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Eagles News: Making the case for Doug Pederson

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Doug Pederson Day - Iggles Blitz
He was exposed to a variety of systems and philosophies. The Dolphins threw the ball down the field. Shula also had very disciplined teams. They were always among the lowest penalized teams. Holmgren ran the purest version of the WCO this side of Bill Walsh, who he learned it from first-hand. Reid put his spin on things when he created his own version of the playbook. Palmer was a solid offensive mind (just a lousy head coach). Sherman ran a version of the WCO, but really incorporated the run game. Ahman Green ran for more than 1,800 yards in 2003. The Packers actually had more runs than pass plays that year. Pederson saw some great defensive minds at work. Fritz Shurmur ran the Packers defense and did a lot of creative things. They were the #1 defense in 1996. Jim Johnson also ran a creative defense. Pederson got to see that up close for a year. Romeo Crennel was the DC in Cleveland. Ed Donatell ran the show in Green Bay.

Eagles announce they interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson - PhillyVoice
Ideally, the Eagles' next head coach will recognize that the Eagles have far more talent on defense than they do on offense, and play accordingly. A ball-control approach would very likely be more effective than Chip Kelly's fast-paced nonsense that became stale in his third year in the league, and set up the defense for certain failure. Pederson may bring that. So if you squint hard enough, there's his appeal.

Fan-Demonium: Finding Mr. Right -
The Eagles released Chip Kelly and now find themselves looking for his replacement. Some people want the team to hire someone who has already been an NFL head coach. Others want an up-and-coming assistant coach. Some people want an offensive-minded coach, while others prefer a defensive guru. There is no magic answer. The Eagles have to find the right guy. An NFL coach is a lot of things. He is leader, teacher and motivator. A coach is also a schematic master. He has to be part psychologist, disciplinarian, best friend, father figure and politician. Clearly no person can be great at all of these things. That would be one heck of a person.

Domo grades the Eagles' offense - Daily News
Sam Bradford proved he could stay healthy, starting 14 games after missing most of the previous two seasons with ACL tears. It took him a while to gain confidence in his knee, fully master a new offense and get on the same page with his receivers. But once he did, he played very well. Bradford's 97.4 passer rating in his last seven starts was the eighth-highest mark in the league over the last nine weeks of the season. He had a 68.5 percent completion rate and threw 10 touchdowns and just four interceptions in those seven starts. His third-down passer rating in Weeks 9-17 was 100.7, sixth in the NFL. Those numbers were in stark contrast to his first seven starts when he was 30th in the league in passing (76.4) and threw 10 interceptions. He particularly struggled on third down early on, completing just 47.9 percent of his third-down passes and averaging a league-worst 4.04 yards per attempt in his first seven starts.

Andy Reid on Doug Pederson: 'It’s great he has an opportunity' - CSN Philly
It’s no secret Andy Reid has been pushing Doug Pederson’s candidacy for the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy. On Sunday, one day after the Chiefs beat the Texans in an AFC wild-card game in Houston, Reid discussed Pederson, who has served the last three years as Reid’s offensive coordinator. "I think it’s great, man, I think it’s great he has an opportunity," Reid told the Chiefs' official website. "Compliment to the hard work he’s put in, and he’s done a nice job. He’s ready to do that, and I think if he has that opportunity, more power to him.

Tom Coughlin to Philly? 'Don't do it,' says Justin Tuck -
With the Philadelphia Eagles planning to meet with Tom Coughlin on Monday, one former Giants star has some advice for his old coach. "Don't do it, Tom," Justin Tuck said on NFL Network's GameDay First.

Cary Williams: Initial criticism of Kelly still rings true - DelawareOnline
"I stand by what I said," Williams told the News Journal after the game. "I don’t hold nothing back. I was truthful then. I’m truthful now. As far as I’m concerned, the media can take it how they want to take it and deal with it like they want to. I said what I said, and now [critics of Kelly] are coming forward now. I just wish we had more guys on that team that … had the gall to say it when the dude was there. "It made it seem like I was the only one."

A Cincinnati fan peed on someone during the Bengals-Steelers game - SB Nation
Martin Cooke, 33, of Germantown, Kentucky, was arrested after police said he urinated on the person in front of him in Paul Brown Stadium. Cooke, who wore a Bengals hoodie, is accused of fighting with the man and punching him in the face, court documents state. He is facing disorderly conduct and assault charges. Cooke is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

For RG III, a final game in D.C. - ESPN
Robert Griffin III took a farewell lap. Before pregame warm-ups, the quarterback looped around the field and stopped often to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and chat with well-wishers. It's unlikely he'll do that again as a member of the Washington Redskins. With the Green Bay Packers' 35-18 victory in the NFC wild-card round at FedEx Field, the curtain is about to drop on Griffin's time in Washington. The Redskins plan to re-sign starter Kirk Cousins, and Griffin is not expected to return to the Redskins, who less than four years ago paid a king's ransom to draft him.

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