Eagles HC Nick Sirianni: 'No Hard Feelings' About Chiefs' Andy Reid Not Hiring Him

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 6, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 29: Head coach Nick Sirianni of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on prior to the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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When Andy Reid took over as the Kansas City Chiefs' head coach in 2013, he didn't keep Nick Sirianni—who had been the receivers coach in Kansas City under Romeo Crennel in 2012—on his staff.

But the now-Philadelphia Eagles head coach told Peter King of NBC Sports that he nonetheless has a "ton of respect" for Reid.

Sirianni continued:

"Even though he didn't hire me. Hey, it worked out pretty well. God always has plans. As mad as you might be—mad or upset or as crushed as you might be—I mean, think about the path it really led me on. No hard feelings there. I appreciated him taking the time to spend time with me... I can't tell you how many times [general manager] Howie Roseman talks about 'Coach Reid would've done this.' Or when I ask, sometimes, 'Hey what do you think coach Reid would do in this scenario?' It tells you a lot about coach Reid."

Now, the pair will face off in Super Bowl LVII. It's a reunion of sorts for Reid, who coached the Eagles from 1999 through 2012 and led them to nine playoff berths and a Super Bowl appearance.

Sirianni, like his predecessor Doug Pederson, will be trying to do the one thing Reid couldn't accomplish in Philadelphia—winning a Super Bowl. There is some irony, then, to Reid's Chiefs standing directly in his way.