came back for a 34-31 win over the Bills. The team has also defeated the Chiefs, one of the strongest teams this season and their biggest rivals.
The Eagles are seen as a team headed for a deep playoff run. The expectation is that they will rely on depth, talent, and versatility in multiple positions.
Despite the Eagles’ performance, no new top team in the NFL followed their 34-31 win over the Bills. With a talented quarterback like Jalen Hurts, who is getting compared with Tom Brady the team is poised to achieve more success. Now, the Eagles are set to face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, December 4.