Three years after the Eagles lost to Colts Super Bowl offensive coordinator Frank Reich, they hired one of his best assistants as their new head coach.
The Eagles are hiring 39-year-old Colts offensive coordinator Nick Siriani to replace Doug Pederson, league sources confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN first announced the news.
Siriani has spent the last three years coaching Reich, who was Pederson’s offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017.
In 2017, a year before Reich and Siriani arrived in Indianapolis, the Colts went 4-12 and finished 30th in the NFL in points and 31st in the lead under Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzhinsky. the one-time head coach of the Browns.
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At 39, Siriani became the Eagles’ second youngest head coach. Dick Vermeil was also 39, but four months younger than Siriani when the Eagles hired him in 1976. Andy Reed was 40 when he was hired in 1999.
Siriani is the fourth consecutive offensive head coach hired by Jeff Lurie after Reed in 1999, Chip Kelly in 2013 and Pederson in 2016, and the seventh in a row without experience as a head coach.
The Eagles fired Pederson on January 11, just three years after the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
Siriani’s biggest challenge will be trying to help Carson Wenz regain his form in 2017, when he was on his way to winning MFP medals in the NFL working with Reich, before his knee injury at the end of the season suffered against Aries in Los Angeles.
Although Wenz played well without the Reich in 2018 and 2019, he is 17-21-1 since Reich left for Indianapolis and ranked worst or second worst in the NFL last season in virtually every major passing category.
Siriani, who interviewed the Eagles on Tuesday (January 19th), began his coaching career working with defensive backs in 2004 at his alma mater, the NCAA Division 3 powerhouse Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio, and then spent three years as a broad-based coach at the University of Indiana (Pennsylvania) before jumping into the NFL in 2009 when Chiefs head coach Todd Haley hired him as an offensive quality control coach.
When Romeo Crennel replaced Haley in 2012, he promoted Siriani to coach of broadcasters, and when Crennel was fired after the 2012 season, Siriani spent five years in various roles with the chargers under Mike McCoy and Anthony Lynn. From 2013 to 2015, Siriani worked with Reich, who left to join Pederson’s staff in 2016.
Siriani trained Chargers quarterback – in particular Philip Rivers – in 2014 and 2015, before moving to broad receivers in 2016.
When Reich got the Colts’ head coaching job in 2018 after Josh McDaniels changed his mind, he hired Siriani as his offensive coordinator.
Siriani was among the 10 candidates interviewed by the Eagles, along with Panthers Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady, 49ers Defense Coordinator Robert Saleh, Titans Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith, Patriots coach in the congestion line Jerod Mayo, Eagles running coach Duce Staley, Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, Buccaneers Defense Coordinator Todd Bowles, Saints Defense Coordinator Dennis Allen and Offensive Coordinator Keen Moore.
From this group, Saleh was appointed head coach of Jets and Smith, head coach of Falcons.
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