The Philadelphia Eagles were overmatched from the start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and first-year head coach Doug Pederson feels that had more to do with effort level than talent.
After getting off to an impressive start to the season, the Eagles have lost three consecutive games and five of their last six. When asked on Monday if everyone on the roster is giving it their all, Pederson was surprisingly candid.
“Not everybody. Not everybody, and that’s the accountability that I talk about,” he said at his press conference, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “You know, I hold coaches accountable for that. I hold myself accountable for that because it all starts with me and I pride myself each week to make sure the guys are ready to go. But at the same time, it comes down to a mentality by each individual player.”
The Bengals were without two of their biggest playmakers in A.J. Green and Giovanni Bernard, yet they still managed to jump out to a 29-0 lead and cruise to an easy win.
It’s rare for coaches of even the worst teams in the NFL to admit their guys aren’t trying, so it would not be a surprise if there are certain players in particular that Pederson is irritated with. The Eagles had similar problems last year with a star player, but he has since moved on to another team. At 5-7 now and with a rookie quarterback at the helm, things are on the brink of spiraling out of control in Philly.
The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t chasing wide receivers via trade, at least according to their head coach.
Doug Pederson said Wednesday that the Eagles are not trying to trade for a wide receiver, contrary to some reports.
It makes sense that they would be, though, as the team could use a deep threat to help quarterback Carson Wentz. Reports had linked them to this player, and he would have made a lot of sense. Perhaps he still might and Pederson is throwing up smokescreens. With the NFL trade deadline less than a week away, we will soon find out.
Don’t count on the Philadelphia Eagles trying to exploit Odell Beckham Jr.’s temper.
Coach Doug Pederson told PFT Live on Friday that he wouldn’t want his players worrying that much about riling up an opponent.
“If you’re more worried about trying to get a player ejected then you’re not focused on your job,” Pederson said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I think that’s something that [defensive coordinator] Jim Schwartz has brought to these guys and the defensive staff is just, ‘Do your job.’ You saw it against the Pittsburgh Steelers … I don’t think you go into a game and say, ‘We’ve got to poke and pester this player.’ I just don’t think you do that. If you do that then I think that’s when you get beat and that’s when somebody like an Odell Beckham with the talent that he has can beat you. There’s ten other guys on that team that can beat you. Again, it is a fine line but that’s got to be my message to the football team.”
Pederson did note that Beckham’s short fuse is something he can use to remind his team to handle hings differently.
“It goes back to the messaging to the football team from myself and just keep reiterating points of emphasis that way and cooler heads prevail,” Pederson said. “Listen, I get it; I’ve been a player. I understand the dynamic of the heat of the battle and all of that. I mean, we’re in this business for that reason. We love the competition and at the same time you just have to remain calm. It is a hard thing, it is a tough thing. You can’t let it affect you and I continue to talk to our team about that stuff each and every week.”
The Eagles will meet Beckham this season, but the Giants appear to be at the end of the line with the receiver. Pederson probably has a point, though. Executing your gameplan will frustrate Beckham enough.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he is willing to participate in any teamwide protest of the national anthem.
It’s unclear what the team plans to do, but Pederson said he was fully supportive of any protest the team stages.
“If they want to do something teamwide, I’d definitely be for that,” Pederson said Saturday, via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “I think it just shows unity, and there’s no division that way. And I think it sends a great message that from our standpoint and the National Football League and the platform and as individuals, we love this country and what it represents and the flag and the national anthem and everything.
“Listen, we’re not perfect, obviously, and for us to stand sort of united that way would be — I would be OK for that.”
Malcolm Jenkins has said that some Eagles will likely be doing something for the anthem. The willingness of the coach to participate, however, is a new one.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson continues to insist that Sam Bradford is in line to be the team’s starting quarterback when the 2016 regular season gets underway.
When asked on Friday if there is a competition between Bradford and rookie first-round pick Carson Wentz, Pederson was complimentary of both players. However, he said he expects Bradford to be the team’s starter and that he has already been “outstanding” in workouts.
There is some inconsistency to what the Eagles’ coaches are saying about the QB situation. Pederson and the front office have maintained that Bradford is going to be the starter, while another coach said that is in no way a guarantee. One Eagles reporter also observed that Wentz seems to be grasping Pederson’s offense more quickly than Bradford is.
Bradford has an early advantage in that he is a veteran and is being paid $22 million guaranteed on his new two-year contract. But if Wentz has been as good as people say, Bradford will likely be on a short leash starting Week 1.
It’s easy to look at the moves the Philadelphia Eagles have made this offseason and conclude that they’re actively pushing Chip Kelly’s acquisitions out the door. Not true, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Pederson told NFL Network’s NFL HQ on Monday that the Eagles are just trying to get better, and they’re not going out of their way to target Kelly acquisitions.
“Listen, it’s never been about Chip Kelly’s guys,” Pederson said, via NFL Media’s Conor Orr. “For me, it’s about the Philadelphia Eagles and how we can better our roster and better our football team. I felt with Howie Roseman and myself, we’ve been able to do that this offseason so far and we’re always going to continue to try and better the team. If you’re not, you’re not moving forward so I don’t look at it that way.”
Pederson is right, pretty much. The big names the Eagles have moved out this offseason – Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins, and DeMarco Murray to the Titans – were all high-profile Kelly players. They also uniformly underperformed and, particularly in the case of Maxwell and Murray, had pretty bad contracts. If they’d played well under Kelly, they’d probably still be in Philadelphia. Then again, so might Kelly.
Could Nick Foles be heading back to Philadelphia?
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles – specifically head coach Doug Pederson – would like to bring Foles back.
Schefter also reported that the Eagles will not use their franchise tag on Sam Bradford, though they maintain some interest in retaining him.
Pederson was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach during Foles’s rookie season in 2012, so there is history there and it makes some sense if Pederson does, in fact, want a new quarterback. Foles spent three seasons with Philadelphia before being traded to the Rams prior to the 2015 season.
Foles’s lone season with the Rams went extremely poorly, as he was benched in favor of Case Keenum at one point. Perhaps his old coach could help him rediscover something.
Sam Bradford got a ringing endorsement from his new head coach.
The Eagles quarterback would “fit perfectly” into new coach Doug Pederson’s offensive system, according to the man himself.
“I think Sam’s a quality quarterback, I think he’s a top-notch quarterback,” said Pederson on Tuesday, via NFL Media’s Conor Orr. “Look at what he did the last half of the season. The numbers he was able to put up – he’s a quarterback that would fit perfectly into a system I’m going to bring. And so, as we evaluate that position, those decisions will be made as we go.”
Bradford is due to become a free agent in March, so the Eagles will have to pay up to keep him. His season was a mixed bag, as he threw for 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with 3,725 yards on top of that. He seemed to come into his own a bit in the final eight games of the year, throwing 2,164 yards, ten touchdowns and five interceptions. He’ll be pleased to hear that Pederson backs him, especially after the coach who brought him in and publicly backed him even when he was struggling was let go.
Incoming Eagles coach Doug Pederson reportedly wants to lure Steve Spagnuolo away from New York to be his defensive coordinator.
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News cited sources saying that Spagnuolo is Pederson’s “top choice” for defensive coordinator.
Bowen also relayed a report saying that Pederson would be interested in former Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich for the same position.
It was reported on Wednesday that Spagnuolo would return as Giants defensive coordinator in 2016, and it’s unclear if he would be interested in leaving New York for their NFC East rivals. Spagnuolo interviewed for the Giants’ coaching vacancy before the job eventually went to Ben McAdoo, and he has head coaching experience with St. Louis. We’re guessing Giants fans would be a lot more relaxed about Spagnuolo switching allegiances than they would have been if his former boss had, though.
Doug Pederson is expected to be hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as their next head coach, according to reports.
Pederson is the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are getting set to face the New England Patriots in the playoffs on Saturday. Pederson is expected to join the Eagles after Kansas City’s season ends.
The Philadelphia News’ Les Bowen first reported the news:
The Eagles also told Bowen that they have concluded their head coaching interviews, which implies they have found their man.
Reports also say the Eagles hired Ken Flajole, who was a linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns. It is currently unknown what role he’ll have in Philly.
Pederson, 47, has had a quick rise through the coaching ranks. He was a quarterback in the NFL from 1993-2004, serving as a backup to Brett Favre over two separate stints with the Packers. He also played for the Dolphins, Browns and Eagles. After his playing career ended, Pederson became a high school coach in Louisiana and enjoyed immediate success, leading his program to the state playoffs in four straight seasons. The Eagles then gave him his first coaching job in the NFL when they made him an offensive assistant in 2009. He was with the franchise until the Chiefs hired him in 2013 to be their offensive coordinator, a post he has served for three seasons.
The Eagles have clearly supported and helped launch Pederson’s NFL career, so it’s no surprise that as big believers in him, they are giving him his first NFL head coaching job. The Eagles were also interested in Tom Coughlin, but they turned to Peterson after the former Giants coach withdrew his name from consideration.