Snowed in by literal feet of the fluffy white stuff? Stranded without football until Sunday afternoon? Fret not, friends. We’ve compiled a roundup of the best Eagles-related reading for your consumption. Have at it.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
It won’t be official until the Chiefs’ postseason run comes to an end, but Doug Pederson will be the Eagles’ next head coach.
Besides the oft-repeated basics — he used to play quarterback for the Eagles; he’s an Andy Reid disciple — there’s plenty left to learn about Pederson.
We’ve collected a decent amount of info on the Eagles’ new man-in-charge, for your reading pleasure.
Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson will be the next Eagles head coach, a league source confirms to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The Philadelphia Daily News’ Les Bowen first tweeted the news.
“We have concluded our search for a head coach,” an Eagles spokesman said. “No further interviews are scheduled.” Read more »
Seventeen years ago this week, the Eagles hired a new coach.
On January 11th, 1999, after four days of meetings, the Eagles hired former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Andy Reid as the 20th head coach in team history. (Coincidentally, news broke that the Packers hired Ray Rhodes — just fired from the Eagles weeks before — to be their head coach the same day.)
Reid was just 40, the second-youngest coach in the NFL at the time. The Eagles were coming off an embarrassing 3-13 season. “Today the turnaround begins,” Jeffrey Lurie said. “We needed somebody who is confident they can take something that’s been on a downhill slide the last year and a half and not only reverse that, but have a real focused plan on how to succeed in a big way.”
Reid had a similar quote: “This is the first step in putting the Philadelphia Eagles back on the map.” He said he had a plan, but was scant on details.
They were right, of course: After a 5-11 first year, the Eagles went to the playoffs five straight seasons. They won six division titles under Reid. They went to a Super Bowl. He has the most wins in Eagles history. But people were skeptical at first. Read more »
Two weeks after firing Chip Kelly, the Eagles still lack a head coach. Here’s what local and national media are saying about Jeffrey Lurie‘s coaching search, the Eagles’ draft prospects, and more.
A selection of good Eagles-related weekend reading as the search for the team’s next head coach continues, and the playoffs get underway Saturday afternoon.