Will the Eagles strike gold with new head coach Nick Sirianni?
I’ve been worried as much as anyone about Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie’s recent decisions. After all, the team went from a Super Bowl championship in 2018 to a 4-11-1 record three seasons later. That performance cost head coach Doug Pederson his job, to be replaced by Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni.
I never heard of Sirianni until right before he was hired, when he was listed as a candidate. When the news reported that he was chosen, I went back and looked at the column I wrote when Pederson got the nod.
I wasn’t upset with it like many others because I liked that Pederson wasn’t part of the NFL coaching carousel. He deserved a chance to be a head coach. And it turns out he did something no other Eagles coach has done since the Super Bowl era began: Win one.
It turns out Lurie owns a very good track record in hiring coaches. His biggest, of course, was Andy Reid, whom he plucked from the Packers’ staff. One of the greatest coaches in NFL history, Reid is on the verge of capturing his second straight Super Bowl. The only thing standing in his way is 43-year-old Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It really is too bad Reid never got a Super Bowl ring with the Birds, but it just wasn’t meant to be, I guess.
The point of this isn’t to say Sirianni is the next Reid or Pederson. We just don’t know.
But maybe he is.