The Indianapolis Colts are enduring an offseason that’s been hard enough already.
They lost a huge chunk of their coaching staff to either departure or retirement, will be in the market for a new starting quarterback and left tackle, and still can’t get the stink off of them after some bad decisions from their playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.
Even worse? Former Colts coaches are now embarrassing the living daylights out of the fanbase and organization. Former offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who left Indy for the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles, had his introductory press conference on Friday. How was it, you ask?
Let’s just say the biggest winner after this is Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell, who had one of the most embarrassing blurbs in any intro presser of all time last week.
The silver lining here, though? Perhaps Sirianni’s departure won’t really matter, because it appears as if head coach Frank Reich was pulling all of the strings based on this clip:
“The first part of being smart is knowing what to do.”
“We’re gonna have … systems in place … that are easier to learn.”
“When we can learn our system, and we can get good at our system, then our talent can take over. Less thinking equals talent takeover.”
Ummm … is this Earth? Did Sirianni really just try to explain the importance of a team understanding the overall systems in place that make it a team in the first place? Is this is grand vision? To get players to successfully play coordinated football?
Also, we know public speaking is hard, but Sirianni’s syntax here is quite confounding. It sounds like he’s without a plan or has never spoken in front of more than three people before. This is the guy that blew that Eagles away in the interview process? We hate to sound harsh, and it’s obvious Sirianni won’t truly be judged until we see a product on the field, but this couldn’t be a worse start for both parties.
That just … can’t be what his notes said. It was more along the lines of introductory press conference Scrabble. Just words put together without any clear message. Meanwhile, Eric Bieniemy’s out here diagramming Jet Chip Wasp out of thin air and radiating genius, but he’ll stay on the sidelines, thanks.
Was this Frank Reich’s plan? Leave the Eagles, watch Doug Pederson further bring them down, and then have Sirianni torch whatever was left? Absolutely brutal.
But hey. This is the closest it gets to rock bottom. You know what that means? The only way to go is up.