Monday night did not go as the Philadelphia Eagles expected, however, the way this team finished the regular season could have told us what was going to happen.
Having lost five of their last six games of the regular season, the Eagles sputtered into the postseason, ready to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC Wild Card matchup. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell flat, losing 32-9.
Some fans likely still viewed this team as one who could turn it around and make a run to the Super Bowl, but instead, Philadelphia continued down the road they had already been driving.
After the game, head coach Nick Sirianni's future was all anyone wanted to talk about. If it was up to quarterback Jalen Hurts, though, Sirianni is staying.
Jalen Hurts doesn't think Nick Sirianni is going anywhere.
"I didn't know he was going anywhere."
One reporter followed that answer with the question, "Where is your confidence level in him?"
"I have a ton of confidence in everyone in this building. It's just a matter of us going out there and playing clean football, and that's something we have not done," Hurts responded.
The quarterback isn't wrong. It takes an entire team to do what the Eagles did last year, and with a lot of the same guys on the team still from 2022, Philly came up short. Sure, they were without A.J. Brown and have had some shuffling on defense.
But, the way the defense played wasn't necessarily on Sirianni. If anything, the Eagles' defense in 2023 proved that this organization needs to go out and get their defensive coordinator situation solved. It's not Sean Desai, and it's clearly not Matt Patricia.
So, who is it? That's the real question.
As for the offense, which only scored nine points? That, my friends, is more on the shoulders of Sirianni. But, for a team that came off a Super Bowl appearance a year ago, firing Sirianni might not be the move.
The collapse that was the closing of this past season is a tough pill to swallow. But, if the leader of your team, in Hurts, has the utmost confidence in your head coach, I'd assume he stays for at least another year.
Are there grounds for firing Sirianni? Absolutely. The argument can be made. But, Hurts doesn't believe his coach is going anywhere.