Philadelphia Eagles: Proof that Sirianni can fix Wentz or develop Hurts

Nick Sirianni (L), T.Y. Hilton (R), (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Philadelphia Eagles fans have to find comfort in what Sirianni did in Indy.

Sirianni’s most impressive work might have been done in these past three years as Frank Reich’s offensive coordinator. In each of those seasons, Reich and Sirianni worked with a different quarterback.

Following multiple surgeries, Andrew Luck returned to the lineup in 2018 and lead the team to a 10-6 record. Under Reich and Sirianni, Luck completed 67.3 percent of his passes and threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns versus 15 interceptions. Luck also threw the ball 639 times (a career-high) despite coming off that shoulder injury. This is right up there with Luck’s spectacular 2014 season and it’s arguably his best season as a pro.

When Luck unexpectedly retired leading up to the 2019 season, Jacoby Brissett was the next man up. In Luck’s absence in 2017, things didn’t go too well for Brissett who went 4-11 with a 58.5 completion percentage while compiling a 43.3 QBR and tossing just 13 touchdowns versus seven interceptions.

2019 wasn’t anything spectacular but it was an improvement. Brissett was 7-8 as a starter. He completed 60.9 percent of his passes with a 52.1 QBR and tossed 18 touchdowns to just six interceptions. It felt like Reich and Sirianni got the most out of him.

This year, the Colts had Philip Rivers who, as we mentioned, worked with Sirianni in the past. At the age of 39, Rivers did better than some expected as the Colts went 11-5 and lost in the Wild Card Round. Rivers averaged 260.6 yards per game, had a 62.5 QBR, completed 68 percent of his passes, and threw 24 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions.

While Sirianni didn’t call plays, many reports have said that he had input on them. He deserves plenty of credit for his work in the past few years. His quarterbacks get the ball out quickly.