Former NFL Player Says Eagles GM Howie Roseman Should Have Fired Nick Sirianni

Brandon Marshall harshly criticized Eagles GM Howie Roseman for not firing Nick Sirianni, calling it the biggest mistake of the GM's career.

The “I Am Athlete” podcast with Brandon Marshall has revolutionized the way that former players have discussed the game and life. Marshall ripped into the Philadelphia Eagles brass on Thursday’s episode of the Paper Route Show, a daily podcast that’s part of the “I Am Athlete” brand, for electing to bring back head coach Nick Sirianni after the team’s end-of-season collapse.

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Philadelphia began the season at 10-1 with back-to-back wins against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills in Weeks 11 and 12. The Eagles then went on a cataclysmic losing streak, beginning with a 42-19 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13 and culminating with a 32-9 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After that collapse, it appeared Sirianni could be on his way out in Philadelphia, especially with a strong pool of head coaching candidates available. Instead, the Eagles elected to bring him back, a move for which Marshall heavily criticized GM Howie Roseman on his podcast.

“Howie Roseman — top-three in the business when it comes to building out teams — made probably the biggest mistake of his career by not firing head coach Nick Sirianni,” Marshall said. “Now, I understand why he didn’t because they were just in the Super Bowl, but sometimes, you just got to go with your gut, and you gotta pull the trigger.”

Marshall went on to stump for former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, saying, “You had Bill Belichick right there. You knew all of this stuff was coming out, and you decided to go with coach Nick Sirianni.”

Sirianni has a 34-17 overall record with the Eagles with a Super Bowl appearance in 2022.

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Philadelphia Inquirer’s sports columnist Marcus Hayes cited a number of veterans who mentioned that Sirianni played favorites with stars. Quarterback Jalen Hurts and wide receiver A.J. Brown ran a play that resulted in an interception by Julian Love in Philadelphia’s 20-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2023, Hurts threw for more yards (3,858) and touchdowns (23) than in the year prior, but his 2022 mark of six interceptions and a passer rating of 101.5 were better than his 2023 numbers — 15 interceptions and an 89.1 passer rating. Brown had way more receptions in 2023 (106), but his yards per catch (13.7) and TDs (seven) were lower than his 2022 numbers of 17 yards per catch and 11 scores.

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Even offensive linemen were treated differently, according to the source. The veteran believed that Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce received preferential treatment to Jordan Mailata, Cam Jurgens, or Landon Dickerson. The same went for defensive linemen, with Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham being catered to over Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter.

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