The Philadelphia Eagles have found their next head coach. The team hired Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to become the 24th head coach in team history. Sirianni’s coaching experience goes all the way back to 2009; he has held a variety of positions for different teams such as the Chiefs, Chargers, and Colts. However, this is the first head coaching opportunity for the 39 year old, and he hopes to turn this team around after a very disappointing season that ended with a 4-11-1 record.
For weeks, it had been rumored that the team was going to select either New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or Eagles running back coach Duce Staley, but they went in an unexpected direction. Interestingly enough, Sirianni has a connection with Frank Reich, who is the current head coach of the Colts and was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles during the team’s 2017 Super Bowl run.
Furthermore, Sirianni clearly has control of his coaching staff, as new coaches being hired have connections to his career. Colts defensive backs coach Jonathon Gannon was hired to be the team’s next defensive coordinator. Gannon and Sirianni have been working together for the past three seasons in Indianapolis with head coach Frank Reich. In addition to Gannon, there is another coach who spent some time with both Sirianni and Reich; Kevin Patullo is joining the team as their new pass game coordinator. Patullo has been a part of the Colts since 2018 when both Sirianni and Reich were there as well. On the other hand, a new coordinator who does not have experience with Reich is joining the team as well. Former Chargers’ offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was hired for the team’s offensive coordinator position; they worked together when they were both with the Chargers from 2014 to 2017.
It will definitely be an interesting season for head coach Nick Sirianni; he has big shoes to fill, as the team has lost the head coach that gave this franchise their only Super Bowl in team history. He will also have to face challenges such as a quarterback situation that was extremely confusing to figure out this past season, an aging roster, the team’s salary cap, and most importantly, winning over the fanbase that is considered to have the most devoted and craziest fans in the entire NFL. Nick Sirianni knows what this job entails, and he believes he is up to the challenge to bring the Philadelphia Eagles back to the Super Bowl winning team they were before.
Nicholas Holdofsky is a second-year English student.