NFL Rumors: Eagles Pass On Josh McDaniels, Hire Nick Sirianni As Head Coach

McDaniels was a reported finalist for the job


January 21, 2021

Josh McDaniels’ return to New England is looking increasingly likely.

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly have hired Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as Doug Pederson’s replacement as head coach, according to multiple reports.

Sirianni, 39, has spent the last three seasons as the OC for the Colts. Prior to that he was the wide receivers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams.

Sirianni is something of a dark-horse candidate, as the Eagles’ decision, as recently as this week, was down to Duce Staley and McDanielswho reportedly was building a coaching staff.

It was somewhat surprising that McDaniels even got an interview in the first place, but with head coaching opportunities rapidly diminishing, it seems like a near-certainty McDaniels returns to the Patriots.

Ironically, Sirianni’s gig with the Colts was, in a way, made possible by McDaniels. Sirianni was picked as part of Frank Reich’s coaching staff, and the only reason Reich became coach was because McDaniels left the Colts at the altar to return to the Patriots in 2018.

Thumbnail photo via Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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