PHILADELPHIA – When Southwestern Central School alumnus and Philadelphia Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni interviewed for his new role, Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie says he stood out among nearly 25 candidates.
Lurie spoke during a conference with WNY News Now and other reporters Friday afternoon. Lurie says that Sirianni “shined” throughout the process, which he says included an interview process lasting between 10-12 hours.
“The research on Nick was terrific,” Lurie said. “It was somebody that knew the game as well as anybody. Football IQ off the charts, a grinder, somebody that had an unlimited work ethic, and a desire to be great. He always had head coaching from the beginning.”
Lurie further says that Sirianni is a “great communicator,” which will help him connect with players like quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts, wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey and more.
The owner, in addition, says that 10 candidates were interviewed out of the list of 25.
Sirianni, who has coached since 2009 in the NFL, explains that he’ll bring five core values to the organization as he prepares for his first head coaching gig. Those values involve being connected, competitive, accountable, smart, and fundamentally-focused.
“I get to be a part of a team, all of us, everyone in this building. We are part of a team,” Sirianni said. “I’m 39-years-old. I’m part of a team. That’s unbelievable. We all should feel so lucky to be a part of that team, and when you can get that connection, that’s a special part of an organization, special part of a team. All the best teams I’ve been a part of had that connection, so look forward to doing that with the people here in Philadelphia.”
The head coach says he expects his team to work hard and compete, which starts at each and every practice.
“We compete every single day, just like it’s important to practice a play to get good at that play so you can run it in a game, it’s important to practice competing,” Sirianni said. Sirianni notes that success in the NFL often comes down to a single play.
Sirianni says it’s his job to hold himself and his coaching staff accountable so that, in turn, his staff can hold his roster accountable on “what is acceptable and what is not acceptable” on the field.
The ex-offensive coordinator says the team needs to implement systems on both sides of the ball that his team can learn while keeping the opponent confused.
“Less thinking equals talent takeover,” Sirianni said. “But we need to have systems in place, and we will have systems in place to do so.”
Sirianni also says his team needs to practice the fundamentals of the game, including what he says is “situational ball.” Those situations include two-minute and four-minute offenses and defenses.
Sirianni, who attended the University of Mount Union, was previously the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
The 39-year-old also spent time as a Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach as well as a coach for the Chargers.
Sirianni replaces Doug Pederson, who was fired by the Eagles this offseason.
Watch the full press conference with Sirianni below, or by clicking here.