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Eagles News: Nick Sirianni hire ensures no change to the power structure

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Three questions new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni will need to answer - PhillyVoice
Part of fixing Wentz will be surrounding him with better players, and the Eagles cap situation has made it tough for the team to do that any other way than through the draft. With Roseman’s sketchy track record, especially in recent years, how much say will be afforded to Sirianni? After all, it was Pederson who ultimately paid the price for all of Roseman’s misses in both the draft and free agency. It would only be fair to allow the coach to have some more input, especially since he’s the one working with the quarterback day in and day out. That being said, it’s still hard to view Sirianni as the kind of guy who will push back against Roseman. He just doesn’t have the track record to do so, and is likely happy just to have a head coaching job in the first place.

Report: Eagles hire Nick Sirianni as their new head coach - BGN
The quick take here is that Sirianni seems like a reasonable hire. He’s an ascending coach who can hopefully grow with a team that isn’t in win-now mode as much as they need to take a long-term approach to winning. As we said when the Eagles fired Doug Pederson, though, this team’s issues go beyond the head coach. This isn’t an ideal situation for Sirianni to be entering. The Eagles lack a definitive answer at quarterback. They have a roster that’s old, bad, expensive, and inflexible. Howie Roseman has drafted just one Pro Bowl player since 2014. Jeffrey Lurie has been a meddlesome owner to some extent. Ultimately, Eagles fans can only hope that Sirianni does his best to make the most of what he can control. It’ll be interesting to see how he fills out his staff.

The Solak and Solak Show: Nick Sirianni NEW Eagles Head Coach Emergency Pod! - BGN Radio
On this very special edition of The Solak and Solak Show, host Benjamin Solak of Bleeding Green Nation and The Draft Network breaks down the Eagles’ decision to hire former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to be their new head coach. Ben details all the reasons why Sirianni was the right choice and what fans can expect from the Sirianni offense moving forward.

Siri, Find Me A Coach - Iggles Blitz
And let’s be honest about Sirianni. One of the reasons he was chosen is that he didn’t have a lot of clout. He wouldn’t come to Philly and fight with Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman over certain issues. Josh McDaniels would have had a better understanding of office politics and would have been much harder to deal with at times.

The Eagles hiring Nick Sirianni is almost as much about Howie Roseman as it is about the new coach - Inquirer
But it’s difficult to look at the hire without a lens obscured by Roseman. His fingerprints are all over the Eagles and they’re similarly all over Lurie’s decision to go with Sirianni over McDaniels, who wasn’t exactly a sure-fire hit either. The selection was unpredictable as few had Sirianni as a candidate. But the process, ultimately, was predictable as long as Roseman remained in place. Even so, it still may prove successful. And if not, it may be the GM’s last chance. Maybe.

What the Nick Sirianni hire means for Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN
A source said Sirianni has “great people skills,” is good with player evaluation and has a strong work ethic. Though maybe not the loudest of personalities, Sirianni is said to have more of an edge to him than it may first appear. There are also internal dynamics to consider. Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are deeply involved in the Eagles’ football operations. In order for that power structure to stay intact, the coach has to be amenable to it. Sirianni doesn’t come in with the clout of a McDaniels, for instance, and will likely be fine initially with fitting into that construct and focusing on the coaching side of things.

Nick Sirianni it is: Answering 6 questions about Eagles’ new head coach - The Athletic
Kapadia: The most likely landing spot for a Wentz trade is Indianapolis, where Sirianni is coming from. When the Eagles fired Pederson, the chances of retaining Wentz went up. I’m not ready to say they’re definitely keeping him, but it’s certainly leaning that way. They could view Sirianni as someone who will coach Wentz hard and potentially get the most out of him. I’m sure Howie Roseman will pick up the phone if he gets trade inquiries, but the most likely scenario is probably that Wentz and Jalen Hurts are on the roster this summer.

Report: Colts OC Nick Sirianni To Be Named New Eagles Head Coach - Stampede Blue
Sirianni has been the Colts offensive coordinator since 2018 when he agreed to coach for the Colts under newly appointed Colts head coach Franck Reich. Sirianni has strong ties to Reich having both coached together before in San Diego for the Chargers. Although Sirianni didn’t call plays during the game for the Colts he did have a huge role to play in game plans. Before his time in Indianapolis Sirianni worked for the Chargers from 2013-2017 working his way up from offensive quality control coach to quarterback coach and then to wide receivers coach. Sirianni started out his NFL coaching career in Kansas City for the Chiefs. He had several roles during his time with the Chiefs between 2009-12 such as offensive quality control, assistant quarterback coach and wide receivers coach.

Where does Sirianni’s hiring leave Staley? - NBCSP
The last three Eagles’ head coaches — Reid, Chip Kelly and Pederson — have all kept at least two assistants from their predecessor’s staff. But who knows if Staley would even want to stay with the franchise that’s now bypassed him for four jobs in the last five years. Staley could decide he’ll stay only if he gets the offensive coordinator job, but there’s no known connection between Sirianni and Staley, other than the fact that they both coached under Frank Reich, and a 39-year-old first-time NFL head coach could very well want to bring in his own guy and find an offensive coordinator who’s held the position before. Staley had the backing of several current and former Eagles players, such as Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Graham, Darren Sproles and Rodney McLeod, who all took to social media to campaign for him. If Staley elects to coach elsewhere, it could be difficult for him to find the ideal job just because it’s so late in the process.

Report: 49ers could add Darryl Tapp as assistant DL coach - Niners Nation
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that the 49ers are discussing with Virginia Tech co-defensive line coach Darryl Tapp to be the 49ers’ assistant defensive line coach. Tapp played in the NFL from 2006-2017 after he was selected in the second round by the Seahawks. Tapp played with 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans in 2012 when the two were in Philadelphia. Tapp also spent a season in Washington when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator.

Jaguars hire Tom Gamble from Montreal Alouettes - PFT
The two worked together in San Francisco, where Gamble spent 10 seasons, including 2015-16 as assistant General Manager. Gamble left the 49ers when John Lynch was hired as General Manager, and Gamble followed Jim Harbaugh to the University of Michigan in 2017. Gamble went to the CFL in early 2020 before the pandemic canceled the league’s season. He also has worked for the Eagles, Jets, Panthers and Colts in his 29 NFL seasons. Gamble’s father, Harry, served as the Eagles’ General Manager from 1985-95. [BLG Note: Anyone else totally forget that Gamble existed?]

Report: Philadelphia Eagles to hire Nick Sirianni as head coach, not Kellen Moore or John Fassel - Blogging The Boys
It has seemed rather obvious that the Eagles’ focus in terms of their new head coach would be on a candidate that could come in and help Carson Wentz re-find his franchise quarterback form. That is the path of least resistance for the organization contending once again. Much of Wentz’s success to this point in his career has been attributed to Frank Reich, who left the team following their Super Bowl win to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after Josh McDaniels spurned them. Reich has taken the Colts to the playoffs twice, but it is interestingly now his offensive coordinator that is heading to run things in Philadelphia. Nick Sirianni is the newest Eagles coach.

5 candidates to replace Dave DeGuglielmo as Giants’ offensive line coach - Big Blue View
Jeff Stoutland is currently offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, though, do not have a head coach. That makes it possible that Stoutland will be looking for work once they get one. There has even been speculation that DeGuglielmo, hired by Josh McDaniels for his Indianapolis Colts staff before McDaniels bolted, could land in Philly if McDaniels gets that gig. Stoutland, 62, is a Staten Island native who has been with the Eagles since 2013. He was offensive line coach at Alabama from 2009-2011 and has a connection to Giants head coach Joe Judge, who was a special teams assistant at Alabama from 2009-2011.

Report: Martin Mayhew will be Washington’s new GM, Marty Hurney still joining the front office - Hogs Haven
We have another twist in Washington’s search for a new General Manager. Yesterday, reports came out that Washington would also be adding Martin Mayhew as an executive in the front office. Chris Russell, and some others, had been reporting that this pairing could be coming to Washington, and they were Head Coach Ron Rivera’s top candidates in his new vision for the team. Chris Russell was on The Kevin Sheehan Show this morning and threw a wrench into those plans when he said one of his sources told him the front office structure is still unsettled, and it could be Mayhew getting the GM title, and not Hurney which had been widely reported. He didn’t know which way the Marty coin would land, and actually had Hurney as his final prediction for the top executive spot.

Tracking every NFL GM and head coaching change - SB Nation
An up-and-coming name in coaching circles, the Eagles hired Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirriani. A 39-year-old coach, Sirriani was responsible for building and re-building the Colts, transitioning from Andrew Luck’s shock retirement, to working with Philip Rivers. He’s proven an ability to adjust on the fly and rework teams, making him an exciting choice for the Eagles.

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