Type the words “Nick Sirianni” and “villain” into Google and the internet will spit back a dizzying array of matches. The Philadelphia Eagles head coach has an undeniable swagger about him, one that he won’t apologize for or attempt to change. Sirianni doesn’t mean to play the antagonist, it just kind of suits him.
“I guess that’s just who I am,” Sirianni said.
Sirianni has shown it in a variety of ways during his two years at the helm. He’s been caught cursing out officials. He’s been seen giving death stares to opposing coaches across the sidelines. He’s trolled reporters about his infamous flower speech. And, most recently, he was captured flashing a mean mug at the TV cameras.
“It was like right in my face. I was juiced,” Sirianni said of the camera incident from Saturday. “We were up a couple scores. It just was like right there. Like, I don’t know, that was the first thing that came to my mind.”
What’s the line again from Harvey Dent in “The Dark Knight” Batman movie: “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Right on. Maybe that applies to Sirianni as he brings a jolt of juice not seen in these parts arguably since Buddy Ryan was patrolling the sideline. Andy Reid barely had a pulse in press conferences. Ditto for his protege Doug Pederson, unless reporters were trying to create a quarterback controversy. Chip Kelly? We erased that chapter.
Back to Sirianni. He reminds people of their crazy neighbor from South Philly. And, yes, that’s a compliment. The 41-year-old “villain” was asked if having a demonstrative nature was always in his DNA. Here’s what he said:
“Yeah, you can ask some of the people from the neighboring high school or the rival colleges. Ask some John Carroll guys or Baldwin Wallace guys. … All I care about is our team and I’m not really concerned about anything else that anybody thinks except for our team and trying to help those guys to be in a position to make plays and make them the best football players they can possibly be.”
Pittsburgh Radio Host Puts Sirianni on Blast
The fact that people from other cities view Sirianni as a villain is both ridiculous and hilarious at the same time. Or, to borrow a line from Jason Kelce, perhaps it fits Philadelphia to a tee: “No one likes us, we don’t care.” Either way, Pittsburgh sports radio host Andrew Fillipponi has been getting a lot of press for his comments.
He called the Eagles coach a “goddamn goof” and questioned whether Philly was still an “underdog town” during an interview with Audacy’s SportsRadio 94 WIP where Fillipponi also took a shot at the New York Giants.
“Act like you have been there before, recognize the opponent,” Fillipponi told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show. “It is a team that stinks. They had a negative turnover differential. They won nine games. You scored 48 points against them earlier in the year. They are a piece of gum on your shoe!”
Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Death Anniversary
It’s been a whole three years since Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The proud Philly native and Lower Merion alum was a devoted Philadephia Eagles fan who posted a timeless video holding his daughter, Bianka, as time expired in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles had secured their first-ever Lombardi Trophy and an emotional Bryant was soaking in every minute of it. Rest in peace, Kobe. Mamba out.