We haven’t even reached the conference championship games and there has already been a seismic shift in the NFC East.
It was a year ago that 75% of the group swapped out head coaches as the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and the Washington Football team all brought in new people to run their programs. It was a bag of mixed results for Mike McCarthy, Joe Judge, and Ron Rivera as they all finished with below .500 records, but Washington did, at least, win a division title.
As amazing as it seems for one of the worst divisions in NFL history, the Philadelphia Eagles managed to be the most dysfunctional by a wide margin. There are a number of issues in the City of Brotherly love and they mostly involve quarterback Carson Wentz, the latest issue is of course that the team fired Doug Pederson, the coach who led them to their first Super Bowl victory just three years ago.
With Doug Pederson out, someone else would be in soon enough. The time has come as the Philadelphia Eagles do have a new head coach.
The Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to be their new head coach
It has seemed rather obvious that the Eagles’ focus in terms of their new head coach would be on a candidate that could come in and help Carson Wentz re-find his franchise quarterback form. That is the path of least resistance for the organization contending once again.
Much of Wentz’s success to this point in his career has been attributed to Frank Reich, who left the team following their Super Bowl win to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after Josh McDaniels spurned them. Reich has taken the Colts to the playoffs twice, but it is interestingly now his offensive coordinator that is heading to run things in Philadelphia. Nick Sirianni is the newest Eagles coach.
Eagles are hiring Colts’ OC Nick Sirianni as their head coach, sources tell ESPN. Sirianni spent three seasons as a Chiefs’ assistant coach, five seasons with the Chargers, and the past three with the Colts. Now the 39-year-old Sirianni becomes the lead man in Philadelphia.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2021
Ultimately there were seven head coaching vacancies across the league this season and Philadelphia only beat the Houston Texans in terms of the race to fill the job. Philly interviewed a number of people for the job which is honestly what you should do in situations like that (imagine a team hiring basically the first person that they spoke to when looking for a head coach… our team would never!!!), and they perked some of our eyebrows when they expressed interest in two Cowboys coordinators.
It was Kellen Moore and John Fassel that drew attention from the Eagles, and Moore even had an actual interview with the team. As neither of them are going to become the next Eagles head coach, that means that they will be staying with the Cowboys which is certainly very good news.
Moore signed a three-year extension with the Cowboys on the night before their season ended in Week 17 against the New York Giants. Dallas brought in Dan Quinn this offseason to handle the defensive side of the ball and he is also on a three-year deal so it appears that this is an important timeline of sorts for the organization.
It never seemed likely that Moore or Fassel would be the next head coach in Philadelphia. Still, it is nice to see them gaining attention around the NFL, ideally they continue to have success with the Cowboys to the point that this happens more.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what the thought in NFL circles is around Nick Sirianni, consider this.
From an NFL source familiar w/ Sirianni’s credentials as a HC:
“Good guy, solid candidate. Fairly smart but not super smart. Concern is he is likely to top out at a B-level coach for team that is in the mix to make the playoffs, but not a real SB chance. Low drama, even keel.”
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 21, 2021
“But not a real SB chance.” Oh well!