After much speculation following the release of Doug Pederson, former Colts OC Nick Sirianni was finally named the new Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Going into his first NFL head coaching gig, Sirianni still brings a lot of question marks. However, at only 39 years old, Sirianni has still racked up 17 years of coaching experience and earned praise from former Eagles OC and current Colts HC Frank Reich when being hired.
While Sirianni was considered a legitimate contender for the head coaching position, his hiring came as a bit of an initial surprise as the Eagles were also considering offensive masterminds Josh McDaniels and Eric Bieniemy. Although Sirianni lacked the same experience as McDaniels and Bieniemy, what set him apart from other candidates was his apparent plan to fix Carson Wentz. With an ineffective Eagles offense and apparent altercations between Wentz and Pederson in 2020, the Eagles organization has made it clear that dealing with their QB situation is their top priority.
Coming off an awful year for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles as a whole, Nick Sirianni coming in is a perfect reset button for them. Because of this, nobody really knows how Wentz or Hurts are going to perform in this new offensive system. However, with Wentz’ best season in 2017 under Reich, there remains some optimism that Sirianni can follow in his mentor’s footsteps.
When being interviewed for the head coaching position, another thing that set Sirianni apart from other candidates was his claim that he could put together a quality coaching staff. In the days following his hiring, Sirianni and the Eagles have already worked towards that claim. Most notably, the Eagles were able to fill in their vacancies at DC by hiring former Colts Defensive Backs Coach Jonathan Gannon and OC by hiring former Chargers OC Shane Steichen.
Both of these hirings have the ability to greatly benefit the Eagles in 2021. With the Colts’ formidable secondary in 2020, Gannon was a highly coveted DC candidate and was wanted by other head coaches across the League. Similarly, Steichen performed very well in 2020 with the likely OROY Justin Herbet breaking out in his offensive system.
Other than his relative inexperience, one of the biggest knocks on Nick Sirianni is that he has never called plays before. While this is true, this alone should not hinder his progress as a coach. For example, neither Reich nor Pederson had called plays before becoming a head coach and they both ended up being successful at that. Additionally, as Steichen called offensive plays for the Chargers, he should be able to provide support to Sirianni or take over if needed.
Overall, the Eagles should see a drastic improvement from their 2020 season (can’t really get much worse). Although it is very possible that Carson Wentz plays similarly to how he did in 2020, more optimism remains with this change of staff than if Doug Pederson were to stay. While some fans are already wanting to move onto Hurts, it would save the Eagles a LOT of money if they can make it work with Wentz. Because of this, Nick Sirianni could potentially be the best head coach that the Eagles could’ve hired.