Nick Sirianni didn’t get an A+ for his introductory press conference, but it’s not like it really matters. He was brought here to coach football, not to master the art of the spoken word. Plus, it’s not like Doug Pederson was an expert orator at the dais.
My take was that Sirianni came across as an overly-excitable football dork, in a good way, and that seems to be what Colts running back Nyheim Hines is suggesting here, on the SB Nation NFL Show:
"He's going to develop their players; I can personally say he developed me… Nick was the one coaching me up on those routes." – Nyheim Hines (@TheNyNy7) on new Eagles HC Nick Sirianni
— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) February 4, 2021
“I didn’t really see much of the presser. I heard it, but I know how Nick is. Nick, sometimes, he may not even be nervous, he just sometimes fumbles words when he’s excited, and that’s what he’s passionate about, too. You’re going to get a lot of passion from him, a great coach and he’s gonna develop the players. I can personally say he developed me offensively, helping me in the route game. When I was watching those routes of Philip Rivers (to) Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead, Nick was the one coaching me up on those routes.
I expect the offense to be great. Great mind and really even better person, I can promise you that.”
Listen, Hines is a damn good player. One of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL. He was a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State and this season he caught 63 passes for a career high 482 yards. Excellent third down and change of pace back alongside Jonathan Taylor.
You think about what Sirianni might be able to do with Miles Sanders, who took a step back this season but caught 50 passes for 509 yards as a rookie. If the Eagles new head ball coach can unlock Sanders and get him to reach that next level, he can say whatever he wants to say at these press conferences. He can go up there and speak French, for all I care.