Two years after plucking Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni from the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts have returned the favor.
The Colts named Eagles Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen as their new head coach on Tuesday.
And just like that, the Nick Sirianni coaching tree is taking root.
Steichen was hired as the Eagles' offensive coordinator in 2021 after two seasons – one as the interim – in the same role with the Los Angeles Chargers. Steichen took over playcalling duties in the middle of his first season with the Eagles and helped first-year starter Jalen Hurts become the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game in franchise history while the Eagles ranked first in rushing yards and explosive plays.
In Steichen's first full season as the Eagles' playcaller in 2022, the Eagles scored a franchise-record 477 points, including team records in total TDs (59), scrimmage TDs (57), and rushing TDs (32). The Eagles also finished the regular season with the highest third-down conversion rate (45.9%) and red zone TD efficiency rate (67.8%) in team history.
The Eagles then scored 31+ points in each of the three playoff games.
Hurts took the next step in his second season as the starter, becoming a finalist for the MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Awards. Hurts posted a 16-2 record, including playoffs, and became just the fourth NFL quarterback since 2000 to win 14+ regular-season games while posting 35+ total touchdowns and 8-or-fewer giveaways. Hurts' 35 total touchdowns tied a franchise record, while his 13 rushing scores in the regular season were the second most by a quarterback in NFL history.
Prior to his work with Hurts, Steichen helped Justin Herbert win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors with the Chargers.