When Nick Sirianni was introduced as the 24th Head Coach in Eagles history, his opening press conference was nothing short of a disaster. Eagle fans and the media saw a coach that struggled to make his ideas clear, and seemed to go in circles. The Eagles were coming off a 4-11-1 season. With Sirianni’s presser, many pundits thought the Eagles wouldn’t be able to get to three wins in 2021.
Over a year now after that fateful hiring, and the Eagles head coach not only has shifted the national perception of his ability, but has changed the outlook of the entire Philadelphia Eagles franchise.
Speaking to reporters yesterday with just eight days separating fans from the NFL Draft, Sirianni and GM, Howie Roseman, appeared well-prepared. While fans may be used to the style Roseman usually displays to the media, some were blown away with the answers from the Head Coach.
To put it nicely, Nick Sirianni looks and sounds like a completely different coach after leading the team to the playoffs in his first year.
The Overall Process
One of the first questions asked to Sirianni was his overall job in regards to scouting upcoming talent on the defensive side of the ball.
It’s a big change on what Eagle fans have been accustomed to in recent years. With Doug Pederson, he ultimately claimed that Jim Schwartz (former DC) was pretty much the defensive head coach. Doug rarely focused on the defensive side of the ball.
It appears that Sirianni is clearly looking to be involved in every part of the process for both offense and defense this year.
It’s a welcome sight.
The Philadelphia Eagles have always had a history of looking for high-character guys in the draft to fill roster spots. Sirianni spoke more on that and talked about the types of players the team should be focusing on.
None of this is surprising. The characteristics Sirianni mentioned are high on the list for almost every single franchise.
But his overall delivery, and confidence show that Sirianni is far more comfortable than at any point early in his tenure last season.
The Eagles are far from a finished product. They have several holes on the roster and questions surrounding the QB, but it’s clear that they have a very good head coach that looks to be getting better and better when it comes to the day-to-day job.
And against this city media crew, it’s a far cry from where he was a year ago.
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