Nick Sirianni tackles rumors about Howie Roseman’s game-plan involvement

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Sometimes, you can get lost in all of the subplots that surround the Philadelphia Eagles and forget that there are more important matters at hand, a football game scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST on Monday Night Football for instance. Hey, we wouldn’t have it any other way though. The NFL is like reality television but without a script. The Birds are never void of a few off-field storylines, and their head coach, Nick Sirianni might be one of the more entertaining in pro football.

One of the more recent involved vice president/general manager Howie Roseman and Philly’s coaching staff. Who would have thunk right?

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni answers questions about the discussions that have come following an early-week talk with Jonathan Gannon.

During his regular-season weekly sit-down with the media, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon made mention of game-planning and stated that he, Sirianni, and Roseman are present for those sessions. You can imagine how that turned out. Everyone has asked how much Howie is involved and whether or not he should be.

Two days later, Nick Sirianni sat with those same members of the media. As you might expect, the game-planning topic was revisited. Here’s some of what Coach had to say on the topic.

"We have Howie’s support, and he just wants to help us do our job as best we can do, and that’s how he helps us there in that aspect… But, at the end of the day, I have the say of who’s up on game day and what we need. He’s not sitting in there game-planning with us either."

Coach also stated that Howie Roseman’s expertise in roster management is invaluable, so he’s actively involved in discussions about the players his staff wants to be elevated from the practice squad or who they may want to label as inactive.

Those discussions aren’t always unilateral because Nick wants to develop discussion and relationship between himself and leadership, so Roseman is always included in the thought process, but in the end, he and Howie’s working relationship is intact and Coach is always confident that, if he expresses his needs to the G.M., Howie will see those ideas through to their completion, but everything done from an Xs and Os standpoint is left up to the discretion of Sirianni’s staff.

Though this may not seem like much on the surface (and it isn’t), this is interesting. Often, we’ve spoken about matters involving theories that Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie is meddlesome and that Roseman is a control freak. Remember, current Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was rumored to have turned down the most recent Eagles vacancy because of his disinterest in working under Howie.

Nick Sirianni and the other members of the current coaching staff have always suggested that their working relationship with the G.M. is a good one. Howie has also said the same thing, so for now, we’ll put a fork in this discussion. Again, other matters are more important.

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The Eagles coaching staff has its hands full preparing for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. A win in that one gives Philadelphia a 2-0 record and much-needed momentum heading into a divisional clash with former franchise signal-caller Carson Wentz and the division rival Washington Commanders.