NFC East Roundup: Jack To Cowboys?



Here’s the latest from around the web on the Eagles’ NFC East division rivals.

Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports believes the Cowboys will go with UCLA linebacker Myles Jack at pick No. 4.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli had Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs toward the ends of their careers in Chicago, and he again would have a do-it-all weapon in Jack who can pair with Sean Lee to give the Cowboys two of the best coverage linebackers in the game. Jack also can blitz when asked to do so.

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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 »

Is Pederson Targeting Reich, Spagnuolo?



Some news trickling in regarding Doug Pederson‘s coaching staff.

Cory Undlin will remain as the team’s secondary coach, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. Several defensive backs lobbied to keep  Undlin at the end of the season — Malcolm Jenkins said he even talked to Jeffrey Lurie about Undlin’s value — and it appears they will get their wish. Assisting him, per Marvez, will be Tim Hauck.

Hauck was a safety with the Eagles from 1999-2001. Pederson’s former teammate in Philly played in the league for 13 years in all before moving onto coaching stints for the University of Montana and UCLA. He served as the DBs coach for the Titans and Browns  and was most recently the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach for UNLV.

Also, some buzz regarding the offensive and defensive coordinator positions: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Giants Scouting Report

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

The Eagles swept the Giants last season, but they faced two different teams as they won the first game by 27 points and the second by eight. Which squad will Philadelphia see Monday night?

According to Chip Kelly, the answer is neither because of New York’s new defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, and Eli Manning’s familiarity with the offense in year two.

“It’s just an entirely new coordinator,” Kelly said. “It’s just like when [former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin] Gilbride left and [Giants offensive coordinator Ben] McAdoo came in: the offensive system has changed and the defensive system has changed. So it’s new players, different — some new faces back there. Landon Collins is there, a couple different guys playing different spots that they didn’t have before, and I think it’s a totally different system than they were in before.”

To get a better feel for what the Eagles will face this week, we asked several players and coaches about their next opponent. Here’s what they said, plus tables detailing where the Giants rank in the NFL in points per game, yards per carry, passer rating and turnovers on both sides of the ball. Read more »

Spagnuolo: ‘Great Things’ Ahead For Bradford

Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Former St. Louis Rams head coach and current New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic’s morning show today, and offered some thoughts on the quarterback he drafted first overall in 2010.

Spagnuolo, who will now be coaching against Sam Bradford twice a year, raved about the quarterback’s pedigree.

“Sam Bradford was as good as it gets when he was coming out of college, and he still can be that. It’s hard to go to a franchise where you’re building,” Spagnuolo said. “You talk about the offensive line, that’s a challenge for a young quarterback and yet, he’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.” Read more »

Catching Up With Troy Vincent

Troy Vincent

Troy Vincent had an illustrious football career at each level he played on. At Pennsbury High School, he dominated and earned several high-major division one offers. At Wisconsin, he was a first team All-American and a runner-up for the Jim Thorpe Award. In Philadelphia, he made five straight Pro Bowls from 1999 to 2003.

But even though he retired from the game eight years ago, he’s just hitting the prime of a new part of his career: working in the league office. Read more »