Following a gutsy 17–16 win over the Colts on Sunday, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni discussed the significance of leaving Indianapolis with a victory out of respect for his friend and mentor: Frank Reich.
Week 11 marked Sirianni’s first game against the Colts since leaving the club to join the Eagles in January 2021 following a three-year stint under Reich. The contest was also Indy’s second since unceremoniously firing Reich on Nov. 7 after a 3-5-1 start to the season and replacing him with franchise legend Jeff Saturday in a controversial move hours later.
Ever since Nick Sirianni has been in Philadelphia, he’s been never been shy to show his emotions. After the Eagles forced the Indianapolis Colts to turn the ball over on downs late in the fourth quarter to seal a win, the Eagles head coach celebrated.
“I’m emotional because I love Frank Reich,” Sirianni said. “He’s one of the best damn football coaches I’ve ever been around. I was hoping that him and I would be able to coach against each other in this game, but he’s one of my biggest mentors. I got my dad, I got Larry Kehres and I got Frank Reich. Frank is such a good football coach. You don’t want to know what I think on if he should be here or not. As you guys can probably imagine what I really think. I love him, so I got a little bit emotional about that.”
“It was good to see some of the guys that I really care about – Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Parris Campbell. I got to talk to them after the game, and Kenny Moore, so that means a lot when they say some things, obviously I’ll keep those to myself, but I spent a lot of time here. One my children was born here. It was sweet to come here, especially with what happened to this organization over the past couple weeks and get the win. A win. Leaving Indianapolis with a win.”
Reich, one of Sirianni’s biggest mentors, was fired on Nov. 7 following Indy’s ugly start to the season. He was replaced by interim head coach Jeff Sarturday. Sirianni and Reich’s time coaching together dates back to 2013 with the San Diego Chargers.
And when Reich left Philadelphia to become the Colts’ head coach in 2018 following the Super Bowl win, he brought Sirianni along to be his offensive coordinator. Sirianni was there for three seasons under Reich before taking the Eagles’ job in 2021.
In a way, the win over the Colts was a revenge game for Sirianni. He wanted to leave Indy with a victory after one of his biggest mentors was ousted weeks before the two would go head-to-head against each other.
This victory moved Philadelphia to a perfect 5-0 on the road this season. Now, they’ll head back to Lincoln Financial Field for a two-game homestand where they’ll host the Green Bay Packers in Week 12 and then the Tennessee Titans in Week 13.
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