Eagles’ Nick Sirianni dishes on planning joint practices with Patriots, working with Bill Belichick

PHILADELPHIA -- When the Eagles host the New England Patriots for joint practices at the NovaCare Complex this week, Nick Sirianni says the workout schedule won’t present a home-field advantage.

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Sirianni and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have seemingly opposite opinions on practice workloads. Belichick is known for his meticulous and time-consuming practices. Sirianni, in his first training camp, has focused more on higher-energy workouts with condensed schedules. Saturday’s practice, for instance, was just over an hour.

Given their contrasting styles, the conversations about the joint practices have been extensive.

“I think people would be shocked about how much detail goes into planning each and every practice,” Sirianni said Saturday. “And you talk about each and every practice but then you have to set the stage right at the beginning of like, ‘Hey, here’s how we practice.’ So, it’s like you start from the beginning and you just have to talk about every detail.”

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Sirianni wants to improve his team, but he also knows that Belichick will have his practice priorities. The head coaches didn’t know each other before they started planning the joint workouts, so the negotiations have been a feeling-out process.

“You just want your team to work and get better from the scenario,” Sirianni said. “And you want his team to be able to work and get better from it, so you continue to build a relationship and work with each other.”

Belichick has 26 years and six Super Bowl rings on Sirianni as a head coach. Belichick has also worked several joint practices over the years, so he has an understanding of what can be accomplished between the two teams.

Sirianni plans to study the way Belichick works to sharpen his own approach. With joint practices on Monday and Tuesday and a preseason game on Thursday, Sirianni will have plenty of time to take notes on the legendary coach.

“I think I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy watching documentaries on great teams, great coaches, great players,” Sirianni said. “Well, shoot, this is the best in the business ever, ever to coach. I mean, this is the best NFL coach ever. So I really look forward to learning from him.”

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