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Eagles to hire Colts’ OC Nick Sirianni as head coach, bypassing Patriots’ Josh McDaniels, per report

Nick Sirianni watches from the sideline during a 2019 game.
Nick Sirianni watches from the sideline during a 2019 game.Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Josh McDaniels will not be coaching in Philadelphia after all.

The Patriots offensive coordinator, who interviewed for the Eagles’ head coaching position on Sunday, has been bypassed for the position, according to ESPN.

Instead, the Eagles will look to Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who has worked under former Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich for the past three seasons.

Sirianni, 39, will replace the recently fired Doug Pederson and inherit a 4-11-1 team along with a quarterback controversy.

Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo also interviewed for the position.

The Eagles operated without an offensive coordinator this season, as Pederson elected not to replace Mike Groh, who was fired in January 2020, and called plays himself. Philadelphia also will need a new defensive coordinator after Jim Schwartz announced earlier this month that he plans to step away from coaching.


The organization also parted ways with senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg this offseason.

Haskins to Steelers

Dwayne Haskins will attempt to kick-start his career with the Steelers.

The Steelers signed the former Washington quarterback to a futures contract, giving the 23-year-old a second chance after he flamed out in the nation’s capital in less than two seasons.

Haskins celebrated the signing by tweeting a photoshopped picture of him wearing a No. 3 Steelers jersey along with the comment “3 in the Bible stands for restoration and eternal life. Let’s work.”

Work is something Haskins struggled with after Washington selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft. What was supposed to be a homecoming for someone who grew up in the city’s suburbs quickly turned into a forgettable chapter for both Haskins and a franchise in a seeming relentless search for stability under center.

Dwayne Haskins is headed to Pittsburgh.
Dwayne Haskins is headed to Pittsburgh.Daniel Kucin Jr./Associated Press

Haskins put together an uneven rookie season in 2019 after taking over the starting job around the midway point. He moved to the top of the depth chart in 2020 under new coach Ron Rivera, but kept it only four games before being benched in favor of Kyle Allen. Injuries to both Allen and Alex Smith thrust Haskins back into the lineup, but he played poorly in his final three appearances and was benched in the middle of a loss to Carolina on Dec. 27 after turning it over three times.


His problems, however, were not limited to what transpired on the field. He was fined $40,000 and lost his captaincy for breaking COVID-19 rules by partying with several people without a mask following a loss to Seattle on Dec. 20. Just over a week later, he found himself looking for work after Washington released him in favor of journeyman Taylor Heinicke.

Thompson dead

Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, has died. He was 68. The Packers announced Thursday that Thompson died the previous night at his home in Atlanta, Texas. Thompson had announced in May 2019 he had been diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder. He was the general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers … The Rams hired Raheem Morris to be their new defensive coordinator, replacing Brandon Staley, who became the Chargers’ head coach last weekend. Morris finished this season as the Falcons’ interim head coach, going 4-7 as Dan Quinn’s replacement … New Jets Robert Saleh announced during his introductory news conference that he hired Jeff Ulbrich as defensive coordinator. Ulbrich was promoted to defensive coordinator with the Falcons this season under Morris after Quinn was fired. Saleh also announced that Mike LaFleur, who was the 49ers’ passing game coordinator the past three seasons, will be the Jets’ offensive coordinator. LaFleur is the younger brother of Packers coach Matt LaFleur … The Jaguars officially announced Trent Baalke as GM, removing the interim tag from his title and pairing him with new coach Urban Meyer in what both of them called a “partnership” and an “alignment.” Team owner Shad Khan also said the duo is “aligned contractually.”


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com. Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.