Harrison Named To Hall of Fame, Owens Out

Terrell Owens in Super Bowl XXXIX. (USA Today Sports)

Terrell Owens in Super Bowl XXXIX. (USA Today Sports)

Terrell Owens was not named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Philadelphia product Marvin Harrison was, the selection committee announced Saturday night. Harrison will enter the Hall of Fame with Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

When the committee cut the 15 modern-era finalists to 10, Owens was eliminated. The wide receiver played for five teams, incuding the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. He ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and sixth in receptions.

In his one full season with the Eagles, Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set franchise records with his seven 100-yard receiving games in 2004, as well as the 14 receiving touchdowns. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla throws a pass against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. (USA Today Sports)

Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla throws a pass against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. (USA Today Sports)

This week’s roundup of Eagles coverage in the national media.

Joe Banner told a story on ESPN’s NFL Insiders of how Patrick Peterson was nearly an Eagle.

“When we were in Philadelphia, we traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round draft pick. The original trade was the fifth pick of the draft — which we were targeting Patrick Peterson for — and the second round pick the next year. Because there was a lockout, we weren’t allowed to make trades leading into the draft or else Patrick Peterson would have been a Philadelphia Eagle.”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stepping From the Shadow

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It was a clever line. Almost certainly practiced and prepared, but still, clever.

Doug Pederson must have known the Andy Reid questions would come early and often, so he stepped in front of reporters last week at his introductory press conference with a line sure to be quoted and used as a sound bite.

“This is not an Andy Reid football team and it’s not a Doug Pederson football team,” he said, “this is a Philadelphia Eagle football team.” Read more »

Three Leftovers From Doug Pederson’s Introduction

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

So much information came out of Doug Pederson‘s introductory press conference, Jeffrey Lurie‘s comments, and Howie Roseman‘s first public address in over a year on Tuesday that there was bound to be a few loose ends left on the cutting floor.

Luckily, we have tape recorders and notebooks to make sure no stone goes unturned. Here are a few noteworthy leftovers from a busy day in South Philadelphia.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The Eagles will introduce Doug Pederson as the team’s 23rd head coach at 2:00 this afternoon. Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl about Pederson’s potential head coaching staff. We’ve put together a collection of Birds-related reading material to tide you over until this afternoon.

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Doug Pederson Officially Named Eagles Coach

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

The Eagles officially announced Doug Pederson as the team’s new head coach on Monday. Les Bowen of the Daily News first reported the expected hiring on Thursday, while Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus confirmed it soon thereafter.

Philadelphia couldn’t make it official until Kansas City was eliminated from the playoffs, which happened on Saturday as the Chiefs lost to the Patriots. The Eagles will introduce Pederson as the team’s head coach Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the NovaCare Complex.

“We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players. All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”

Pederson, who played for the Eagles in 1999, followed Andy Reid from Philadelphia to Kansas City in 2013. The Eagles’ former quarterbacks coach has been the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for the last three seasons. Read more »

Missanelli: Pederson Is the Fallback Choice of a Bungled Search

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo | Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo | Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t get my wish from last week, when I suggested the Eagles should impart the “domino effect” in hiring their next football coach.

I had them hiring Carolina assistant Sean McDermott, who would retain Pat Shurmur as the offensive coordinator, who would convince Sam Bradford to stay on as Birds quarterback, and then the team could likely challenge for a division championship in the terrible NFC East division.

Instead, the Eagles chose Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who was bled into the ears of Eagles team owner Jeffrey Lurie and personnel head Howie Roseman by one Andy Reid. Reid has had a weird affection for Pederson all these years. He brought him in many years ago as the sacrificial lamb on a bad football team to preserve the stature of Donovan McNabb, who would eventually pass over Pederson to become starting quarterback. Read more »

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