NFL Rumors: Eagles pass on Josh McDaniels, hire Nick Sirianni as head coach

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Report: Colts OC beats out McDaniels for Eagles head coach job originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

A second NFL head coach job continues to elude Josh McDaniels.

The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Sirianni's hire is a bit of a surprise, as McDaniels and Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley were reported as the two lead candidates to take over in Philly after Doug Pederson was fired earlier this month.

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For the New England Patriots, it means McDaniels will remain the team's offensive coordinator and Jerod Mayo will stay on as inside linebackers coach after both assistants interviewed for the Eagles job.

McDaniels, who went 11-17 as the Denver Broncos' head coach in 2009 and 2010, is no stranger to flirting with head coach gigs. The 44-year-old actually accepted the Colts job in 2018 before backing out at the last minute and was passed up for several openings over the last two offseasons.

Whether McDaniels will get another head coach opportunity down the line remains to be seen, but for now, he has plenty of work to do. The Patriots need a quarterback in 2021 and need to jump-start an offense that was the sixth-worst in football last season.