Eagles rent Nick Sirianni as their head coach
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The Philadelphia Eagles officially named former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach, the team announced on Sunday.
Sirianni, 39, has been the Colts' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. He spent five seasons as an assistant with the San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers (2013-17) and four with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-12).
Sirianni is apparently not coming alone as the NFL network reported that former Colts defender Jonathan Gannon and Indianapolis assistant Kevin Patullo will be traveling to Philadelphia. Gannon will act as defensive coordinator for the Eagles while Patullo will be their offensive coordinator for passing games.
Gannon reportedly interviewed the Los Angeles Chargers and Chicago Bears for the position of defensive coordinator on those teams.
While the Eagles' coaching team is putting itself in order, several media outlets reported that longtime assistant Duce Staley has asked to be released from his contract. Staley, the team's running backs coach, had interviewed for the position of head coach for the Eagles and is reportedly interested in positions available on other teams.
Staley, who has been on the Eagles' coaching staff for over a decade, is expected to meet up with owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Indianapolis went 11-5 during the 2020 regular season and lost 27:24 to the Buffalo Bills in the wildcard round. Sirianni's Offensive was ranked ninth in the NFL and tenth on the offensive (11th in passing, 11th in a hurry).
The Eagles sacked head coach Doug Pederson earlier this month after a five-year run that included a 42-37-1 record and Philadelphia's first Super Bowl championship. However, since defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the Eagles are 22-25-1.
Philadelphia's offensive was ranked 24th in yards per game (334.6), 26th in rating (20.9 points) and 28th in passing yards (207.9) in the NFL. Pederson removed Carson Wentz as starting quarterback after 12 games and replaced him with rookie Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles are looking for a coach who can help Wentz recover from a disappointing season.
Sirianni was the Chargers 'quarterbacks trainer from 2014 to 2015 and the Chiefs' deputy QB trainer in 2010.
– Field level media
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