Mike Lombardi: Eagles made mistake hiring Nick Sirianni

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Eagles hired Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to be their next head coach over Josh McDaniels, who also interviewed for the position.

Appearing on WEEI's Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi believes it wasn't a good move by Philadelphia.

“I think it’s the Eagles’ mistake," he said. "I mean, they hired a guy who has never called plays. The guy never called plays and they are making him — the Eagles are truly like a nostalgic tour band. They want to go and hire somebody who has reached that 17th season and they can’t get Frank Reich, so they will take a coach who has been with Frank Reich. I mean, I think this is going to be a hard event.”

With that being said, Lombardi noted McDaniels staying in New England absolutely is a good thing.

“It’s huge. It’s vitally important," he said. "I mean Josh is a trusted ally of Bill [Belichick]. He’s a trusted aide. He’s someone Bill talks to about things that pertain to the entire football team, not just the offense. Josh can do something very few humans in the world can do, which is coach the quarterback and scout the quarterback and develop the quarterback. Those things are all what Bill needs this time of the year. I think it’s huge."