After getting a win over the Indianapolis Colts, Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni, shared some thoughts about Frank Reich being fired.
Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles was a battle between two teams with a connected history. From coaches to players, both franchises have exchanged a lot of personnel. On Sunday, it was Nick Sirianni, Indy’s former offensive coordinator, and Philly’s current head coach, that walked away with the win. Trailing for the majority of the game, the Eagles were able to capitalize on some costly mistakes from the Colts.
As the game ended, Sirianni got into a spirited exchange with some fans in Lucas Oil Stadium but it was unclear if he was turning up with Philadelphia supporters or going at Indy’s fans. Either way, the edge that Sirianni coaches with followed him to the podium for his postgame press conference and he had some things to say about returning to the place where he used to coach.
Clearly emotional, Sirianni spoke on his relationship with some of Indy’s players and also Frank Reich and his recent firing. Sirianni didn’t explicitly say that he hated the move but he strongly alluded to it, and basically admitted that getting the win in Indianapolis was a little more special because of how his friend Reich was let go.
Defeating Colts meant more for Nick Sirianni after the Frank Reich firing
Sirianni called Reich one of the best football coaches and admitted that Frank is one of his biggest mentors. Sirianni also made similar statements about Reich last week prior to the game. Understanding the two’s history and relationship, it’s clear why Frank Reich being fired was taken so personally by Nick Sirianni.
Reich and Sirianni were almost connected at the hip from 2013-2020. When Frank Reich was the quarterbacks coach for the Chargers in 2013, Sirianni was the team’s offensive quality control coach. When Reich was elevated to offensive coordinator, Sirianni took over as quarterbacks coach. Of course, Reich went on to become the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons, and Sirianni stayed with the Chargers but they would reconnect in Indianapolis once Reich was named head coach of the Colts.
Reich hired Sirianni as the offensive coordinator in Indy, and he held the position for three seasons before going to the Eagles to be their head coach. So it’s clear that the two have a great relationship and why Sirianni gives Frank Reich a ton of credit for Nick being in the position he is today.