Nick Sirianni impresses in first press conference with Eagles
This afternoon Nick Sirianni spoke to the media for the first time as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Sirianni spoke on the quarterback situation, his new coaching staff, and so much more.
To start the press conference, Siranni made note he’s in the process of talking to all of the Eagles players. Quarterback Carson Wentz has already spoken to new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and is ready to work with him.
Nearly every question to start was about who Sirianni wants at quarterback. Despite several different angles at the same question, Sirianni stood firm on his stance. He made it clear that they have yet to decide who is starting and would not indicate at all one way or another if either was being moved. Sirianni did make sure to state that he felt both of his quarterbacks were very talented and are “top-notch.”
One of Carson Wentz’s issues last season was being forced to play a type of football he didn’t excel at. When discussing his offensive style, Sirianni said he would keep his players out of bad situations and plays they did not work in. Changing this offense to allow Wentz to roll out more often would significantly improve his game. During his time in Indianapolis, Nick said they ran several offenses and wouldn’t be bound to just one scheme in Philadelphia.
When the media brought up Sirianni’s new staff, he spoke very highly of both his new and returning assistants. Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and Sirianni have a long relationship. He brought up their several meetings together over the years and the shared offensive philosophy between the two. New defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was also discussed. Sirianni proclaimed that Gannon’s football IQ is “off the charts” and he’s an energetic coach.
Returning offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland received glowing praise from the new head coach. Stoutland was commended for his hard-working group over the last several years and the high praise he received from Colts head coach Frank Reich. New quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson was complimented for his impressive knowledge and being a bright young mind while being the offensive coordinator at Florida.
Howie Roseman did not speak today, but Sirianni brought up some points about Howie’s decision-making role and their relationship. Nick said that Howie has full control over the final 53 roster. Sirianni “believes” he controls his own active players on game day. He also hopes to collaborate with Roseman on draft prospects and free-agent targets this offseason.
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