The nightmare that was the Philadelphia Eagles 2020 season culminated with the firing of head coach Doug Pederson. Recently, executive vice-president Howie Roseman announced his replacement, former offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts Nick Sirianni.
The most vital job for Sirianni relates to how he will handle the quarterback situation in Philadelphia. The organization made this point clear with the statement by owner Jeffrey Lurie “It behooves us as a team with a new coach, a new coaching staff, to be able to really get [Wentz] back to that elite progression.”. The hiring of Sirianni is essentially a concession that the Birds will move forward with Wentz as their quarterback.
On the Wentz front, it is important to note that Nick Sirianni has been the right hand man to Frank Reich while the latter has served as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. This connection is pertinent as Carson Wentz’s 2017 MVP campaign came under the direct tutelage of Reich, while he was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.
Sirianni was able to achieve success as an offensive coordinator in Indianapolis despite the unexpected and abrupt loss of quarterback Andrew Luck two seasons ago. The Colts have boasted an above-average offense despite having subpar signal callers like Jacoby Brissett and the recently retired Philip Rivers behind center.
Many candidates were interviewed for the position, including Arthur Smith, Robert Saleh, Jerod Mayo, Joe Brady, Kellen Moore, Duce Staley, Todd Bowles, Dennis Allen, and Josh McDaniels. Sources report that the race quickly narrowed to just Sirianni and McDaniels, but the Eagles decided to choose the less heralded coach as he impressed the organization mightily across his multi-day interview.
Interviews are one thing, but the real test for Sirianni will transpire next season. The Eagles know they have a roster better than their 2020 record might suggest and they fully expect to challenge for the division title as early as next season. Of course, the realization of that hope will only happen if Sirianni can be the salve for Wentz and he once again plays like the franchise quarterback he was paid to be.