Eagles Wake-Up Call: Leftovers From Pederson, Roseman

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Here are a few lingering thoughts and notes following Monday’s 45-minute pre-draft media session with Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson:

*I found Pederson’s comments on Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff interesting. The new head coach said he thought the prospects were “pretty even” and feels both have potential to be franchise quarterbacks, but twice referenced Goff’s size (6-4, 215) relative to Wentz (6-5, 237) and at one point Paxton Lynch (6-7, 244), and called Wentz “a little better athlete right now.” He talked Wentz up on a number of occasions, but Goff not so much.

This is a time of misdirection and smokescreens and all that, but here’s where my head’s at:
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With No New Deal In Place, Cox To Skip Minicamp

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

After skipping the first two weeks of the Eagles’ offseason program, Fletcher Cox is expected to also miss minicamp this week, according to Doug Pederson.

The head coach, however, said he didn’t mind because the activities are voluntary.

“I’m okay with Fletcher Cox not being here,” Pederson said. “Do we miss him? Yeah, we miss him and we’d love to have him around, but right now, he’s hopefully keeping himself in shape and getting ready to go. I’m excited to when I do finally get to work with him.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Eagles Still Want A QB

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles appeared to have a plan. Shore up the defense in free agency. Sign Chase Daniel to mentor a blue-chip quarterback in the draft. Trade up to ensure this quarterback would be an Eagle.

And then the Rams trade happened.

Naturally, the national and local media had a lot to say about where the Eagles might be headed.

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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 »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

This week’s roundup of the latest national news and notes about the Eagles.

ESPN’s Ashley Fox examines Howie Roseman’s offseason in depth, specifically looking at the moves he made in the context of Chip Kelly’s firing.

“Some of these moves he’s made here are really good,” the head coach said. “You start trading these guys that you don’t really want and really haven’t done much, and you get rid of their money and get draft picks. I’m like, ‘Why aren’t we getting that done?’ I’m wondering how he pulls it off, how he got people to make some of these deals. I thought it was really good what he’s done so far.”

And how the presence of Roseman may have impacted Jeffrey Lurie‘s decision to move on from the coach.

Someone close to Lurie said Lurie is well aware of Roseman’s shortcomings, but the 64-year-old owner didn’t blink about returning Roseman to power.

“It may have been a self-fulfilling prophecy,” the league source said. “It’s obvious. I’m not telling you anything people don’t know. Howie has Jeff’s ear. And Jeff trusts him a lot and puts a lot of weight in what he has to say, and he’s influenced by him.

“This isn’t to say that Chip didn’t have detractors that are justified and he didn’t have some players in the locker room that were more than happy to see him go. But [Bill] Parcells had that. [Bill] Belichick has that. To only get one year after winning 10 games back to back and with a team that was pretty depleted from a talent perspective — some of it your mistakes and some of it the things you inherited because of the failures of the people before you — I’m not sure that happens if you don’t have someone in the building that Jeff trusts and has his ear pointing out the mistakes versus the successes.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evaluating Hackenberg

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USA TODAY Sports

If you want to know how focused the Eagles are on the quarterback position, just look at their coaching staff.

Doug Pederson, former quarterback. Frank Reich, former quarterback. John DeFelippo, former quarterback.  Howie Roseman has mentioned on multiple occasions the benefit of having access to so many QB experts as they go through their evaluations. That expertise should certainly come in handy while sifting through the 2016 quarterback class in search of talent that will translate, and will absolutely be put to the test when it comes to former Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg. Read more »

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