Ever since Chip Kelly was fired, it was clear the Eagles were looking for a replacement unlike the team's former head coach. There's no doubt Kelly had success as a coach, but there have been multiple stories about how his lack of people skills caused problems in the organization. In Doug Pederson, Philadelphia feels like they got the right man to fix those issues. The new head coach has already made a change to promote a more collaborative atmosphere at the workplace. From Albert Breer of NFL Network:
In Philly, there's a spacious area connected to the head coach's office that, during the Andy Reid years, was fashioned as a conference room and gathering spot for the staff, intentionally placed near the boss. In 2013, it was overhauled and served as offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's quarters in the time since.
Long story short, new Eagles coach Doug Pederson is switching it back into a conference room.
The idea here is to reconnect the football operation in particular and the entire building in general, a task owner Jeffrey Lurie laid out as an important one to Pederson and other candidates during the interview process.
"I think he felt that was missing -- the communication, an open-door policy -- and it's something I'm obviously willing to change and want to change, to try and make it the best working environment," Pederson said in a quiet moment between practices in Mobile on Wednesday. "If we're all together as a staff, it does bleed down to the team and affect that locker room."
There are some more good details in that Breer story, so check out the whole thing.
Some people are going to roll their eyes at stories like this. Moving furniture and designating office spaces clearly isn't going to win a Super Bowl. Still, it's a positive sign that Pederson is working to address issues with communication that may have existed in the Kelly era.
This story is just another example of how much the Eagles have stressed "collaboration" since Kelly was fired. That's a distinct change from how the Eagles operated under Kelly, where he was in full control.
It remains to be seen if the Eagles' collaborative approach proves to be an effective one. At the very least, they're executing the vision they desire.