By Michael Griggs
The Eagles have finally gotten around to validating the worst-kept rumor in Philly sports history:
They named Nick Sirianni as the 21st full-time head coach in team history just 13 days after the 20th, Doug Pederson, was shown the door.
Sirianni was offensive coordinator for the past three seasons in Indianapolis under Frank Reich, who became the Colts’ head coach after helping the Eagles win Super Bowl LII. In that role, the up-and-coming NFL coach played a major part in helping Indianapolis reach the postseason in 2018 and 2020.
Sirianni reportedly played a major role in putting the game plan together and then serving as Reich’s right-hand man on game days.
He also worked with Reich in San Diego where he was a wide receivers coach and Reich was the offensive coordinator. Those who have worked closely with Sirianni describe him as a smart football mind who is a football coach to his core. He comes from a football family and is a natural leader and communicator. Sounds like all of the qualities you would want in a head coach.
Reich and Sirianni guided the Colts to the postseason in those two of three seasons together, winning on the fly with an offense that used four quarterbacks in that time – Andrew Luck in 2018, Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer in 2019, and Philip Rivers in 2020. Indianapolis adopted to its personnel through the years and, in 2020, finished ninth overall it the NFL in total offense, balancing the attack, overcoming injuries, and putting pressure on defenses in a variety of ways.
Sirianni is known as an up-tempo personality with intelligence, as someone who can connect with his players but at the same time is going to be disciplined and demanding.
But there are many questions to be answered about an Eagles team that was 4-11-1 in 2020, finishing in fourth place in the NFC East.
Sirianni will provide details of his vision for how to turn the Eagles around after such a disappointing season when he meets the media, most likely sometime next week when he arrives in Philly.