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Eagles News: Nick Sirianni described as “very fiery” and “brilliant”

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As for Sirianni himself, here’s the scouting report on the ex–Colts offensive coordinator, since many of you probably hadn’t heard of him before a few days ago … • Emotional, which cuts both ways. Very fiery, but can take losses hard. • Creative in reaching guys (playing music for players, using movie clips, etc.). • Very detailed—and took some of that from working with Brian Daboll in K.C. • Has an extensive film library, which supports his desire for all that detail. • Grinds his staff hard, assigns them big-picture projects, challenges them in creative ways. And here’s another plus: He truly won the job. He and his family happened to be vacationing in South Florida when the Eagles put in the request to interview him late Monday night. He drove over to Palm Beach, where Philly was doing its interviews, Tuesday morning. He was back there Wednesday night for a follow-up interview, and Thursday he had the job. One other important note, before we move on: I’m told Indy coach Frank Reich delivered a sparkling recommendation. Obviously, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman know Reich well—the three won a championship together—so what he said did go a long way.

Frank Reich on Nick Sirianni: ‘This guy is brilliant’ -
On Sirianni’s role as the Colts’ offensive coordinator: “He was a driving force in everything we did as the coordinator. He really led the effort with the offensive staff to collaborate on the game plan and then he and I would work out the details. On gamedays, he’s my right-hand man as far as calling it. A lot of calling plays and setting up the call sheet is how you want the call sheet to flow and you’re thinking of ideas. Some of that is done on gameday, but a lot of it is done during the week. In my experience, there is nobody better at that than Nick was. He was a huge help to me and a big part of the success that we had in San Diego offensively and here (Indianapolis), obviously, he was a huge part of the success that we had together,” Reich said. “He’s been preparing for this his whole life. He’s a young guy in many respects, but I’m just telling you: This guy is brilliant. Football smart. To his core, he’s a football coach. He comes from a football family. He’s a natural leader. He’s got a lot of presence. He’s a great coach on the field. He holds guys accountable. Strong leadership. Good communicator. Phenomenal teacher. All the qualities you need to be a head coach.”

Report: Eagles interviewing two candidates for offensive coordinator job - BGN
Steichen, who called plays for the Bolts, has drawn praise for Justin Herbert’s success. The No. 6 overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft threw for 4,336 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions for a 98.3 passer rating as a 22-year-old rookie. Pretty good. On the downside, Steichen has been criticized for leaning too heavily on the run on early downs. There was also a really bizarre moment last year when Steichen called a run play for 3rd-and-1 when the Chargers had no timeouts and just 22 seconds remaining at Atlanta’s eight-yard line in the second quarter. The Chargers oddly had a similar gaffe against the Buffalo Bills as well. Head coach Anthony Lynn, who was fired by LA, had a part in the Chargers’ poor time management ... but Steichen was ultimately the play-caller. With Sirianni expected to call plays in Philly, that would alleviate some of the concerns about Steichen.

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Duce obviously wants to be a head coach or coordinator. The best way to do that is to go build the resume. Staying the RBs coach in Philly wasn’t going to change anything. Sirianni wasn’t likely to name him OC. Sirianni is trying to find coaches he has a history with. He did hire Stoutland as an unknown, but Stout has an outstanding reputation around the league (and college football). Duce has never been an OC. Sirianni would have been taking a big chance by going with someone he doesn’t know and who doesn’t have ideal experience. I say this is good for the Eagles because they no longer have to deal with the questions around Duce. I think everyone in the organization would tell you they want the best for Duce, but making him head coach or OC is tough. The timing and circumstances have to be right. Duce was just part of a staff that went 4-11-1. Firing Doug Pederson and promoting Duce would have been very awkward. What would make you think Duce had the answers to turn the team around? By letting him go to another team, Duce can be exposed to new ideas and get more experience. He very well could be a top candidate the next time the Eagles go looking for a coach (although hopefully that won’t be for a while).

Report: Eagles to Hire Colts Pass Game Specialist Kevin Patullo as New Passing Game Coordinator - Stampede Blue
Patullo just finished his 3rd season on the Colts coaching staff, his first as a pass game specialist, having previously served as the team’s wide receivers coach (2018-19). The New Jersey native has over 15 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL (with prior coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Tennessee Titans).

Bills denied Eagles permission to interview Brian Daboll prior to Philadelphia hiring Nick Sirianni - CBS Sports
Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had no shortage of head coaching interest, and will almost certainly be in demand next year as well, but is staying with the Buffalo for 2021, sources said. That is due at least in part to the quirks of the NFL’s hiring rules, and the Bills’ long playoff run. The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson over a week after the regular season concluded, missing out on the window to conduct initial interviews with assistant coaches involved in the Wild Card round. Daboll was a prominent name on the team’s list, sources said, but they were unable to secure an interview because the Bills denied them permission to speak to Daboll last week, sources said, as is their right under the process. The Eagles reached out to a Bills official very late last week, seeking to set up an interview with Daboll on short notice, but did not submit a formal request form.

Report: Detroit Lions hiring former NFL GM John Dorsey to front office role - Pride Of Detroit
Over the weekend, rumors had been bubbling up that the Detroit Lions weren’t done rounding out their front office staff despite hiring general manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell. On Sunday afternoon, that mystery was solved. As first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and confirmed by many others, the Lions are expected to hire former Chiefs and Browns general manager John Dorsey for an unspecified role within the organization.

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Stafford reportedly personally asked owner Sheila Ford Hamp for a trade after the season. If the Lions do trade him—per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, they will try (and Pelissero is absolutely correct)—what sort of market will there be? Robust, I would think. But with not quite the pot of gold in return. The likely prospects, plus what would be equitable for each franchise: 1. Colts. Easy pick. Frank Reich needs a quarterback and with the likelihood that Carson Wentz will stay in Philly, Stafford is the best option for a cap-rich team. Compensation: 21st overall pick in the 2021 draft.

The 7 biggest questions ahead of the Chiefs-Bucs Super Bowl - SB Nation
The biggest story of Super Bowl 55 is going to be Mahomes vs. Brady II. The first time these two faced off in the postseason came in that 2019 AFC title game when Brady’s Patriots walked it off in OT with Mahomes never touching the ball in the extra period. That is still the only playoff loss Mahomes has ever suffered in the NFL. While Brady is currently regarded as the greatest QB of all-time, Mahomes is off to a fast start toward making that claim before his career is over. Already having made two Super Bowl appearances before his third season as a full-time starter even ends, Mahomes is the future of the NFL, and he looks primed to have a record-breaking career of his own. But to be the man, you gotta beat the man. Mahomes has a long hill to climb to ever surpass Brady as the GOAT, but beating him in the Super Bowl would be a major step forward.


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