Philadelphia Eagles to hire Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as head coach: reports

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles are hiring Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to be their next head coach, multiple media reported Thursday afternoon.

Sirianni, 39, has spent the last three years on the staff of Indianapolis coach Frank Reich, who spent two seasons as offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

Sirianni joins a long list of candidates for the Eagles job on Tuesday when ESPN announced it was interviewing for the vacancy after coach Doug Pederson was sacked last week.

Pederson’s departure came after five seasons, three playoff appearances, two NFC East titles and a Super Bowl victory.

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While in Indianapolis, Sirianni coached quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett and Philip Rivers. NFL Media underline one of the Eagles’ goals in their search was to find a coach who could help correct their quarterback situation. Carson Wentz was benched for rookie Jalen Hurts after 12 games last season, and Wentz has a hefty contract extension set to kick off this offseason that would make him difficult to move.

The Eagles will also have the No.6 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft in the spring.

Sirianni is originally from Jamestown, New York, and he played college football at Mount Union, a Division III powerhouse in Ohio. He started his coaching career there at the age of 23 in 2004 coaching defensive backs. He coached wide receivers at Indiana University in Pennsylvania from 2006-08 before making the jump to the Chiefs in 2009.

Sirianni spent four seasons with the Chiefs as an offensive quality control coach, assistant quarterback coach and wide receivers coach. Then, he joined the Chargers in 2013 where he met Reich. For five seasons in San Diego and Los Angeles, Sirianni served as an offensive quality control coach, wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach.

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In 2018, Sirianni became the Colts’ offensive coordinator under Reich, who took over the post after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII following the retirement of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Interestingly enough, McDaniels, 44, was seen as a finalist for the Eagles position in this coaching cycle.

The Eagles were linked with a number of coaches during their search, including the Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen moore, defensive coordinator of the Saints Dennis Allen, Cowboys Special Team Coordinator Jean Fassel, Defensive Coordinator of the Buccaneers Todd bowles, Chief offensive coordinator Eric Bieniémy, Rams defensive coordinator Brandon staley and much more.

The Eagles were the penultimate team to fill their coaching position. The Texans are the last team with an opening.

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Daniel Gallen covers the Philadelphia Eagles for PennLive. He can be contacted at [email protected]. You can follow it on Twitter and Facebook. Follow PennLive’s Philadelphia Eagles coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

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