Eagles’ Head Coach Nick Sirianni has adjusted fairly quickly to his new role and the proof is rising to the surface now. The mark of any great head coach in the NFL is being able to understand and notice when something isn’t working, and changing it.
More importantly, the great head coaches in the league have been able to trust the staff he hired and let them do their respective jobs the right way.
For the Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach, Nick Sirianni, trust is the most important part of his staff. It could also be a big game changer for the team going forward.
While it has been previously reported that Nick Sirianni gave offensive play-calling duties to his offensive coordinator, Shane Steichen, Wednesday afternoon was the first time reporters were actually able to ask him about that.
His answer did not disappoint.
“I just really trusted Shane. Shane and I spend so much time throughout the week together, again, coming up with a plan amongst the coaches, and Shane and I are doing most of the heavy lifting.” Sirianni said about why he made the change to Steichen calling plays. “We shifted to it during one of the games, and I felt comfortable with being able to talk to everybody”
As a part of the trust, Nick Sirianni recognized that communication is key between his coaching staff and himself. It’s one of the biggest reasons why he relinquished play-calling duties midway through the 2021 season.
“What I noticed was, well, I wasn’t communicating enough with Gannon about something, or I wasn’t communicating enough about the defense about something that they needed to be pumped up or Coach Clay [Special Teams Coordinator Michael Clay] or the special teams” Sirianni responded.
There aren’t many head coaches that would not only relinquish their play-calling duties, but to also do so in a way to communicate more with the other facets of the team. Nick Sirianni’s approach has been a breath of fresh air for the Eagles.
Andy Reid was notorious for giving up play-calling duties saying that the tempo could become stale after awhile, but even he had Jim Johnson to effectively run the entire defense. Bill Belichick for all his work in New England, has had Josh McDaniels effectively running the offense.
The fact that Nick Sirianni has the trust in all of his main coordinators is an excellent thing going into year two of his tenure. It also shows that he doesn’t have the ego that other coaches have across the league.
“If I said I’m going to stand on a table and run these plays that we ran with Philip Rivers, because that’s what we do, that’s an ego thing to me. So, it’s the same thing here. I felt like I needed to make a change in the sense of how to free me up to be a better head coach, and I had a good assistant to call the plays, and so that’s what I went with.” Sirianni stated.
A lack of an ego, a passion for the game, and trust in his overall staff. It’s comments like these that have separated Sirianni from his predecessor’s in Philadelphia, and has helped usher in a new age in Philadelphia.
No more having a defensive coordinator basically being a head coach for an entire faction of the roster. No more stale play-calling or a lack of adjustments.
For this current Eagles staff, it’s all about growth.
And when it comes to the Eagles’ Head Coach Nick Sirianni, the trust he has will allow his entire staff and players to blossom.
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