Philadelphia Eagles news: Nick Sirianni’s staff has its first hiccup

Novacare Complex, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Novacare Complex, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Well, it appears Nick Sirianni will have to wait to meet his new team. We’ve been wondering, as fans and members of the media, about whether or not he’s the right coaching hire for the Philadelphia Eagles and whether or not he’ll cut those strings from his puppet masters, better known as vice president and general manager Howie Roseman and Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie.

Still, there’s a bond that can be built between a coach and his players, and that’s true regardless of what’s going on upstairs. Even if you were unsure of some of the stuff you’ve heard Sirianni say, we all, if we’re being honest, knew that we had no idea about what he looked like in terms of leading men. That was still to be determined.

Philly’s offseason workouts were supposed to give us our first taste of that. Now, it appears that there’s been a hiccup of sorts. Coach Sirianni will have to wait to get all of his players in the same place at the same time.

Add the Philadelphia Eagles to the list of teams skipping voluntary workouts.

Whenever the term ‘voluntary’ around, you can expect there to be a few absences. That’s true of any profession. From an NFL standpoint, you always wonder about who will show up to team workouts when they really don’t have to.

The attendance with this Birds team has normally been pretty solid, but as you know, the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down in 2020. One year later, the Eagles are choosing to be safe again (and understandably so).

On April 18th, the NFL Players Association released a statement from Philly via their Twitter account detailing their decision. Here is that statement if you haven’t seen it.

There you have it. Add the Birds to a list of 18 teams (at the time of this story being written) who have made the same decision.

Here’s what this means if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

From a team standpoint, all organized team activities up until June are completely voluntary. That means you shouldn’t expect to see the Birds at the NovaCare complex until the mandatory team activities are set to begin.

As far as the coaches are concerned, this young Philadelphia Eagles staff will have to wait to install strategies and what will be a new playbook on both offense and defense. Those of you who are waiting to see what Sirianni and his staff can do are in the same boat as the rest of us, twiddling your thumbs and waiting on something that looks like a normal NFL offseason.