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 13, 2016 |
It took three drives until a wandering eye caught Jim Schwartz doing Jim Schwartz things after the Eagles defense allowed the Buccaneers to march down the field and score a touchdown. He grimaced. Gave an annoyed stare. Shook his head. Crossed his arms. And said something into his headset that likely involved a healthy dose of four-letter words. Football is back. And Schwartz, after a year off, is back coaching. If the hope heading into Doug Pederson's first season as coach was that Schwartz's defense would be the unit the Eagles could hang their helmets on and rely on to compensate for the offense's deficiencies, the preseason opener did nothing to alter that expectation.
August 12, 2016 |
A FOOTBALL TEAM is not a democracy, so the folks in the seats might not have a say. Still, by the end of Carson Wentz's Eagles debut on Thursday night, you had the sense that it was going to be awfully hard to get anybody in this town excited about a team quarterbacked by anybody else. Maybe that doesn't matter to the guy who actually makes those decisions. But coaches are made out of the same stuff as the rest of us, and you have to wonder how long Doug Pederson is going to be able to ignore the part of his mind that is joining in the chorus.
August 8, 2016 |
Doug Pederson stood with the quarterbacks, Duce Staley with the running backs, Greg Lewis with the wide receivers, and Tim Hauck with the safeties. It wasn't a game from the Andy Reid era or a reunion of Eagles alumni, but instead an Eagles practice last week. When the Eagles hired Pederson as head coach in January, owner Jeffrey Lurie emphasized that Pederson is a former player with an understanding of the city and the franchise. When Pederson assembled his coaching staff, those qualities were coveted assets.
August 2, 2016 |
To borrow Charles Dickens' famous line -- or was it Melania Trump's -- it's the best of times, it's the worst of times for Billy Davis. The former Eagles defensive coordinator is down in Naples, Fla., living a life of leisure on Jeff Lurie's dime, spending quality time with his wife, Sherry, and their five children, and waking up every morning to a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. Sounds like the perfect life, and for the better part of the last six months, it was. But Davis is a football coach.
July 30, 2016 |
For Jason Peters, it's good that the new boss is the same as the old boss - or, that is, the older boss. The Eagles tackle, after Chip Kelly was fired last December, said that he wanted the replacement to be in the mold of Kelly's predecessor, Andy Reid. Peters got his wish. The Eagles hired Doug Pederson. But they also hired a coach who is, in many ways, the polar opposite of Kelly. And that appeared to be as much of Peters' motivation for wanting a Reid clone as was re-creating the four prior years (record: 33-31)
July 29, 2016 |
AS REPORTERS waited in an interview tent for Doug Pederson to speak to them Wednesday, the Eagles' first-year coach leaned into a practice-field huddle. No one in the huddle wore a uniform. The strategies being discussed weren't in Pederson's playbook. Pederson conferred with Eagles football operations vice president Howie Roseman, team security chief Dom DiSandro, player personnel vice president Joe Douglas and public relations director Derek Boyko. The subject was linebacker Nigel Bradham's arrest this week for aggravated battery in Miami, but there was a subtext.
July 29, 2016 |
Outside the NovaCare Complex, a police officer was stopping traffic at a cement barricade reinforced with a garbage truck. Around the corner, a delivery van with a haphazard paint job and rooftop speakers proudly announced to passersby that it was the BernieVan. Up Broad Street, a city full of protestors was gathering for another collective expression of their displeasure. Inside the NovaCare Complex, a sixth round draft pick was test-driving a new, helmet-mounted video camera that the Eagles hope will help their defensive backs evaluate and improve their head and eye movements while in pass coverage.
June 20, 2016 |
Part of the beauty in taking charge of a professional sports franchise is that while the winning clock is certainly ticking, it really isn't that loud for a while. Howie Roseman, who is back in control of the Eagles, never really went away, but his power did while Chip Kelly tried his luck at team building. That means Roseman gets a full reset on his clock now, with lots of time to get things right. Roseman is taking full advantage of that luxury this offseason. He has committed $280 million in future contract guarantees, some of which had to be done sooner rather than later, but some of which didn't.
June 18, 2016 |
From the moment he joined the Eagles as a front-office intern in 2000, fresh from Fordham Law School, Howie Roseman spent his formative years as an NFL executive helping his mentor usher in a revolution and bearing witness to the bitter fallout. As the Eagles' president then, and with Roseman working alongside him, Joe Banner pioneered the two-pronged strategy that became a staple of business in a salary-cap world. The Eagles would sign players whom they perceived to be part of their long-term future to cost-effective contracts, and they would be willing to say goodbye - maybe a little too soon - to some of their most popular, respected, and expensive veterans.