With the Philadelphia Eagles’ season coming to an unceremonious end on Monday in Tampa, the offseason begins, and tough decisions have to be made by the front office.
Eagles fans in the city of Philadelphia and across the country wonder if head coach Nick Sirianni will be back on the sidelines for a fourth year after the team dropped six out of their last seven games.
As for players on the team, they’ve taken the liberty to defend their head coach over the last few weeks and put the onus on themselves. Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was asked about Sirianni’s future as the team cleaned out their lockers on Wednesday, and he didn’t mince his words.
“C’mon, man. What is there to talk about?” Cox said to the reporters gathered at his locker at the Novacare Complex.
“This man, he’s a winner. He’s a winning head coach. Did we have some bumps this year? Yeah. But every team, every organization, everybody goes through it. But we don’t look at firing a man who has obviously won 10-plus games two years in a row, took this organization to three playoff appearances three years in a row. Have some respect. He’s a good leader for this team. He does a really good job.”
The defensive tackle did not leave any stone unturned and got his point across about how he feels about Sirianni.
Is Cox right that Sirianni is a winning head coach and has been successful in his short tenure with the Eagles? Without question. For a coach no one knew when he was hired, Sirianni got the Eagles back into the postseason and to a Super Bowl. That’s not an easy task to accomplish, no matter the level of competition.
However, it will ultimately come down to what Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie feels is the best direction for this team going forward.
Does he move on from Sirianni and both coordinators? Or will he keep Sirianni and upgrade the offensive and defensive coordinator spots with established guys to help turn this team around? It will be an interesting next few weeks at the NovaCare Complex.
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