Eagles coach Nick Sirianni discusses his tears after win over Colts

Second-year Eagles coach Nick Sirianni often wears his emotions on his sleeve.

Once he’s on the football field, he doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind, whether it’s with players, coaches, officials or fans.

After the team’s comeback victory in Indianapolis on Sunday, Sirianni jumped into one of the seats on the visitors’ sidelines and yelled to nearby fans, “This is [crap] Frank was for Reich!’

Reich, the former Eagles offensive coordinator, was fired as the Colts head coach on Nov. 7, eliminating the chance to coach against one of Sirianni’s closest mentors. When the final whistle blew, Sirianni’s emotions returned to the scene after the game. He tried to compose himself as he walked off the field, only to break down in tears as he arrived in the visitors’ locker room, where he was hugged by general manager Howie Roseman.

Inside the locker room, Sirianni was interrupted by quarterback Jalen Hurts, who presented Sirianni with a sentimental game ball during his postgame speech.

When asked about the troubling sequence, Sirianni acknowledged his deep passion for the game.

“I was in tears when I walked off the field, too,” Sirianni said. “I’ve always been emotional. That doesn’t mean that – too much of anything is never a good thing, right?

“It’s an emotional game. … Shout out to our fans after the game, whether I’m yelling at them after the Indy game or thanking them after the Houston game or the Arizona game, I think it’s the people that go to the game and whoever is an Eagles fan that goes to the game, I can show my appreciation to them. “.

Sirianni acknowledged that some of his players have experienced what the former Colts assistant has called a homecoming.

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A nervous Sirianni couldn’t take his eyes off the field during Hurts’ 7-yard rushing touchdown with 1 minute, 20 seconds left. As Hurts ran untouched into the end zone, Sirianni’s eyes were fixed on the turf below him. Sirianni then realized he had scored after looking at Hurts play coordinator Kevin Patullo, who was celebrating on the sideline.

Sirianni made it a priority not to interact with the audience until the results were decided.

“Sometimes it’s fun to celebrate with the fans, but it’s after the game, when I have nothing left but to shake hands on the other side, not during the game.” he said. “Now, do I sometimes get emotional during the game? Certainly. But I always want to limit it and I don’t want to do it emotionally with a fan during a game.”

Heading into Week 12, the Eagles own the best record in the NFL at 9-1. With seven regular season games remaining, they hold the NFC’s No. 1 seed along with first place in the NFC East. The Eagles host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Sirianni is one of four NFL coaches to start a season with a record of 9-1 or better in their first or second year as a coach (Sean McVay, 2018; Doug Pederson, ’17; Bruce Arians ’14).

“I think we’ve learned a lot about each other through the whole process, being able to work together,” Hurts said. “[Sirianni] grew in various fields. His general understanding of what he does is that, like all of us, we have a purpose for why we do what we do every day. We all want to continue our work alone to achieve the results we want.”

The Eagles have hired former Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady as a consultant, The Inquirer has confirmed. It was first reported by ESPN.

Brady, 43, served as the Colts’ quarterbacks coach in 2018-20 when Sirianni was the team’s offensive coordinator. Brady was fired as coordinator Nov. 1 — just days before Reich was fired by Colt. The Eagles defeated the Colts 17-16 on Sunday.

Brady has developed relationships with several Eagles coaches, including Sirianni, Patullo, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and running backs coach Jamal Singleton, among others.

Inquirer Eagles reporters EJ Smith and Josh Tolentino preview the team’s Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers. Check it out here Inquirer.com/EaglesGameday


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