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Nick Sirianni: Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh were ‘outstanding’ in their debuts

11/22/2022 5:57:20 PM
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Eagles defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh weren’t entirely sure what to expect this past weekend when they boarded the team’s charter plane bound for Indianapolis. In the days leading up to Sunday’s game, both players had barely gotten to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings and teammates, let alone learn the defensive playbook.

However, Joseph and Suh went on to serve critical roles during their debuts, with the Eagles claiming a 17-16 comeback victory over the Colts, Josh Tolentino of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“Suh and Joseph — they both played outstanding games,” coach Nick Sirianni said. “It was great to get them going, get in here, and make an immediate impact.”

After the two players signed on consecutive days last week, Joseph received the larger workload between the two, with his 26 defensive snaps compared to Suh’s 17. Neither had played in an NFL game since the end of the 2021 season.

“It’s a grind for everybody involved,” Sirianni said. “The time commitment, whatever we had to do to get these guys involved. Coach Rock [defensive line coach Tracy Rocker] did a great job of getting them the necessary materials and teaching them to the point they could understand it. ... Those guys worked their butts off to get it done. That’s why they’re true professionals.”

“We thought the entire defensive line played really well,” Sirianni said. “Obviously those two guys played really well. It was exciting to see that, and all the plays that we felt were splash or play-of-the-game-type caliber plays had something to do with the defensive line.

“I think that’s what we were all hoping for, what they did. That speaks to the type of players they are, the types of pros they are, the types of teammates they are. I look forward to continuing to mix them into an already really outstanding defensive line that I think a lot of teams in this league would be salivating to have.”

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