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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni on a fan throwing flowers at him after Chargers loss: No malice

Flowers are thrown to celebrate matadors in the bullring, but a fan throwing a bouquet at Sirianni after the Eagles lost probably had something other than congratulations in mind.

Nick Sirianni leaves the field after the game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Nick Sirianni leaves the field after the game against the Los Angeles Chargers.Read moreDAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni had a bouquet of flowers thrown toward him as he walked off Lincoln Financial Field after the team suffered a 27-24 loss to the Chargers.

The flowers — an apparent reference to Sirianni having shown Eagles players a picture of a flower at a team meeting to show its growing roots as a metaphor — didn’t hit the coach. Sirianni did give a long look in the direction where they came from as a security officer guided him back into the stadium tunnel.

Asked about the flower-throwing the next day, Sirianni spoke of self-control.

“I think that’s just something my dad’s always taught from when I was a kid ‘cause we’re Italian, we got hot tempers, and I think you guys know that about me,” Sirianni said Monday to Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team on WIP. “When it calls time for self-control, you’ve got to have self-control. Because I know in situations like that, the rest of the team’s looking at me and looking at, ‘Well if Coach runs up there like Ron Artest and starts fighting everybody, then I can do it too.’ And I obviously don’t want that to happen.”

Mused Sirianni: “And you know what, it wasn’t very good aim by the fan. He didn’t hit me. So I think if it hit me it would have been a little different. ... I’ve got to portray self-control. I didn’t say anything. I just kind of looked up there. But, hey, I get the passion of the fans and in situations like that after a tough loss, I’ve got to show self-control, and I feel like I did that.”

The Eagles are 3-6 in Sirianni’s first year as a head coach. He has faced criticism — and fans tossing items on the field after losses.

Two weeks earlier, as Sirianni walked toward the tunnel at Allegiant Stadium after the Eagles lost to the Raiders, a fan tossed what appeared to be an Eagles jersey in the path of Sirianni before yelling and gesturing toward the coach. Sirianni walked around the jersey.