Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) head coach Nick Sirianni was emotional after the team’s comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1).

It wasn’t the win that moved Sirianni. It was the fact that his close friend and mentor, Frank Reich, was missing from the Colts’ sideline.

Reich was instrumental in Sirianni’s growth as a coach. The pair spent time together working with the Los Angeles Chargers, leading to Reich hiring Sirianni as the Colts offensive coordinator in 2018.

This was a matchup that Sirianni had circled on his calendar when the NFL released its schedules this off-season.

Unfortunately, the Colts fired Reich earlier this month after the team underwent offensive struggles, many of which still exist.

While being pretty tight-lipped on a possible reunion in Philadelphia, Sirianni let it fly after the win.

“I’m emotional because I love Frank Reich,” Sirianni stated. “He’s one of the best damn football coaches I’ve ever been around. I was hoping that him and I would be able to coach against each other in this game, but he’s one of my biggest mentors.”

Sirianni continued, refusing to pull any punches when addressing Reich’s firing.

“You don’t want to know I think of if he should be here or not. You guys could probably imagine what I really think.”

Reich’s future remains unclear, though he should a handful of interviews during the off-season’s annual coaching cycle. If Reich is unable to land a head coaching gig, maybe Sirianni reaches out about a position on his coaching staff.

Just something to think about.

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