Nick Sirianni Addresses A.J. Brown’s Beef With Coaching Staff

The star wide receiver is visibly frustrated after the Eagles suffered a disappointing loss at home last week to the Cardinals.
Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown (11)
Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rough end to December for the Philadelphia Eagles as they suffered a humiliating 35-31 loss at Lincoln Financial Field last week to the Arizona Cardinals. The frustrations are starting to show for the Eagles, especially regarding star wide receiver A.J. Brown.

Brown only had 4 receptions (5 targets) for 53 yards in the Week 17 loss and hasn’t scored a touchdown in five consecutive weeks (the longest streak in his career). 

Brown has declined to speak to the media lately but said to reporters after the loss that “there’s nothing to say” and added, “It ain’t directed towards y’all, so I just want to clear that up” when asked if he’ll talk this week.

On Monday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke about Brown’s frustrations in his day-after press conference with the media.

“I don't want to speak for him, but obviously when you have a dynamic playmaker like him, he wants to change the game at all times,” Sirianni said (h/t PHL Eagles Nation on X). 

“We're all frustrated, especially after yesterday. I know this, and I've said it on and off the record there's nobody that's a better teammate and person as AJ. I can't say enough good things about him. We're all frustrated, and I don't wanna speak for him on anything."

It doesn’t come as a surprise to see Sirianni sticking up for his star wide receiver, who is visibly frustrated about the team’s offensive struggles. As previously mentioned, Brown hasn’t scored a touchdown in the last five games, which is a significant issue. 

Ahead of last week’s game against the Cardinals, ESPN’s Tim McManus pointed out how Philly is 12-1 when Brown has a receiving touchdown and 13-6 when he doesn’t. The Eagles are now 13-7 heading into Week 18, but it shows how much of a difference Brown makes on the field.

With DeVonta Smith banged up, the Eagles must find a way to get Brown going in the regular season finale on Sunday against the Giants, as they still have an outside shot of winning the NFC East for the second-straight year.

Oddsmakers consider that a real long-shot though, with the Eagles getting +750 odds to win the division, compared to -1350 for the Cowboys.

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