Many wanted to laugh off Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni after his first press conference due to how nervous the rookie head coach looked. It was a true “don’t judge a book by its cover” moment for Eagles fans and media members as no one knew just how good he would be.
In his first season as head coach, Sirianni took a team, that was supposed to be rebuilding, from a 2-5 record to 9-8 with a playoff birth. After they were shut down by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it served as a wake-up call for the Eagles as a whole.
They just weren’t good enough yet.
In all actuality, it wasn’t even the sole fact that they weren’t good instead, it was just that they didn’t have enough talent surrounding their limited pool of talented players. Still, with the roster that he was given, Sirianni put his foot on the gas and focused on turning this franchise around.
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From his relationships with his teammates to the relationship he has with his staff, Nick Sirianni has shined in a place where most coaches can’t. The team has become a pure reflection of their coaches. Hard-working and never satisfied but also passionate and personable.
Currently, the Eagles are sitting on top of the NFL at 2-0. It isn’t the fact that they’ve won two games that’s impressing me. What’s impressive is how they’ve done it. With a balanced attack on offense as Hurts has been able to throw teams off with his ability to pass. It’s also how impressive the defense looked from week 1 to week 2.
With Nick Sirianni stepping back from play-calling duties with the Eagles, it has allowed him to add his dynamic to both sides of the ball. It’s also given him access to all 53 of his players as they expect their coach to be just as dialed in as they are.
The Eagles’ head coach currently has the 2nd best odds to be the league’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 season. He’s only behind Mike McDaniel of the Dolphins but without being biased, I’d give Sirianni the edge. What he has done for this franchise in less than two years is beyond impressive. It’s admirable.
He walked into the Eagles’ house after they fired their Super Bowl-winning head coach and were in the process of trading away their franchise QB. Nick Sirianni took a band of misfits from the players to the front office and turned them into one of the more feared franchises in the NFL.
He has embodied Philadelphia as his players have him embodied him. He’s created camaraderie between the coaches and the front office. Howie Roseman signed and traded for players that his coaches wanted.
That’s the formula of a winning franchise and as long as the Eagles are doing good, Nick Sirianni should be atop of the Coach of the Year for the foreseeable future.
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