If the Eagles are going to have a successful future past 2021, the newly assembled coaching staff under Nick Sirianni must be given time and exercise patience.
Patience is a virtue
Like Carson Wentz, Sirianni is coaching a team that has a statue of his predecessor outside of the home stadium. The end of such a poignant era is not going to magically happen without a few bumps, bruises, and comparisons. In order for the Sirianni era to work, his vision and influence must be given time to seep into the entire organization.
Remember in 2016 when Doug Pederson was hired and everyone questioned the move? The Eagles then went 7-9 with a young and extremely talentless roster and pre-existing concerns were amplified. One year later, they were put to bed to the lullaby of ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ bellowing out from Minneapolis – the site of the teams’ first-ever Super Bowl ring.
These things take time. Sirianni isn’t going to right the ship immediately. This is one of the oldest rosters in the NFL with a horrible cap situation. The best thing the Eagles can do is allow Sirianni to show how he can coach up younger talent as the Eagles begin the transition to a new age.
The Eagles are making the right calls, but do they have the right attitude?
Earlier this week, the Eagles hired Shane Steichen as their new Offensive Coordinator. This means that the Head Coach and both of his coordinators are all under the age of 40 – a sharp contrast to the last time the front office decided to hit the reset button.
The Eagles not only need youth on the coaching staff but infused across the roster. With that transition comes more growing pains and mental mistakes from both areas of the team. The transition will take time.
Patience is not something the team showed after Doug Pederson endured one bad season following a streak of three consecutive postseason appearances and a Lombardi Trophy. But like the ages of the new hires are a strong contrast to the former era, their attitudes will need to follow suit.
In order for the Eagles to fully get back to their dominant, playoff-consistent days, the front office, and fans must embrace the long process of a methodical rebuild.
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