Nick Sirianni admits he has a chip on his shoulder after being snubbed by Andy Reid in Kansas City as the two coaches prepare to face their former teams and each other in Super Bowl LVII
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has admitted to having a chip in his shoulder after being let go when Andy Reid took over the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2012 season.
Sirianni’s first coaching job in the NFL was with the Chiefs where he started as a quality controller in 2009. He eventually worked his way up to being named wide receivers coach by the head coach of the NFL. era, Romeo Crennel.
When Reid was hired by the Chiefs, Reid brought with him longtime trusted assistant David Culley from the Eagles to fill the position of WR coach.
‘Do you still have that little chip on your shoulder? Of course, yes, you do,” Sirianni said.
“But that’s who I am as a coach and as a person – I want to make sure I work hard to get as good as I can be.” And of course, you hang on to some of those things.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni ‘has a chip on his shoulder’ thanks to Andy Reid
Reid fired Sirianni as receivers coach after taking over as Chiefs head coach
“Andy came because we weren’t good enough in Kansas City. And he stepped in and did an amazing job,” Sirianni said.
“What I appreciated was that he brought everyone in and talked to them.
“I didn’t coach Andy, but he gave me a good example of what to do with a tough part of the job: ‘Hey, I’ve got a guy here.’ He was complimentary.
“He knew I would be down, so he gave me strength when I was down. I enjoyed that, and it sounds like that’s who he is as a person and a coach.
Sirianni then landed a job as a checks coach with the San Diego Chargers in 2013, where he spent several years on Frank Reich’s staff.
Reich eventually hired Sirianni as an offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts when he was named head coach there in 2018, which led to Sirianni getting the Eagles head coaching job in 2021.
But Sirianni is still grateful for how far his career has come after being let go by Reid.
‘As time passes and you mature and think about it, “Hey, I needed to get through this, I needed to be in this situation.” In a way, you’re thanking God for the things you’ve had to go through because that makes you who you are today.
Now Panthers coach Frank Reich has hired and mentored Sirianni after Reid released him