Alternative wording for a catchphrase Nick Sirianni uses constantly

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Head coach Nick Sirianni sure can talk, right?  His introductory press conference may have been shaky, but he’s gotten much better, right?  Seriously, you have to admire his enthusiasm, right?  Once the Philadelphia Eagles head coach gets going, he’s hard to stop, but as much as we’ve all given him a hard time, that’s become one of the things we love about him. There is, however, one word that he could eliminate from his vocabulary altogether… right?

Sure, there are more important issues to discuss, the Dallas Cowboys for instance, but Nick Sirianni uses the word ‘right’ more than anyone I’ve ever known, and if I hear him do it one more time, I’m going to pull my hair out.

During his postgame press conference following Week 4’s game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coach Sirianni ended seven sentences with the word “right”.  The following Monday, he did it four more times.

I’m not saying that 11 “rights” make a wrong, but this is driving me crazy.  Is he expecting an answer?  Is Howie Roseman nodding in agreement off-camera? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m starting to miss the sound of Andy Reid clearing his throat.

I like Nick. We all do. He’s a good guy bound for great things, both on the field and off, but before I hear him say ‘right’ one more time, I’d rather hang curtains or watch paint dry. It’s for that reason that I’d love to offer some alternative phrasing. Maybe I can do some ghostwriting?

Alternative phrasing for Nick Sirianni’s favorite catchphrase

Here are a few options Coach can use to avoid word over usage, a few phrases that we can use to avoid, shall we say, running ‘right’ into the ground.

 Things we’d rather hear Nick Sirianni say: “Know what I mean Vern?”  

If you’re old enough to remember the 80s, no one has to tell you who Jim Varney is. His ‘Ernest’ character became a household name for a catchphrase that caught on like wildfire. Sure, it was slightly annoying, but the great Jim Varney is no longer with us, so “Know what I mean Vern?” is probably public domain by now.


It’s literally the same thing as saying ‘right’, but it’s more clever. Here’s a phrase of Italian origin, one that sounds cooler than ‘right’ and does a better job of driving the point home.


This one gives Coach a little street cred. Your high school teacher won’t be a fan, but here’s a little-known fact. “Aight” is slang in Great Britain too. The NFL has done all it can to appeal to a UK audience. This may be all that we need to push that relationship to new heights.

“Yeah, boii!”

You’ll need some practice with this one. Believe me. It’s all in the delivery though. Come on. Let’s be honest here. You tell me a better way to end a sentence than with a callback to the legendary Flava Flav.

Look in the stands at every NFL game man.  They’re filled with middle-aged dudes who still think this is cool. Give the people what they want. “Yeah Boii!” is a no-brainer.

“You’re so good-looking.”  

Seinfeld references are still cool, right? Jerry once tried to replace, “God bless you” with this lovely affirmation. It never caught on, but you should try it. So should Nick. Believe me. You’ll feel like a new man (or woman).

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Give me a call Coach! I’ve got you covered if you need that ghostwriter. For now, I’ll set the over/under at 12 for the number of times that Nick Sirianni uses the word ‘rights’ the next time he speaks with the media, but if he’s ever willing to give me a call, I can help him take those media appearances to another level.