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 »

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 »

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