EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – AUGUST 27: Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni during the National Football League preseason game between the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles on August 27, 2021 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Was there an Eagles coach who went from question mark to beloved in the city of Philadelphia faster than Nick Sirianni?
Nick Sirianni becomes a Philadelphia icon…
After his introductory press conference, the team’s fans were surprised that the coach came out unprepared, nervous and unorganized. Just over a year later, Sirianni’s passion and fire have spread throughout the team. No one is safe from that fire Sirianni breathes either: not even Giants fans looking to play some tennis in South Jersey.
…but is not a Giants fan
On New York’s WFAN morning show with Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti, a caller accused the Eagles head coach of trying to fight the man after he was found wearing a Giants hat. The event allegedly took place while Sirianni and his wife were playing tennis at Centennial Park in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
“He says, ‘Hey, I have a problem with what you’re wearing,'” the caller said. “And I say, ‘Listen bro, if you have a problem, you come here and do something about it. “”
The caller also accused Sirianni of repeatedly saying that the Giants and head coach Brian Daboll “suck.”
Both Boomer and Gio were skeptical about the event actually unfolding, or if the Eagles coach was just trying to be playful.
The caller repeatedly said Sirianni was serious and seemed like he wanted to fight the Bronx native.
Par for the course
This isn’t the first time Nick Sirianni has looked to up the stakes in the NFC East. Last season, the coach came under fire for wearing a “Beat Dallas” jersey ahead of the team’s Monday night game against the Cowboys in Week 3. The Eagles would end up being knocked out 41-21.
Although neither the Eagles nor Sirianni have commented on the latest accusation, there is speculation that the event actually took place. Whether he did or not is irrelevant. If that happened, Sirianni would only win favor with the city of Philadelphia. Otherwise, the coach has been wrongly accused by a Giants fan who will have the whole town supporting his coach.
It’s a win-win situation for Sirianni in Philadelphia.
Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire