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Is Bill Belichick headed to the Eagles? Mike Florio hints at potential change for Nick Sirianni.

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There’s been no shortage of discussion about the Birds potentially moving on from Nick Sirianni after an epic collapse to end the 2023 season.

Mike Florio added more fuel to the fire on Saturday with a Pro Football Talk article titled: “Is Nick Sirianni in danger of being replaced?”

Bold emphasis is mine:

The Eagles went to the Super Bowl last year. They started the current season 10-1. But someone has gone very wrong in recent weeks, and there’s a sense in some circles that coach Nick Sirianni could be in trouble if the Eagles follow their 1-5 finish with 0-1 in the postseason.

The Eagles would scoff at such possibilities, pointing out that Sirianni has gone to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as the head coach. Some in league circles firmly regard a coaching change as impossible, even if the Eagles get blown out.

An unmistakable undercurrent remains that a change isn’t out of the question, if things continue to go poorly against the Bucs. The key could be the availability of Bill Belichick.

The Eagles could feel like Sirianni is holding the roster back and Bill Belichick, arguably the greatest coach ever, could step in and help the team win now. As opposed to firing Sirianni to do a whole reset with a new, unproven coach.

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Of course, this could all be very premature. The Eagles might have no intention of moving on from Sirianni. Especially if the Eagles are able to win a playoff game (or more).

But it’s not hard to wonder about Jeffrey Lurie’s interest in a six-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. Especially considering Lurie’s ties to the New England Patriots as a Boston native and a close friend of Robert Kraft. Not to mention the Eagles’ previous interest in hiring longtime Belichick protege Josh McDaniels before ultimately pivoting to Sirianni in 2021.

The Eagles owner might view a move for Belichick as the Kansas City Chiefs hiring Andy Reid. A fresh start did wonders in that case.

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Could it be the same case for Bill Belichick?

Perhaps not. Maybe the 71-year-old’s best days are behind him.

Regardless, hard to entirely rule it out while Sirianni’s future remains uncertain and rumors suggest it could be possible.


UPDATE: There’s also this from Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union:

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There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of the Eagles parting ways with Nick Sirianni after the disappointing end to the 2023 season. The Eagles’ collapse has raised questions about Sirianni’s future with the team.

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Nick Sirianni and Bill Belichick speak during a regular season game. Credit Sports Illustrated

On Saturday, Mike Florio added to the speculation with a Pro Football Talk article titled, “Is Nick Sirianni in danger of being replaced?”

Florio’s article highlighted the growing concerns about Sirianni’s job security:

The Eagles had a strong season last year, making it to the Super Bowl, and started the current season with a 10-1 record. However, their performance has declined significantly in recent weeks, leading to speculation that Sirianni could be at risk if the team continues to struggle in the postseason.

While the Eagles have consistently made the playoffs under Sirianni’s leadership, there is still a sense of uncertainty surrounding his future with the team, especially if they fail to perform well in the postseason.

There is a growing feeling that a coaching change could be on the horizon, especially if the Eagles fail to deliver against the Buccaneers. The potential availability of Bill Belichick has only added to the speculation.

The idea of replacing Nick Sirianni with Belichick, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, has gained traction as a potential solution to the Eagles’ struggles. It presents the opportunity for the team to make an immediate impact rather than starting over with a new, unproven coach.

However, it is important to note that these discussions may be premature. The Eagles may not have any intention of parting ways with Sirianni, especially if they are able to achieve success in the playoffs.

Despite this, the prospect of bringing in Belichick is intriguing, particularly given Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie’s ties to the New England Patriots. Lurie, who hails from Boston, has a close relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Eagles had previously considered hiring Belichick’s longtime protege Josh McDaniels before ultimately hiring Sirianni in 2021.

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For Lurie, bringing in Belichick could be a transformative move for the team, mirroring the Kansas City Chiefs’ decision to hire Andy Reid in a similar situation.

The question remains: could Belichick have the same impact for the Eagles?

On the other hand, some may argue that Bill Belichick’s best days as a coach are behind him, making the potential move less appealing.

Nonetheless, it is difficult to dismiss the possibility of a coaching change while Sirianni’s future with the team is uncertain and rumors continue to circulate.


UPDATE: There has been additional speculation from Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union:

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