Nick Sirianni shouldn’t even have to defend Jonathan Gannon.
The Eagles are 9-1, the defense is ranked No. 2 in the league and since Sirianni and Gannon got here last year, the Eagles’ defense is 5th-best in the NFL. The Eagles have held 13 of the last 15 teams they’ve faced to 17 or fewer points.
They’re first in takeaways, first in interceptions, third in sacks. And they’ve allowed the fewest plays of 30 yards or more in the NFL.
You’d think Gannon would be revered around here, and he should be. But Sirianni often finds himself in the position of having to defend Gannon, and he gave the 39-year-old defensive coordinator as strong a vote of confidence as you could on Wednesday.
“I believe in Jonathan Gannon, I believe in Jonathan Gannon,” Sirianni said. “He’s a great football coach, and you have continued to see the defenses get better and better and better as he’s been here.
“I get it, we all get it, we’re in a week-to-week league when it comes to some of these things, right? We know that after a bad performance they’re going to be calling for us. After a good performance, right, whatever. So, we understand the waves of the season. (But) I believe in him, and he knows that, I tell him that all the time.”
Every defense in history has had a bad game or two, and Gannon’s unit struggled at times…