August 18, 2016 |
DOUG PEDERSON stepped up to the microphone at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday with a couple of pages ripped from the Andy Reid playbook. First he ducked the most anticipated answer of the day, the apparent timeline discrepancy over Lane Johnson's account of when he informed team officials of his PED violation and when the coach learned of it. Then, in addressing the trade for Dorial Green-Beckham, a talented athlete with a troubled past, he conjured the...
August 18, 2016 |
The Eagles will play their second preseason game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers without starting wide receiver Jordan Matthews and starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks. The team also will miss quarterback Carson Wentz, defensive tackle Mike Martin, cornerback Jalen Mills, and wide receiver Hunter Sharp. Wentz and Mills are out for their first games. The other players were absent for the opener. Matthews has a knee injury and Kendricks has a hamstring injury. Coach Doug Pederson is hoping both players are ready to return next week against Indianapolis.
August 15, 2016 |
For a top-of-market $6 million, the Eagles signed backup quarterback Chase Daniel to finish, at most, one game this season. The Eagles would prefer if Daniel never played a game. It would imply that starter Sam Bradford was healthy for all 16 games. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson would gladly throw away $6 million of insurance - Daniel is promised $12 million over the next two years - for that kind of guarantee. But the Eagles are far from assured a full season from Bradford let alone a herculean feat that will compensate for the team's deficiencies and keep them competitive throughout.
August 10, 2016 |
Carson Wentz's preseason debut for the Eagles will come in the third quarter of the opener Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wentz will watch Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel play the first half before taking the bulk of the snaps in the second half, coach Doug Pederson said Monday. "He's been exposed to all the situations in practice. It's just now execution," Pederson said. "I want to see the timing, the accuracy, and the decision-making with him. I want to see him being able to move our offense.
August 8, 2016 |
Out in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers players are falling all over each other praising the new head coach who doesn't make them fall all over each other very much. Practices are loud and fast, but they don't last too long. Sometimes they are off the field in an hour or 90 minutes, and the contact is limited. The players are happy, at least with that part of it. Let's see how long it lasts. Meanwhile, back in Philadelphia, the Eagles and their new head coach are on the field for three hours most days, the very limit allowed by the collective bargaining agreement, and they tackle to the ground in live sessions.
August 3, 2016 |
Doug, you can do it. You can color outside the lines of the Andy Reid blueprint. Don't do it just to be different or out of hubris. Do it because you analyzed one of the Reid's long-established habits, concluded that it wasn't effective and found a better answer. For example, Reid's offensive play-calling arrangement is cumbersome. When Reid has called plays as head coach, both with the Eagles and Chiefs, he has radioed the call to his offensive coordinator, who has in turn passed it along to the quarterback.
July 25, 2016 |
One of the potential annoyances of being a first-time head coach - especially one who has as little NFL coaching and play-calling experience as Doug Pederson - is that each of your limited on-record decisions will be scrutinized with Zapruder-like precision. When Pederson took ownership of the play-calling on the Chiefs' final possession in their playoff loss to the Patriots, the time-consuming drive had already been dissected. But it was assumed at the time that Andy Reid, who had authored his share of snail-like marches, was the source of Kansas City's lack of urgency.
June 2, 2016 |
NELSON AGHOLOR won't make excuses, so we'll make them for him. It wasn't easy to be a wide receiver in Chip Kelly's offense. It wasn't easy to be anything, really. No player has said that explicitly, but the space between their lines keeps getting easier to read the further out we get from the old ball coach's departure. Take Agholor, for instance. On Tuesday afternoon, the 23-year-old wideout deflected a number of questions that asked him to compare Doug Pederson's West Coast offense with Kelly's manic spread scheme.
May 21, 2016 |
During the first few minutes of the Eagles' rookie minicamp practice last Friday, Doug Pederson did what everyone expected him to do. No, he did not rock to the gentle groove of the Ghost Town DJs' "My Boo," the first song to play at Pederson's first practice as the Eagles' head coach. Instead, he focused his attention entirely on quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Everett Golson, crossing his arms and eyeballing them as they went through a series of elementary drills: dropping back, pantomiming handoffs and play-action passes, tossing the football to a nearby member of the coaching staff.
May 20, 2016 |
THERE WAS a moment during Eagles practice on Tuesday when Carson Wentz lined up in the shotgun and tentatively pointed toward the middle of the defense, the way quarterbacks often do when they are identifying the MIKE linebacker. Whether that is actually what Wentz was doing is besides the point: What's relevant is that the young quarterback turned around and looked at coach Doug Pederson, who was standing behind him with a play sheet in his hand. Pederson nodded to confirm that the rookie was correct in whatever he was pointing at, and the play commenced.