The emotions of Eagles fans are starting to switch from anger to complete confusion, as many continue to demand more touches for arguably the team's most talent skill player on offense in RB Miles Sanders.
"There's no doubt we have to get Miles the ball more, we have to more balance, pass and run, so I get their frustration and like I said, we're doing everything we can to fix that," Sirianni told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday, four days after the team's home loss on Thursday night against the Bucs.
The Philadelphia Eagles have just 132 rushing attempts through their first six games, fifth least in the NFL. Sanders, in particular, has just 57 rushing attempts, less than 10 per game. He has yet to find the end zone this season and his lack of usage is perplexing.
In 2019, as a rookie, Sanders tallied 229 touches, 14.3 per game. Last season, Sanders had 192 touches in 12 games, or 16.0 per game. So far, in 2021 under Sirianni, Sanders has a grand total of 75 touches, just 12.5 per game.
53 of the Eagles' 132 rushing attempts came from their quarterback Jalen Hurts, meaning Sirianni has dialed up even less runs.
"Well, when you're not playing good on offense that's the first place that the fans should look, is the play caller, and what he is calling and if it's working or not," Sirianni said when Cataldi asked if he understands the fans' frustration with the play calling. "And right now, these last few games in particularly, we've been bad on offense, there's no hiding it, there's no question about it. So I understand their frustration."
As for the second year starting QB, Hurts has struggled throwing the ball as well of late. Hurts has completed just 59.4% and 46.1%, respectively, of his passes in the Eagles' last two games. For the season, Hurts is completing 62.5% of his passes, which is tied for 26th among NFL QBs.
"I think he's making strides, I do," Sirianni said of Hurts. "We're never completed as players, as coaches, we're always striving to get better. I do think he's making progress. Again, how many starts? 10 starts in, essentially he's still a rookie. He is still taking care of the ball for the most part. We still got to get him to stay in the pocket at times. I am pleased with his progress. Again, we're never a finished a product and Jalen is no exception to that."