Late hit on Jalen Hurts sends Nick Sirianni into a tizzy – NBC Sports

NFL: AUG 12 Preseason - Jets at Eagles

NFL: AUG 12 Preseason - Jets at Eagles

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Friday night’s game between the Eagles and Jets may have resulted in a major knee injury for a New York quarterback Zach Wilson. The other starting quarterback also provided his team with a brief scare.

Jets linebacker Quincy Williams applied a massive — and late — hit to Jalen Dolas, after he scrambled out of bounds on a third-down play. Trainer Nick Sirianni reacted as if he wanted to go three rounds.

After the game, Sirianni explained his outburst, which included Sirianni yelling to the other side, “Saleh! What the hell?!

“I wasn’t mad at Coach [Robert] Saleh,” Sirianni told reporters. “I was mad about the situation. I was more angry with the player than coach Saleh. Coach Saleh is a great guy. I have so much respect for him. It was just emotions of the game. I just supported Jalen. I’m never going to apologize for supporting my players. I should have handled it a little better than I did. Obviously, I didn’t want that hit to happen on the sidelines. I know it happens, and I know , that it’s football. I was more mad about the situation, not mad at coach Saleh.”

Coach Saleh wasn’t happy with the play either. Mainly because it gave the Eagles 15 yards and a fresh set of downs.

“I spoke to him after the game,” Saleh told reporters. “Terrible of Quincy, and he knows it. He knows better. And those are the plays that Quincy needs to get out of his game if he wants to become the linebacker that I think he can be, that we all think he can be. It’s one thing to make a mistake in the game, it’s another thing to make a mistake that leads to points, a touchdown. It’s a good drive, we’re off the field, Jalen is a phenomenal quarterback, and to stop them, hold them to a field goal after giving up an explosive — pretty good showing for the first drive. Then that happens extends the drive. Whenever you extend the drive like this, it’s likely to lead to bigger points. So Quincy knows, but at the same time those are the plays he has to get out of his game if he wants to be the player we think he can be.”

The fact that Williams hit Hurts so late suggests Saleh is training his players to treat running backs like running backs. That’s what more teams will do – and that’s what the officials will presumably call proper this year. But a player still can’t be blown when he’s clearly out of bounds regardless of whether he’s a quarterback or a running back, and Hurts was.

For his part, Hurt had no complaints. “It’s happening,” he told reporters. “He beat me late. They called for a flag. We moved on.”

He was happy, however, that so many had come to his defense.

“I think that’s what we’re about,” Hurts said. “In the end, I think we have each other’s backs. That’s Philly.”

The good news for Philly is that Hurts came out of the game healthy. That is always the main priority for any team playing in the preseason.

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