Eagles Wake-Up Call: Pederson Bringing Hitting Back To Camp

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Back before we started this site, Sheil and I struck up a friendship on the fields of Lehigh that was based primarily on our common fascination with Ernie Sims.

Sims wasn’t much of a player for the Eagles, but boy could he beat the hell out of his own teammates. Dubbed the “shark in the water” by then-defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Sims would regularly deck unsuspecting offensive players — sometimes during supposed non-contact drills — sending trainer Rick Burkholder running out to tend to the victim while Andy Reid stared daggers.

“He’s got one speed and one mind-set. I think he wakes up, like, mad at his alarm clock,” McDermott said.

Training camp practices were an event under Reid. Rogue player or no, the action sent you scurrying from one field to the next with head on a swivel as pads crunched and tempers flared and fists flew and bodies hit the turf.

Two-a-day bouts under the Bethlehem sun eventually gave way to new-age track meets in NovaCare’s back yard. It was fly swatters and dance music and constant motion but very, very little contact under Chip Kelly.

It’s back to the old school now that Reid’s pupil is at the helm. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: What the Eagles’ Draft History Tells Us

Ronnie Stanley. (USA Today Sports)

If the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, it seems reasonable that we should look to the Eagles’ draft history for guidance. And given that Jeffrey Lurie appears intent on recreating an era gone by at One NovaCare Way, examining the old regime’s tendencies might be particularly helpful in this case.

Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman both grew their NFL chops while working under Andy Reid, who is a firm believer in building football teams from the inside-out. That philosophy showed up time and again in late April.

Let’s take a quick look back at the Eagles’ first-round selections with Reid at the helm: Read more »

Chiefs GM: Pederson Will Be A ‘Wonderful’ Coach

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. (USA Today Sports)

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. (USA Today Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS — Soon after Jeffrey Lurie hired Doug Pederson, the Eagles owner recognized how big of a role Andy Reid played in Pederson getting the job. According to Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey, Reid is also the reason Pederson is apt to succeed in Philadelphia.

“He’s been around the game of football for a long time,” Dorsey said. “Any time you can take a coach and you develop your skills as a high school coach and then you work up the ranks and all of a sudden you’re lucky enough to get into pro football.

“I think it’s always important who you get with in this whole process, and he was lucky enough to get with Andy Reid. And he began to see how to process and how to build certain things and how to build a team.” Read more »

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 »

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