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

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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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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Roseman’s Unclear Role

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Midway through Doug Pederson’s introductory press conference on Tuesday, many media members broke out in laughter.

Pederson, after being asked who has the final say in the team’s new power structure over the 53-man and 90-man rosters, had just finished talking about the “collaborative effort” between himself, Howie Roseman and Tom Donahoe.

But when pressed about who breaks a tie, he paused for a few seconds, stared at the reporter, and then turned and pointed to Jeffrey Lurie. The Eagles owner, who stood several feet away to Pederson’s right, laughed and raised his hand. Read more »

Roseman: ‘I Had No Idea’ What The Future Held

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

There was a point in time, during the past year, when Howie Roseman admits he didn’t know what his future held.

Roseman, then 39, had been removed by owner Jeffrey Lurie from his position as the Eagles’ general manager after the 2014 season, a step backward into a nebulous position within the organization.

“I had no idea what was going to go,” Roseman said Tuesday, speaking publicly for the first time since Chip Kelly took over personnel control during that offseason.

His back to a white wall, Roseman spoke at length about his year away from personnel decisions, what he learned, and how he dealt with the demotion, which could have derailed his career, both with the Eagles and in the league as a whole.

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Report: Jim Schwartz Set To Become DC

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

According to Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks, the Eagles will make former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz their new defensive coordinator.

Schwartz was most recently defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. When then-head coach Doug Marrone resigned, Schwartz was not retained.

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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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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 »

What They’re Saying About Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

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.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Difference With Pederson

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The Eagles weren’t blown away by Doug Pederson, and there’s really no getting around that.

The story will come out nice and clean once it makes its way through the spin cycle: the team’s interest in other candidates was overstated; they had an eye towards Pederson the whole time; and in the end, they landed the guy that felt like the best fit. It will serve as a nice touch-up marker for an organization attempting to project an image of stability and success as they emerge from this turbulent multi-week coaching search.

Wash though they may, it’ll be tough to scrub away these facts: Read more »

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