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Eagles News: Doug Pederson’s aggressiveness paid off in a big way

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Analysis of all 29 of Doug Pederson’s 4th down ‘go for it’ calls in 2017 - PhillyVoice
All season long, Doug Pederson gambled and mostly won. It’s highly unlikely that every Eagles season will have the same level of success on fourth down that they enjoyed in 2017. Still, the next time the Eagles go for it on 4th down in an unconventional situation and they don’t convert, just remember how much fun you had at the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade because Doug Pederson has some balls.

NFL Mock Draft 2018: ESPN Mel Kiper 2.0 Edition - BGN
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper is back with another 2018 NFL mock draft. He released his Version 1.0 back before the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC Championship Game. Now it’s time for his first mock since the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Here’s Version 2.0, via In$ider.

Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery played with torn rotator cuff; surgery could sideline him through preseason - Inquirer
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has undergone surgery to repair his right rotator cuff, a source said Wednesday, confirming an report. The goal is for Jeffery to be ready for the 2018 regular season, though he could return during the preseason if all goes well, the source said.

From South London to South Philly: ‘No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care’ - B/R
“We have tried to fight being the heel for a while now, but as Jason Kelce said, ‘f--k ‘em,’” John Barchard, a lifelong Eagles fan and the host of the BGN Radio podcast, said. “If people fear coming into Lincoln Financial Field to play the Eagles, good. You want to say we’re a bunch of gang members? Fantastic. You want to say we are the worst fans in the world? Even better. I don’t want you to feel comfortable at all wearing that ugly-ass Giants jersey at The Linc. ... The beauty is that the energy from the Super Bowl win is spreading over to the Sixers and Flyers. If they go on deep playoff runs, the pettiness will be an all-time high, and I welcome every moment of it.”

Doug Pederson 1 of 11 coaches who won Super Bowl within 2 seasons - PennLive
Doug Pederson didn’t win the NFL’s coach of the year award earlier this month, which ruffled the feathers of Philadelphia Eagles fans who felt their guy was more impressive than the Rams’ Sean McVay. But Philly’s sideline general gladly accepted a consolation prize of sorts when his team beat the New England Patriots, 41-33, on Feb. 4 to claim the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. What’s more, Pederson became just the 11th head coach to win a Super Bowl in his second year on the job. As we consider what Pederson’s future in Philadelphia holds, we thought it’d be worthwhile to look back at the 10 others who’ve accomplished this feat. It’s a list that includes a couple hall of famers and a few coaches who fizzled out.

Philadelphia Eagles offseason wish list for fantasy - PFF
Paul Richardson, WR: The Eagles could use a field-stretcher opposite Alshon Jeffery, and speedster Richardson certainly fits the bill after turning 80 targets into 703 yards and six scores. Torrey Smith caught just 36 passes while averaging 6.8 yards per target and a career-low 11.9 yards per catch. His $5 million salary for 2018 comes with a team option and no dead cap money.

Eagles Stay or Go — How about all the tight ends? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Don’t be surprised if Billy Brown makes the team next year. He’s got good size at 6-4/255, and from what we’ve seen he has pretty good hands. We saw his catching ability at training camp last year, and he caught eight passes for 51 yards in the preseason. Brown spent the entire 2017 season on the practice squad, but with the future of both Trey Burton and Brent Celek up in the air, Brown may be able to secure a roster spot with a good training camp. I expect Burton to get an offer in the $7 million per year range if he hits the open market, which the Eagles most likely won’t be able to match, and Celek could either retire or get released to save cap space. Brown could be the next guy up.

Marcus Peters for Eli Apple: Is that a deal the Giants should try to make? - Big Blue View

The Redskins Have Struggled Recently to Find Success with Early Draft Picks - Hogs Haven
Whether due to lack of production, poor scheme fit, injury, or leaving the team, the Redskins have struggled to find success with their early draft picks over recent years. Why the Redskins continue to draft players with higher draft picks who don’t fit their schemes is beyond me, but this is only part of the problem here in D.C. This seems to be an on-going trend here in our Nations Capital. This trend could be seen since Mike Shanahan took over as head coach in 2010, but it really became more prevalent when the team hired Jay Gruden in 2014. Since 2014, the Redskins have had a total of 12 draft picks in the top three rounds of the NFL Draft. Teams expect to find starters and early contributors in rounds one through three, and these are guys you hope will be on your team for many years to come. This hasn’t exactly been the case for the Redskins.

Jon Gruden thinks he’s going to ‘fix’ football by recapturing its past. He’s going to be disappointed. - SB Nation
Jon Gruden wants to write a book called The Football Gods. This is what he told Sports Illustrated in the requisite ‘he’s back isn’t that cool’ profile that dropped this week. I don’t know if writing this book is a real aspiration or just some folksy Grudenism like the shit he said during MNF broadcasts that was actually kind of fun sometimes. But this isn’t fun. For Gruden, it’s more of a mission statement propped up by iconography about how he’s gonna bring back OLD TIMEY FOOTBALL to a modern game that’s lost its way. Or some shit.


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