When Chiefs Offensive Quality Control Coach Nick Sirianni joined the Todd Haley’s staff in 2009, he had never coached at the NFL or even at the NCAA Division I level. However his mentors on a veteran coaching staff have helped him progress as a coach and succeed at the highest level.
“Everything in football is learned from somebody else,” Siranni said. “I had guys around me that took me under their wing and kind of led me and showed me the ropes of what it is to be in the NFL and the expectations on you and the work required of you and I had some real good guys who really took me under their wing and showed me the way.”
Sirianni reveals his path to the NFL on this week’s Coach’s Corner.
A three-year standout at NCAA Division III powerhouse Mount Union in Ohio, Sirianni joined the Purple Raiders coaching staff as a defensive backs coach after graduation. He then moved to Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he coached wide receivers for two seasons before joining the Chiefs.
Ironically enough, Sirianni was hired by Haley, who was beginning his first season as the Chiefs Head Coach, and who is seen as one of the top receiver coaches in the NFL. Sirianni was obviously excited from an opportunity to work with Haley.
“If you ask anybody on any staff who’s the best receiver coach in the NFL or in the world, it’s the world because we’re in the best league there is. If you ask anybody in the NFL who’s the best quarterback coach in the world, they’re going to say Jim Zorn; it’s really brought me along as a coach,” Sirianni said on Haley and Zorn.
As the Offensive Quality Control Coach, Sirianni helps with everything from self-scouting and opponent breakdowns to producing playbooks and gameplans and especially after a game day, it can get hectic.
“It’s busy but it’s a great busy. Especially last year you’re coming off a win, you can do anything after a win,” Sirianni said. “Those games after losses it’s a little bit harder and you go in there and it’s hard to get started but a lot of coffee is necessary and a lot of hard work and like I said, winning makes it great,” added Siriani.
Coming off a tough loss to Baltimore in the playoffs last season, analyzing what went wrong and what worked well is always a big factor in playoff teams returning the following year. With the guidance of offensive coordinator Bill Muir, Sirianni, among others, helped review the film to figure out what was unsuccessful.
“He has been in the NFL for 30 plus years and has a great plan on how to organize and review that film but it’s such a vital part of our upcoming season to break down that film to review because you don’t want to make the same mistakes you made last year and you want to repeat the good things you did last year too,” Sirianni said of Muir.
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