After interviewing a pretty extensive list of candidates, the Philadelphia Eagles made their decision and are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as the team’s next head coach. The search reportedly had come down to Sirianni and Josh McDaniels and Frank Reich’s underling won the job.
Here are some instant reactions from the experts, media, and some of Sirianni’s new players in Philly:
From an NFL source familiar w/ Sirianni’s credentials as a HC:— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 21, 2021
“Good guy, solid candidate. Fairly smart but not super smart. Concern is he is likely to top out at a B-level coach for team that is in the mix to make the playoffs, but not a real SB chance. Low drama, even keel.”
Quick take on the #Eagles hiring Nick Sirianni: I’m whelmed. Seems like a reasonable hire.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 21, 2021
Entering an undesirable situation, though, and there’s a lot that needs to be addressed beyond his control. Carson Wentz needs to help fix himself. Personnel decisions must be better.
I spoke with an NFL source who is very familiar with Nick Sirianni's coaching apporach, he said his strength is "He focuses on the positive (attributes) of players, as opposed to the negatives."— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) January 21, 2021
The source said he coaches to his players' strengths. #Eagles
... San Diego Chargers (2013) Offensive quality control coach; (2014–2015) Quarterbacks coach; San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2016–2017) WR coach; Indianapolis Colts (2018-2020) Offensive coordinator #Eagles— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) January 21, 2021
Two years ago, Nick Sirianni turned down an interview with the #Browns because he wanted to focus on the #Colts' playoff game.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 21, 2021
He didn't take an interview until this week with the #Eagles ... and now is poised to bring his high-energy style to Philadelphia. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/DPCiI50wUM
Nick Sirianni and I were both hired the same year in Kansas City when he was the offensive QC coach.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 21, 2021
That dude worked and worked and worked tirelessly, taking on any task asked. He earned the respect of everyone around him -- coaches and players alike.
Eagles got a good one.
Feels to me like Carson Wentz got his way with the Eagles hiring Sirianni. Hope that the new HC implements tougher coaching and the QB embraces it.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 21, 2021
I don’t have a Nick Sirianni take other than I’m glad it’s not McDaniels. Will have a draft related article up soon.— ben natan (@TheBenNatan) January 21, 2021
From Ben Baldwin pic.twitter.com/xrbB2ZjA83— Bleeding Green Nation (@BleedingGreen) January 21, 2021
Three notes from Sirianni on the offense he and Reich installed in Indy starting in 2018— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) January 21, 2021
1) multiple TE sets = exploitable matchups
2) getting the ball to receivers on the run w/in 5 yards of LoS (Jalen Reagor!)
3) using pass-catching running backshttps://t.co/IRjxOB5dTg
New Eagles HC Nick Sirianni was Colts OC— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 21, 2021
Players that played for him texted me this:
“Great game planner. Genuinely a great person. Will be awesome in the lockeroom. Has some fire to him”
I’m told he didn’t call all the plays with Frank Reich but had input on majority of them pic.twitter.com/B6yzIfxi2g
Meet Nick Sirianni. pic.twitter.com/CAmXD5hyTb— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) January 21, 2021
Three different starting QBs over three seasons in Indianapolis under Sirianni. Interesting to see how things changed from Luck (banged up) to Brissett to Rivers.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) January 21, 2021
Worth noting: Luck and Brissett had career-low sack rates under Sirianni. (Rivers' was second-lowest of his career.) pic.twitter.com/n8adszurZr
Coaching source on Sirianni:— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 21, 2021
"He really grew into his role (OC) since the beginning with Frank (Reich). You got that sense being around him he was ready for more each season. Frank was the perfect guy to have as a mentor."
Reich and Sirianni worked together with 2 teams. https://t.co/zrBPUecPch
The Eagles went through a first round of interviews at which point Patriots OC Josh McDaniels emerged as a favorite. They huddled, assembled a second wave of candidates Monday, Nick Sirriani was one of them (along with Dennis Allen and Kellen Moore).— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 21, 2021
And Sirriani won the job.
New Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni: pic.twitter.com/t6TxnxtAht— IgglesNest (@IgglesNest) January 21, 2021
Jamestown native Nick Sirianni's career in the NFL is certainly pointed in the right direction. Read about it here: https://t.co/fdy5LE1YZz@Colts @tomlangworthy @Coach_Sirianni @coachsals @GregVorse @GregTompsett @dlscotchmer @CameronNHurst— Scott Kindberg (@ScottKindberg) January 8, 2021
Nick Sirianni’s hiring by the #Eagles is going to be a significant marker in the conversation about #Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy not landing jobs. For the “Bieniemy isn’t really calling the KC offense” crowd: Frank Reich was the primary playcaller for the #Colts. Sirianni was not.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 21, 2021
@BleedingGreen you just got a great coach in Sirianni— Stampede Blue (@StampedeBlue) January 21, 2021
Nick Sirianni swooped (pun) in snatched that HC spot in Philly!! Congrats brother! Philly just got better— ROBERT MATHIS The1st (@RobertMathis98) January 21, 2021
Eagles player reactions
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