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Donovan McNabb happy for Doug Pederson, but is leery of Eagles decision - NJ.com
"Now as an alum, and I think I can say this for a lot of us, what are they trying to do? Are they trying to re-create the 1999-2009 Eagles? Are they trying to relive the past, or do they want someone to come in and set his own legacy. "I want to see the Eagles win, but I don't know if you do that just by bringing guys back who were there.''

Doug Pederson Day - Iggles Blitz
Sometimes you get so caught up in resumes and accomplishments that you lose sight of what you’re really doing. You are looking for someone to be a head coach. Does the candidate have the qualities to be an NFL head coach? The biggest argument for Pederson is that he comes from the Reid/Holmgren tree. I’m not focusing on the fact that Jeff Lurie is tight with Reid and that creates a comfort zone. That’s of lesser significance. The key is that Holmgren learned from Bill Walsh, who developed systems for everything. Coaches were given a plan and blueprint for how to succeed. Holmgren then passed that on to his players (Pederson) and coaches (Reid). The Holmgren and Reid coaching trees are full of successful stories.

So, who is Doug Pederson? More on the Eagles next head coach - PhillyVoice
As recently as 2008, Pederson was coaching high school football in Shreveport, La. That can be viewed one of two ways, likely depending on how you already feel about Pederson being the Eagles' next coach. If you like the hire, then the 47-year-old is a fast-riser. If you don't like the hire to begin with, then it's a knock on his experience. Still, he was playing in the league as recently as 12 years ago -- and he had to start somewhere. And for the record, Pederson was 40-11 four seasons at Calvary Baptist Academy and helped the school capture its first district title.

‘I Think They Went With A Safe Pick’ - Birds 24/7
"But I think they went with a safe pick. The fact that Andy had a lot of success here and has had success in Kansas City really helped the Eagles make their decision. I think they are going to like Doug. He's a really good guy, a guy I played with. I think he's going to be a player's coach. The guys are really going to like and respect him. But this is a hard town to play in. The fans and the media, they can be tough on you. But if he can weather that storm and have success...anytime you have success, that makes everybody happy.

Unpopularity doesn't make Doug Pederson hiring bad - CSN Philly
Pederson isn’t exactly the sexiest choice. OK, who am I kidding? He’s a zero on the sexy scale; he’s the absence of sexy. He’s the Plain Jane of NFL coaches, a guy who used the word "gosh" unironically just a day ago.  But by all accounts, he’s a pretty good coach, well-liked by his players, well-like by his fellow coaches. And he’s learned from some impressive people, including Don Shula, Mike Holmgren and former Eagles head coach Andy Reid. If Eagles owner Jeff Lurie wanted to get back to the glory days under Reid, he’s taken a logical step by hiring someone Reid holds in high regard.

Pederson's QB pedigree a factor in his hiring - Inquirer
Owner Jeffrey Lurie appeared to be fixated on recapturing some of what he had during Reid's 14 years with the Eagles. He sent a text message to Reid early in the process asking for suggestions. Reid called back and gave Pederson a strong endorsement. After the Chiefs toppled the Texans, 30-0, in the first round of the playoffs, Lurie, vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, and team president Don Smolenski flew to Kansas City to interview Pederson on Sunday.

Who is Doug Pederson? Get to know the next Eagles head coach - SI.com
With the Chiefs, Pederson has played a large part in the development of quarterback Alex Smith, who put together his third consecutive 3,000-plus yard season through the air in 2015. He has also aided the success of running back Jamaal Charles and has also helped a number of backups, including Charcandrick West, excel while Charles missed time with injuries. Kansas City defeated the Houston Texans 30–0 last week and faces the New England Patriots in Saturday’s divisional playoff round. The Chiefs are currently on an 11-game winning streak after opening the season 1–5.

Podcast Recap: What Playoffs Taught Us - PE.com
Playoff season is officially upon us. Even though the Eagles aren’t competing for a Super Bowl this year, Fran Duffy, Chris McPherson and Alex Smith tuned into this past weekend’s Wild Card games and recapped the trends on this latest edition of the Eagles Insider Podcast. All four games were exciting and interesting for different reasons. The Steelers had a huge comeback in the final minutes, Houston was shutout at home, Minnesota lost its game after missing a 27-yard field goal in the final minute and the Packers overcame an 11-point deficit before coming away with the win. So, what were some of the biggest reasons the Steelers, Packers, Chiefs and Seahawks finished on top?

The Dark Knight Unmasked - SB Nation
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