Pederson On Eagles’ New D-line Coach

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

MOBILE, AL — The Eagles have hired Chris Wilson from the University of Missouri as their defensive line coach, Doug Pederson announced following the North Team’s practice at Ladd Peebles Stadium Wednesday.

Wilson has spent the majority of his 20-plus years in the business coaching defensive fronts. From 2010-12 he served as the defensive coordinator/d-line coach for Mississippi State, where he  with a guy by the name of Fletcher Cox. Read more »

Howie Roseman Talks Bradford, Wentz

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

MOBILE, AL — Howie Roseman is back in the personnel saddle after a year of exile, and there is plenty of work to be done.

He called it “exciting” to return to the scene and once again be around the people that he’s developed relationships with over the years. Asked if he feels like he’s playing catch-up, Roseman noted that he never stopped watching tape on prospects and said he has trust in the scouting staff.

The executive vice president of football operations had the notebook out, pen behind the ear and eyes focused on the North squad as they opened preparations for the Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The headliner on that team is North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, who seemed to impress on Day 1. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Senior Bowl Primer

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MOBILE, AL — It’s a party, and I’m driving around in a minivan.

I booked my rental car late, and this was the wrong week to book a rental car late in Mobile. Half the NFL world is here for the Senior Bowl, and it also happens to be Mardi Gras. Lots of people. Not as many cars. And so all that was left was this boxy, space-aged, eight-passenger nightmare. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: If Not Bradford, Then…

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Now that the head coach and most of the staff is in place, the focus will begin to shift more to the quarterback position.

Doug Pederson spoke highly of Sam Bradford at his introductory press conference and made it known that he thought the QB would “fit perfectly” in his system. Seems that the Eagles will at least explore the possibility of keeping Bradford in the fold. But they know it will be expensive. Whether it’s a long-term deal that could end up in the $18 million per year range or a franchise tag that would cost them 20-plus million in 2016, Bradford is going to eat up a major chunk of the budget if retained. There is a serious discussion to be had about whether that’s a worthwhile investment.

If the answer ends up being that it’s not (or if the Eagles decide not to play tag and Bradford leaves via free agency), the question becomes: then who? Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Here’s what they’re saying about the Eagles this week:

How will Connor Barwin fit into Jim Schwartz‘s defense? Dave Spadaro caught up with Barwin to get his thoughts.

One of the players potentially impacted by the addition of Schwartz is linebacker Connor Barwin, who came off the edge mostly as a pass rusher in the team’s 3-4 front. Should the Eagles use more of a four-man front with three linebackers, where would Barwin fit in? Would he put his hand in the dirt and come hard off the edge? Would he use his long arms and frame as a strongside linebacker and cover tight ends at times? Johnson enjoyed some of his greatest success with Carlos Emmons at the SAM position from 2000-03.

“I’m very excited about Jim Schwartz. I remember meeting with him coming out of the (NFL Scouting) Combine. I’ve had plenty of friends who have played for him and obviously I’ve seen the success he’s had in this league, especially the success he’s had as a coordinator,” Barwin said. “I don’t think it will be as different as people think. We ran a 3-4 with (Bill Davis as defensive coordinator) but we were in a 4-3 over 40 percent of the snaps, if not more. I’ll probably be playing defensive end and if I do play linebacker it will probably be up on the line, like I was on first down here.”

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Eagles Agree To Terms With 15 Assistants

Duce Staley. (Jeff Fusco)

Duce Staley. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles have agreed to terms with the following 15 coaches:

 Jim Schwartz, Defensive Coordinator
Frank Reich, Offensive Coordinator
Dave Fipp, Special Teams Coordinator
Eugene Chung, Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends/Run Game
Phillip Daniels, Defensive Quality Control/Assistant Defensive Line
Ken Flajole, Linebackers
Matthew Harper, Assistant Special Teams
Tim Hauck, Defensive Backs/Safeties
Greg Lewis, Wide Receivers
Justin Peelle, Tight Ends
Duce Staley, Running Backs
Jeff Stoutland, Offensive Line
Press Taylor, Offensive Quality Control/Assistant Quarterbacks
Cory Undlin, Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks
Dino Vasso, Defensive Quality Control/Assistant Secondary

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Kelly ‘Very Comfortable’ With Relationship With His Players

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Chip Kelly didn’t have any clothes.

That, and his dad’s birthday, kept him from meeting with the San Francisco media sooner, he said.

“I was offered the job last Thursday afternoon. I had no clothes. Just had a pair of sweats. Trent [Baalke] had visited me with Jed [York] when I was in New Hampshire. They asked me to come back out and I asked them kind of, ‘What’s the deal?’ And they said, ‘Just jump on a plane.’ So I did. And I really didn’t have any change of clothes,” Kelly explained.

“And then also, the most important part for me was last Saturday was my dad’s 87th birthday so I really wanted to get back home to see him, and Jed and Trent were great with that, and then I came back out on Sunday and we’ve been hitting the ground running ever since.”

With everything now in order and suit on, Kelly spoke publicly for the first time since being fired by the Eagles. He took that opportunity to thank Jeffrey Lurie for giving him the chance to coach in Philly.  Read more »

On Schwartz And A Contrast In Styles

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Jim Schwartz says it took no time at all to get a feel for what the Philly market is like.

“I have boots on the ground for less than 24 hours. Here’s Doug Pederson, new head coach, just gets done thanking his wife, and right away it’s, ‘What took so long on that last drive?’ The honeymoon is short in Philadelphia, man,” said Schwartz with a smile.

“And then I got off the Acela from New York yesterday and there’s two cameras waiting for me. And I told Dom [head of Eagles security], ‘Oh, they’re waiting for me.’ And he’s like, ‘No, coach, there was a [shooting] on the subway. They weren’t here for you.’ So that was fun.”

But Schwartz seemed to be taking it all in stride. Read more »

Pederson: Bradford Would ‘Fit Perfectly’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

It sure sounds like Doug Pederson would like to keep Sam Bradford around.

The new Eagles head coach was asked about Bradford multiple times during his introductory press conference. And while he couched his take by saying there is an evaluation process still to go through, he made his general stance on the matter pretty clear.

“Looking at the quarterback position here, I think Sam is a quality quarterback. I think he is a top-notch quarterback,” said Pederson. “Look what he did the last half of the season. The numbers that he was able to put up. I feel like he is an individual, he is a quarterback that would fit perfectly into a system that I am going to bring. And so as we evaluate, as I evaluate that position, those decisions will be made as we go.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Getting To Know Schwartz

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It was just a touch over two years ago that Jim Schwartz stood in front of the Buffalo media for his introductory press conference, answering questions that may very well repeat themselves in the coming days here in Philadelphia.

A league source confirmed to Birds 24/7 that Schwartz is in town to meet with the Eagles’ brass about the defensive coordinator opening. According to Adam Caplan, that interview is expected to happen today. He’s reportedly drawn interest from the Browns and Jaguars as well, but some feel that he’ll likely ink a deal with the Eagles.

If he does, there will be plenty of people in Philly interested in his philosophies, preferences, and yes, deployment of the “Wide 9” alignment.
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