Nick Sirianni led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in only his second season as head coach, but there’s a sense in the NFL that the 41-year-old doesn’t deserve much credit for the team’s success.
Philadelphia will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. The Eagles shocked the league by earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC and proved it was no fluke with their dominant playoff run.
After Doug Pederson was fired after the 2020 season, Sirianni was brought in to help develop Jalen Hurts, and that has proven to be a huge success with the third-year quarterback an MVP contender this season.
Sirianni is not a contender for manager of the year, which has some people questioning it, but there are others who does not think it is worthy of any credit.
“He’s a guy who’s doing a really good job of not getting in the way of his team,” New York Giants safety Julian Love said on “Good Morning Football” Thursday, according to 94WIP.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks. “He has an expert roster from top to bottom: offense, defense. He’s ready for a free ride right now. You guys can coach this team.”
The Giants were swept by their NFC East rivals in the regular season and were defeated in the divisional round, but Love isn’t ready to give Sirianni credit just yet.
Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen assisted on an offense that ranks third in the EPA by game and by Football Outsiders DVOA. But Sirianni’s aggressiveness also resulted in a team ranked sixth in fourth downs for which he should punt and seventh in starting pass rate. These factors made Philadelphia a stronger team than it already was.