The Athletic’s Zach Berman reports that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is making draft prospects compete against coaches in games of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “Jeopardy!” to “determine how they’ll fit in the environment [he’s] trying to create in Philly”:
Nick Sirianni said coaches are playing Rock, Paper, Scissors and Jeopardy against draft prospects. The objective is to gauge a prospect’s competitive spirit to determine how they’ll fit in the environment Sirianni is trying to create in Philly.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 21, 2021
And, yes, he really said this:
#Eagles HC Nick Sirianni says he played rock-paper-scissors and trash talked with draft prospects to gauge their competitiveness.
"When you compete with someone that's competitive, they're gonna go at you no matter what game you're playing."pic.twitter.com/iMUIny1X0o
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 21, 2021
This really is “beyond parody”:
Yeah that’ll work.
The Eagles are beyond parody. https://t.co/HT2DN4spdk
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) April 21, 2021
Don’t give them any ideas:
I, for one, prefer the following to gauge comeptitiveness among professional athletes:
Freeze Tag/TV Tag
Mother May I https://t.co/CcnIWD35Bs
— Natalie Egenolf (@NatalieEgenolf) April 21, 2021
But what if it works!
Congratulations in advance to the Eagles beat writer who ends up selling a book about this absolute nightmare of a season we're in for https://t.co/vcpDzQb7q3
— Michael Baumann (@MichaelBaumann) April 21, 2021
We wonder how past prospects would’ve reacted to it?
We go live to Radio city music hall to Adam Schefter. Why has Chris Long plummeted in the draft tonight? “Well, word got out that he refused to play rock-paper-scissors with the Eagles”
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 21, 2021
And maybe it’s a test to see which draft prospects understand that it’s a nonsense test?
I would do this if I was a scouting director, but only draft players who laughed at me like I was a complete idiot for suggesting it https://t.co/AJ35RIIQ7m
— Chork (@cdgoldstein) April 21, 2021
Anyway, the NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 29, so we’ll have to wait until then to see just how much the Eagles really relied on this reported analysis:
Imagine not getting picked by the #Eagles because Nick Sirianni didn't think you're competitive enough in a during a rock-paper-scissors game.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 21, 2021