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Inside the mind of Eagles’ Doug Pederson entering Year 4: Thoughts on what he’s thinking | Is this roster better than the Super Bowl team? - NJ.com
Is this the most talented Eagles team he’s coached? — Doug thinks: “From a talent-wise, you know, yeah, I mean, I would say that it’s pretty good. I would say that, you know, from a skill position on offense, it’s probably the best we’ve had going into my fourth season. From a depth standpoint, as I mentioned earlier, I think it’s equivalent to what we had going into the 2017 season. But listen, all that can change in a heartbeat, as we know. This is a violent sport, violent game, but by no means and, I’m not going to sit here and make predictions and put our team in a box that way, but we still have to go coach and play games, obviously. But on paper, it appears that way.”

Eagles have the brightest outlook of any NFC team in the ESPN NFL Future Power Rankings - BGN
Now that football is starting back up again (multiple teams reported for training camp this week), ESPN is back with their annual “NFL Future Power Rankings.” This activity is designed to project which teams are in the best shape for the scope of the next three seasons. The rankings are generated by a panel that consists of Louis Riddick, Field Yates, and Kevin Seifert. Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles finished at No. 1 overall in these rankings. Hardly shocking coming off the team’s Super Bowl LII win. After failing to make it out of the Divisional Round this year, the Eagles dropped down two spots to No. 3 overall. That’s still good for the best outlook in the NFC with only the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots ahead of Philly.

The QB Scho Show #27: MVP Odds, The Scoots & The Coin Purse - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield talk MVP odds, box score scouting, and a particularly gruesome injury that a certain quarterback played through last year, and more!

Four themes from head coach Doug Pederson as he enters Year 4 with Eagles - The Athletic
Wentz’s past year has included comparisons and criticism, and Pederson doesn’t think either will dissipate anytime soon. Pederson suggested that Wentz should not try to “make everybody happy” and cited his former teammates, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Brett Favre and Dan Marino, as examples of players who maintained strong personalities and won over teammates. “This is also a great opportunity for Carson, to really regain the type of player he is to what we saw in 2017, and really what we saw in 2018 when he was playing,” Pederson said. “He is a tremendous competitor. He is a tremendous leader, and quite frankly, I don’t think a lot of that bothers him. He just moves on. He is excited for this new season. It is a new team, there are new guys around him. He is energized, he feels good and I am just excited for that.”

Ranking The NFL Rosters: #8 - #1 - The Draft Network
If I were going to limit my description of the Philadelphia Eagles roster to one word, that word would be “ridiculous.” This squad is strong at seemingly every position, and has deep of a preseason roster as I’ve ever seen.

How it started: First jobs in football for all 32 NFL head coaches - ESPN
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles: First football job: Head coach of Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2004. What he learned: Pederson’s dad got a job in Louisiana and moved his family there from Washington state after Doug graduated from high school. Pederson went to college at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana Monroe) and returned to his roots following a 14-year NFL career to try his hand at coaching. He led Calvary to a 33-7 record (8-3 in the postseason) during his four years there, an experience that he said helped mold him into the coach he is today. ”It was a lot of fun,” he said. “And I had to find out at that point if I really wanted to get into coaching and teach, and no better way than to teach a bunch of high school kids how to run a couple NFL plays. Four years later, I ended up working myself back into the National Football League [as a quality control coach for the Eagles] under Coach [Andy] Reid and have been here ever since.”

17 matchups we at PFF are excited for in the 2019 NFL season - PFF
WEEK 3: The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line vs. the Detroit Lions’ defensive line. The trenches should field quite the battle between the Eagles and the Lions in Week 3. It’s the classic clash of strength versus strength with Philadelphia boasting the top offensive line in the league in our preseason power rankings and the Lions trotting out a projected starting defensive front in which the lowest-graded player from a season ago is Da’Shawn Hand with a grade of 87.4. The Lions quickly rebuilt their defensive line into a force by hitting on draft picks such as Hand and A’Shawn Robinson (89.8 overall grade in 2018) while also making outside investments such as trading for run-stuffing extraordinaire Damon Harrison (92.0 grade in 2018) and signing the disruptive Trey Flowers in free agency to man the edge (89.7 grade in 2018). Meanwhile, the Eagles’ offensive line is chock full of talent in its own right. They have a left tackle that should be Canton bound (Jason Peters), a right tackle that has graded better than anyone else at his position since 2013 (Lane Johnson), the top-graded center in the NFL last season (Jason Kelce), a top-five graded right guard in 2018 (Brandon Brooks) and the “weak link” of the group (Isaac Seumalo) ranked among the top half of all left guards last season. The draft addition of Andre Dillard only strengthens the depth on what should be one of the premier offensive lines in the NFL. If anyone is equipped to deal with the menacing defensive front of the Lions, it is them.

Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long: Krasner deserves support from media, legislature | Opinion - Inquirer
As advocates for criminal justice reform, we were encouraged to see the Inquirer’s editorial board stand up for District Attorney Larry Krasner last week in an editorial criticizing a new measure that seizes the district attorney’s authority to enforce laws in the manner that best serves the people of Philadelphia, who elected him to office in 2017. This measure, an amendment quietly added to a budget bill at the eleventh hour, gives Attorney General Josh Shapiro the power to prosecute certain firearms violations in Philadelphia, but not elsewhere in the state. It was, as the Editorial Board noted, an assault on our sovereignty and our voice. And yet the editorial board did not go far enough. Undermining Krasner’s discretion is not just an assault on this city’s sovereignty, it is an outright attack on progress and a distortion of reality. In targeting Philadelphia, the measure suggests that Krasner’s approach to firearms violations has been reckless and needs to be checked by outside authorities who know better than our own district attorney.

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from ‘opinionated fans,’ more in interview - NBCSP
As for this year’s Eagles team, McNabb believes this squad can get to the Super Bowl, and he feels that everything begins and ends with Carson Wentz and his health. But it comes as no surprise that the former quarterback picked the guys who protect Wentz as most important to the Eagles’ success outside of the signal caller. “I think that offensive line has to gel like they were a couple years ago and take pressure off of Carson,” McNabb said.

‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast: How far can Carson Wentz take the Eagles? - Big Blue View
The Philadelphia Eagles, the team New York Giants fans love to hate, are the subject of the latest ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast. Michael Kist of Bleeding Green Nation and BGN Radio joins the show to break down the Eagles. Among our topics: Where the Giants rank on the Eagles’ rivalry scale, whether or not Carson Wentz can stay healthy, is the NFC East a two-horse race between the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys? And more.

What would you consider a successful 2019 season for the Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys are a young team with a lot of talent. I don’t think anything less than another playoff win could be considered a success in any shape or form, regardless the circumstances. But what happens after that? Do the Cowboys have to win the divisional round, do they have to play for the Conference Championship? Or is the manner in which they play the final game (in whatever playoff round it happens to be) more important?

The Grim Future of Running Back Contract Negotiations - The Ringer
Holdouts, trade demands, and disappointment. NFL teams are committing fewer dollars to the position, which doesn’t bode well for players like Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott, who are in the market for big paydays.

Once upon a time, Andy Reid let the Cowboys score the fastest touchdown in NFL history - SB Nation
Andy Reid has never been afraid to put the pedal to the metal during games, but in his fourth year with the Eagles, that aggressiveness historically backfired — against Philadelphia’s biggest rival, no less. In Week 6 of the 2003 season, Reid tried to catch the Cowboys off guard by calling an onside kick on the opening kickoff in Dallas. Pulling an onside kick out on the first play of the game is a huge risk — if the opposing team recovers it, they’re starting the game with impeccable field position. Philadelphia got hit with a double whammy on the play. Not only did the Cowboys recover the onside kick, but they returned it for a touchdown.

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