Report: Eagles hiring Nick Sirianni as their new head Coach

NFL: OCT 18 Bengals at Colts
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 18: Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on in game action during a NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 18, 2020, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by MSA/Icon Sportswire)

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have concluded their coaching search and settled on Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni.

I wrote an article just yesterday on why Sirianni would be the perfect man to help fix Carson Wentz. Here’s a quick recap:

What you need to know

Sirianni has spent his last three seasons as the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, with the last two working alongside Frank Reich. In three years with the Colts, his offense has ranked 10th, 9th, and 12th respectively.

This wasn’t the only time Sirianni has worked with Reich. He was originally a quality control coach when Reich taught the QB’s in San Diego back in 2013. One year later, both coaches got a promotion. Sirianni became the QB coach while Frank Reich was given control of the Chargers’ offense. He spent two more years there as a WR coach before jumping to Indianapolis and being later rejoined by his old Head Coach. Just for some added spice, he coached a 1,000-yard receiver in both of seasons, including Keenan Allen’s incredible 2016 1,398 yard breakout.

In two years under Nick Sirianni, Phillip Rivers completed 66.3% of his passes for a total of 9,078 yards, 60 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions. 2015 saw his highest amount of both attempts and completions in what was an otherwise disappointing 4-12 season. If we were to take the five most accurate seasons from Rivers’ stunning 16-year body of work, three of his’ five most accurate seasons have come under the tutelage of Sirianni.

2020 saw Rivers reunite with his old QB coach as well as his old Head Coach and the chemistry was clear. He completed 68% of his passes for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. His interceptions were nearly slashed in half, his fumbles dropped from 8 to just 2, and his INT% was the third-lowest of his career.

Nick Sirianni will draw a lot of comparisons to Doug Pederson, and rightly so. The Eagles clearly have a particular style of coach and offensive base that they don’t want to deviate from.

After an interview that reportedly lasted several hours, this was clearly a decision the Eagles felt comfortable making. With a strong history of getting the best out of elite talent, Sirriani could be the perfect man to right the ship and reinvigorate the locker room after a tumultuous 2020 campaign.

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