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Evan Mathis feeling Super, not regretful - Daily News
When anybody looks back on my career, are they going to say how much money did Evan Mathis make in 2015, or are they going to say he went to the Super Bowl? "This is the ultimate dream for a football player. To be able to play in the Super Bowl. To (have a chance to) win the Super Bowl. I've been in the league a long time. I haven't had this opportunity before. I'm extremely excited to be here."

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Doug Pederson’s Beginning - Birds 24/7
THERE WASN'T IMMEDIATE success. In his first year as coach, Pederson went 5-6. But there was something about him that connected with the city of Shreveport, and the community surrounding Calvary. Pederson worked hard to establish himself as just one of the guys, and it worked. "Even though everybody walked around in awe of him as this NFL player, he was not above us," Chandler says. "He didn’t want to put himself above us. He was one of the guys. He got along with everybody; all the school workers would sit down and have lunch with him." Pederson established an open-door policy early on, which players used liberally when their friends wanted to meet a former NFL quarterback.

Eagles only mock draft, version 2.0 - PhillyVoice
At 6'6, 230, Lynch obviously has outstanding size to see over the line of scrimmage. In addition to his aforementioned arm strength, he can also throttle it down and throw with touch. Coming from a smaller program like Memphis, and being something of a late riser, many are going to question Lynch's feel for the game. I have no such concerns. It is actually a major strength in his overall game, in my opinion, which again, we detailed in our film breakdown of him in November.

Homegrown is Best - Iggles Blitz
Can Barwin play DE in the 4-3 or is that a waste of his ability? Barwin can absolutely play in the 4-3. The first thing you have to realize is that a lot of his snaps in the old scheme came as a 4-3 DE because that was part of the Nickel defense. The Eagles used some 4-2-5 looks with him at LDE. Barwin played DE as a Senior in college and was drafted by Houston to play DE for them. Barwin is more versatile now so you’d love to find a way to use all his skills. It is possible the Eagles could trade him to a 4-3 team, but Barwin is a productive player and key team leader. There is a lot of wisdom in keeping guys like that around.

What Does A 4-3 Front Mean For Eagles? - PE.com
It wasn't exactly a shock, or particularly hard news, when defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on SportsRadio 94WIP on Friday that he will run a 4-3 front and that he "can take the handcuffs off" of his defensive linemen and have them play attacking, penetrating football ...

Doug Pederson follows Gary Kubiak's backup path - ESPN
Gary Kubiak spent nine seasons in the NFL. He started five games at quarterback in his entire career. This week, Kubiak is preparing the Denver Broncos to play the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. There isn’t a direct line from backup quarterback to NFL head coach, but the Philadelphia Eagles hope there is at least a path that Doug Pederson can follow. The Eagles’ new head coach spent 11 seasons in the NFL. He started a total of 17 games at quarterback. That sounds like a lot more than Kubiak, but Pederson started all 17 of those games between 1999 and 2000. Those were the seasons he was signed by the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns to play while young quarterbacks learned the ropes.

Looking at why backup QBs make good NFL coaches - CSN Philly
If we take it a step further, the two guys in charge of the Eagles’ offense, Pederson and Reich, both had lengthy careers in the NFL, primarily as backups. Of Reich’s 118 career games, just 20 were starts. Of Pederson’s 100 career games, just 17 were starts.  Now, both have risen to an extremely high level in the coaching world.  And they’re not alone. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was a backup in the NFL for eight seasons and Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who will lead his team into the Super Bowl next weekend, was a backup in Denver for nine seasons.  So what is it about backup quarterbacks that make them good coaches?

Will the Eagles trade Darren Sproles? - NJ.com
Sproles is firmly set at the No. 3 running back on the depth chart, especially now that Kelly is gone, and new head coach Doug Pederson will almost certainly make DeMarco Murray the featured back again. Last year's backup Ryan Mathews will also get his fair share of carries, leading Sproles behind them both.  While he contributes as a returner, Sproles' salary of $4.5 million next season is a steep price for the Eagles to pay their third-string running back, especially when they will already have a combined $12 million dedicated to Murray and Mathews.  Trading Sproles would take the Eagles from tops in the NFL in terms of money committed to running backs, a list no team wants to be first on, down to roughly seventh.

A look at where Super Bowl 50 rooting interest lies | Sports On Earth
When it comes to rooting for a Super Bowl 50 team, most people go by their gut rather than geography. Still, you might be interested to see where the general public lies when it comes to the Broncos vs. Panthers question.

NBC, CBS will share expanded 'Thursday Night Football' package - SB Nation
NFL Network will simulcast the 10-game package and exclusively air eight more games.

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