Pederson Will Be Tuned Into Defense

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

A head coach’s headset is limited to two channels on game day, Doug Pederson explained. There are three options —  offensive coaching staff, defensive coaching staff and quarterback — so there’s a decision to be made. As was Andy Reid’s custom in K.C. (and for portions of his time in Philly), Pederson has opted to go with the first two, leaving it to Frank Reich to communicate with the QB.

But Pederson calls the plays, meaning that in order to get a call in, he has to relay it to Reich who in turn relays it to Sam Bradford (or whomever is under center) who then relays it to the rest of the offense. That seems like quite a process, particularly when you’re dealing with West Coast verbiage like shift to halfback twin right open, swap 72 all-go special halfback shallow cross wide open.

On-two, on-two. Ready?

Hopefully on time. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Developing Carson Wentz

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson is tiptoeing a tightrope, and he knows it. He’s well aware of the short span coaches have to turn around their team, and it’s not tough to find examples. The majority of head coaches fired during the 2015 season had just two years or less at the helm, and Pederson’s current boss has never retained a head coach after missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

“You know, this league, I don’t think there’s time anymore,” Pederson said. “To be honest with you, I don’t think there’s time. I’ve seen coaches get fired after one year. I’ve seen them get fired after three. There’s just not time anymore.”

Howie Roseman has acknowledged it’s unclear if the Eagles have a playoff-caliber team this season, and the franchise made a significant long-term investment by trading valuable picks to acquire Carson Wentz. But coaches don’t always stick around long enough to find out if the quarterback they bet big on pans out, and with Pederson, it will be fascinating to follow how he handles the expectation of fielding a competitive team this year in a weak NFC East, while trying to develop the guy the franchise gambled on. Read more »

Carson Wentz’s Path To Success

Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles have not had a successful franchise quarterback since they drafted Donovan McNabb back in 1999. Since the team traded McNabb to Washington in the 2010 offseason, they’ve went through Kevin KolbMichael VickVince YoungNick Foles, Mark Sanchez and now Sam Bradford in a span of six seasons.

When the team decided to trade up for the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft to select Carson Wentz, the move signaled a team that’s willing to do whatever it takes to get a franchise quarterback. Whenever Wentz gets to become the full time starter, whether it’s during this season or next, what are some benchmarks that he should hit? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: RB Depth Chart Analysis

Kenjon Barner, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Kenjon Barner, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

We kicked off this series by looking at the wide receiversoffensive linedefensive linelinebackers and cornerbacks. Now, let’s move on to the running backs.

Current group

Projected depth chart (in order): Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Kenjon Barner

Projected cuts: Byron Marshall, Cedric O’Neal

Analysis

By pretty much any metric, Mathews had an outstanding season last year — when he was on the field. He ranked second among running backs in yards per carry (5.1), and he was tied for 12th in rushing touchdowns even though he ranked 44th in carries. Mathews ranked eighth in the NFL last season in rushing DYAR, Football Outsiders’ metric that values performance compared to the replacement level, adjusting for situation and opponent. Read more »

Report: Nelson Agholor Will Not Be Charged

Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

UPDATE NO. 2: Les Bowen of the Daily News says Nelson Agholor will not be charged with sexual assault.

UPDATE: The District Attorney’s office informed Philadelphia magazine that, contrary to an NJ.com report, they will not make an announcement about Agholor on Friday. Read more »

Eagles Depth Chart Analysis: Cornerback

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

We kicked off this series by looking at the offensive line, defensive linewide receivers and linebackers. Now, let’s move on to the cornerbacks.

Current group

Projected starters: Leodis McKelvin and Nolan Carroll (outside), Ron Brooks (inside)

Reserves: Randall Evans, Aaron Grymes, Jalen Mills, Denzel Rice, Eric Rowe, JaCorey Shepherd, C.J. Smith, Jaylen Watkins.

Analysis

This is the most interesting position battle the Eagles will have during training camp. I could’ve configured the projected starters list several different ways, and none of them would have been much more valid than the others. It’s impossible to say at this time who will play, or even who will make the roster, but it’s something we’ll follow very closely once camp commences. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Supplemental Draft

Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)

Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)

It’s not accompanied by quite the same hoopla as the draft in April, but then again, only six players are available in the supplemental draft today. It kicks off at 1 p.m., and it could conclude just a few minutes later with no one picked.

The supplemental draft, which is conducted via email, entails teams bidding on players by telling the NFL which round they want a specific player. If a club is awarded a player, they lose a pick in next spring’s draft in the corresponding round. Only 43 players have been selected since the inception in 1977, with Cris Carter being one of the most notable people taken.

Some call it the “second chance” draft, as many players who find themselves eligible do so because of legal or other disciplinary issues. Here are the six eligible guys this year: Read more »

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