Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni believes the Indianapolis Colts never should have fired Frank Reich.
"You know what I think. He should be the head coach there still," Sirianni said Monday on 94 WIP (around the 2:30 mark). "You know what I think. That was a subtle 'you don't know what I want to say, but here's what I'm saying,' and you guys can read between the lines on that. ... I love Frank and I know this city has a fond appreciation of Frank as well."
Reich was fired this month after a 3-5-1 start to the 2022 season. Indianapolis replaced him with interim coach Jeff Saturday, who has no coaching experience at either the NFL or college level.
After the Colts won their first game under Saturday in Week 10, Sirianni and the Eagles earned a 17-16 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.
Siranni was fired up on the sideline after the come-from-behind victory, and he praised Reich after the game.
"I'm emotional because I love Frank Reich, I really do," Sirianni told reporters. "He's one of the best damn coaches I've ever been around. I was hoping he and I would be able to coach against each other in this game. … You don't want to know what I think if he should be here or not, but you guys can probably imagine what I really think."
Reich and Sirianni spent three years together on the Chargers coaching staff from 2013-15. Reich moved from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in 2014, which is when Sirianni became the quarterbacks coach after serving as an offensive quality control coach.
When Reich became head coach of the Colts in 2018, Sirianni was his offensive coordinator for three seasons before getting the Eagles job in 2021.
It's clear there is a lot of respect between the two, but Reich's struggles at the start of the year was enough for Indianapolis to make a change.