I listened to Eagles new head coach Nick Sirianni as he was interviewed by WIP’s Angelo Cataldi this morning and he wasn’t forceful about it but he did say there would be quarterback competition between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts.
I DONT’ THINK COMPETITION IS SOMETHING WENTZ WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT. There’s always a chance he could ask to be traded. If Wentz were to make that demand, there’s no telling what the Eagles would do. There’s also no way to know what exactly they would get in return.
“We’ve watched a little bit of tape to this point now,” Sirianni said as he talked about the two quarterbacks. “So we’re into that process of evaluating those players and I think we have really good talent evaluators.”
“A core value, is competition,” Sirianni exclaimed. “That’s competition every where. Everybody is going to compete. I am going to compete with [our offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] on things. We’re going to compete in the building with coaches. Competition is the core value that we’re going to use for every single position that we have here with the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Cataldi saw the opening so he made sure to ask the question to make it clear, “And that would include Hurts vs. Wentz. They will compete for the starting job?”
“Yeah,” Sirianni said lowly seeming to not want to commit too strongly. “Everybody in this situation competing, players, coaches, every position.”
It’s very clear after listening to the entire interview that Sirianni’s relationship with Indianapolis Colts head coach and former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was the key to him being chosen by the Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman to be the next head coach of the Birds. The Eagles probably wish they had been able to hang onto Reich when he was their offensive coordinator and then be able to promote him to their head coach. Reich isn’t available so Sirianni, who was his offensive coordinator was the next best choice.
The Birds new head coach talks about how Reich, whom he considers to be a mentor, shared everything about coaching quarterbacks that he could with him. Chances are that Sirianni will be calling Reich about coaching Wentz and how to fix him. Carson would probably have wanted Reich coaching him rather than Pederson and now Sirianni, but he’s going to need to work with what he’s got. The Eagles are hoping that Reich’s schooling of Sirianni will allow the Birds new head coach to resurrect Wentz’ career and have him playing on the level he did in 2017.
Sirianni could also be a great help to Hurts, who showed us all that he has tremendous potential. The former Alabama and Oklahoma star seems to have a better connection with his receivers. He made deep throws, back shoulder throws to the receivers that we didn’t get from Wentz. If they do compete for the starting job, it’s going to be very exciting.