The Philadelphia Eagles officially introduced Nick Sirianni as their next head coach on Friday, and it, uh, did not go that well.
Sirianni was hired by the Eagles last week after three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as their offensive coordinator. The 39-year-old will take over for Doug Pederson, who was fired after five seasons and a Super Bowl run with the franchise.
While Sirianni didn’t say anything bad, there was a time when he seemed to struggle to get his message across.
Sirianni went on a long-winded rant about systems and what he hoped to implement in Philadelphia. It was as if Sirianni had started his sentence without knowing where he was going, and was just hoping to find it along the way.
“Next thing that’s very important to me is that we build a smart football team, that we have a smart football team here, and I know we have the people in place to do that,” he said. “The first part of being smart is knowing what to do. We’re going … we’re going to know … we’re going to have systems in place that are easier to learn, alright? Complicated to the defense or offense that they’re going against, or the special teams group they’re going against, but easy for us to learn. Because when we can learn our system, and we can get good at our system, then our talent can take over. Less thinking equals talent take over. But we need to have systems in place, and we will have systems in place to do so.”
Fans slam Sirianni for his ‘systems’ talk
What kind of “systems” will Sirianni and the Eagles have next year?
Who knows. Looking back at what he said, it was hard to pull anything concrete out of that coach speak.
Fans, obviously, took notice.
— Patrick Creighton (@PCreighton1) January 29, 2021
The next time someone says "Bieniemy didn't get the job because he doesn't interview well," I'm going to point them to the Sirianni and Campbell presser masterpieces we've seen this week.
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) January 29, 2021
A few words from your new head football coach pic.twitter.com/cbrJpoRQnt
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) January 29, 2021
How Nick Sirianni sounded in his Eagles press conference
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) January 29, 2021
This has happened to me once and it's a nightmare so I don't fault Sirianni but "less thinking equal talent takeover" in this context had me howling. https://t.co/sVdKl3056i
— Dallas Britt (@DallasBBritt) January 29, 2021
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) January 29, 2021
Really want to see the interviews where someone said "yes, this the guy I want to lead my team" https://t.co/t6gcsJn7DA
— CJ Fogler 6'7" IQ 269 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) January 29, 2021
My system, our system sounds like every sports betting tout rolled into one.
I look forward to Sirianni's 1-900 number.
Really, this guy won over the room, Philly? https://t.co/1oCZ0AJjLs
— Brad Evans (@NoisyHuevos) January 29, 2021
Chalk it up to nerves or whatever you want. Sirianni’s introductory press conference could be soon forgotten.
Until then, though, Eagles fans apparently have plenty of great new systems to look forward to this fall.
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