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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fails to hold up mirror and hold GM Howie Roseman accountable - Inquirer
Jeffrey Lurie failed to hold Howie Roseman accountable for the Eagles’ Great Regression because it would be holding up a mirror to his faults as an owner. As much as his longtime general manager has become a blind spot, honest reflection after a dismal three-year slide would have forced Lurie to confront his own cognitive bias. And that isn’t easy for most, let alone someone who has been successful in life. But Lurie failed to sufficiently see his role in the Eagles’ plummet since winning the Super Bowl in 2017, and it wasn’t just in the insufficient answers he provided when asked to explain why Roseman was staying on the day he fired coach Doug Pederson. It was also in his lack of introspection in how his increased involvement in football decisions has affected his team. Lurie has always been attentive. But Pederson’s agreeableness, Roseman’s complicity, and later his first championship have only emboldened the owner to become more involved in recent years, team sources, past and present, have said. [BLG Note: There’s a note in this article about how Lurie really wanted the Eagles to draft JJAW.]
The Eagles needed to clean house, but just fired Doug Pederson instead - SB Nation
The unceremonious dropping of Pederson has a shocking amount in common with that of Andy Reid, who created over a decade of varying degrees of success, but was critiqued as being unable to “win the big one,” which of course he did last year, leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. The issue isn’t so much that Pederson got fired, it’s that it’s another case of misplaced blame. The churn of coaches continues in Philadelphia, while the man viewed as being a huge part of the problem, general manager Howie Roseman, remains teflon. It’s one of the most shocking cases of avoiding change in the NFL, and the outcome is always the same when it happens: The team regrets is. It’s easy to write off critique of Roseman by saying it isn’t his fault, and that correlation doesn’t equate to causation, but the numbers showing his failings are stark.
Jeff Lurie still strongly defending GM Howie Roseman - NBCSP
The fact that Lurie began parroting Roseman was awfully telling. These guys are seemingly inseparable and while Pederson clearly had dissenting opinions, Lurie and Roseman are in lockstep. They both agreed with the approach to run back the championship team and both now agree that it’s time for a rebuild, even if Lurie talked in circles to avoid using that term on Monday. Roseman has been the Eagles’ general manager since 2010 (minus 2015) and is about to help lead a search for another head coach. The next coach will be the fourth during Roseman’s tenure as GM and the third he will have helped hire.
It’s time to blame Jeff Lurie for this Eagles mess - 94WIP
This is on the owner. The Eagles are morphing into the NFL’s biggest mess, with dirty laundry being aired for the rest of the sport to laugh at during the postseason. After a four-win debacle (including a week of debate on tanking in the NFL), the Eagles seemingly have no clue what’s happening with head coach Doug Pederson’s future, despite a full week having gone by since the end of the season. And it’s time to recognize the biggest issue with a franchise that went from a parade to embarrassment in just three seasons: Jeff Lurie.
Eagles reportedly reach out to Lincoln Riley about head coach vacancy - BGN
In 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles hired Doug Pederson to replace a head coach they hired out of colllege. In 2021, the Philadelphia Eagles might hire a college head coach to replace Doug Pederson. There’s already buzz that the Eagles are going to make a run at the University of Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley. Ed Kracz reports the Eagles reached out to Riley “not long after” the team parted ways with Pederson on Monday. He also notes it “isn’t the first time the Eagles have talked to Riley about his potential interest in the Eagles.” We previously knew that Riley had a relationship with Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. The Inquirer’s Paul Domowitch wrote about as much in early August.
The Kist & Solak Show #221: Doug Pederson Fired EMERGENCY POD! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak respond to what the universe is telling them.. and that’s that they needed to get together again to talk about Doug Pederson being done with the Eagles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Doug Is Done - Iggles Blitz
It is frustrating that Howie Roseman will get to help choose another coach (his third) and used the #6 pick in the draft. He should be out the door or in a very different role. Instead, he’ll be making key decisions that shape the future of the franchise. Yay. I hope he proves us all wrong and does an amazing job. The last five years just don’t give us a lot of reason for excitement and optimism about finding young talent.
Doug Pederson is out: What it means for the Eagles, Carson Wentz, Howie Roseman - The Athletic
3. What does this mean for Roseman? Kapadia: He survives — again. This would have been such a natural point for Lurie to start fresh and blow it up. The roster is old and expensive. The Eagles don’t have a clear answer at quarterback. They’re in bad cap shape. And they have the No. 6 pick in the draft. Why not use this as an opportunity to hire a new head coach and general manager who are tied together? Instead, Roseman will be by Lurie’s side as he looks for a new head coach. The new coach will have to operate in an environment where Roseman has the owner’s ear, and there’s always going to be the possibility of internal conflict, politics, power struggles, etc.
What Doug Pederson firing means for Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz - ESPN
Is this a desirable job? The Eagles have a winning track record dating to the Reid days (1999 to 2012) and an engaged owner in Lurie. They also have two pretty good quarterback options to choose from in Wentz and Hurts. But they’re currently projected to be more than $70 million over the 2021 salary cap. Philadelphia will be moving on from a good amount of proven veterans this offseason, and it’s questionable whether there’s enough young talent on the roster to keep things afloat. Some could also view the quarterback situation as a controversy, and headache, waiting to happen. Roseman has control over personnel, and if Lurie intends to keep it that way, the incoming coach would have to be comfortable with that power structure already in place.
Doug Pederson leaves the Philadelphia Eagles with the seventh and worst head-coaching opening - PFF
Now that Pederson is gone, the Eagles will be competing with six other teams for candidates over the next few weeks. Today I wrote about those six openings as well as some candidates to replace them. Re-ranking the openings would not be difficult a second time around because the Eagles’ current vacancy is the worst in the league. Here’s why.
How Staff Turnover Led to the Eagles Firing Doug Pederson - MMQB
The outcome of the Eagles’ situation really highlights how coaching is more than a one-man show, and how a head coach’s job is so much more than just that of a play-caller. Doug Pederson won a Super Bowl three years ago. He made the playoffs the two years to follow, and last year with a legit skeleton crew. And now he’s out. Why? It’s not that complicated. In 2017, Pederson had a loaded staff. Then, OC Frank Reich left for Indy, QBs coach John DeFilippo left for Minnesota, DC Jim Schwartz didn’t get the second shot at being a head coach many thought he would, and the dynamics changed. Pederson’s turned over the offensive staff twice. Schwartz stepped away, as it looked like his time way coming to an end. And it was clear that owner Jeffrey Lurie, among others, thought that the staffing issue that cropped up after the Super Bowl title needed to be fixed once and for all. Sometimes, when there are disagreements on how to go about overhauling staff, bigger change comes naturally. This is one of those times. The first sign of this, for me, came a couple weeks ago, when I heard Pederson’s name pop up in connection to the Houston job, a sign that some contingencies may have been explored. So I don’t think this came out of nowhere for anyone, nor was it entirely unpredictable.
Just Like That, the Doug Pederson Era Is Over - The Ringer
Pederson guided the Eagles not only to a Super Bowl, but also led them to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons (2017-19), and two NFC East crowns (2017 and 2019). There was a widespread sentiment that, despite a last-place finish in the division this season, Pederson would at least get one more year to try to right the ship. History suggests that Super Bowl–winning coaches typically get more leeway; Pederson became the first head coach to get fired within three years of winning a Super Bowl since the Baltimore Colts fired Don McCafferty in 1972, two years after winning Super Bowl V.
Why Eagles’ Duce Staley should be taken seriously as possible Doug Pederson replacement | Opinion - NJ.com
Staley, the team’s assistant head coach/running backs coach, was named as a candidate to replace Pederson by Lurie on Monday. NJ Advance Media asked Lurie about his outlook on minority and internal candidates — Staley fits both categories — and the owner brought up the longtime assistant. “I would expect Duce Staley to be a candidate,” Lurie said. “He’s a great representative of the Eagles. He knows our values, and I would expect him to be part of the search.” The Eagles haven’t had a minority head coach since Ray Rhodes was fired in 1999. Rhodes was Lurie’s first head-coaching hire, a decision the owner is very proud of, but it’s been more than 20 years since the team had a Black head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator in a permanent role. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles served as the interim DC under former head coach Andy Reid toward the end of the 2012 season, but that’s as close as a Black coach has come to holding down a major role on the staff since Rhodes was dismissed.
Doug Pederson Went For It - Defector
And the rest of the NFL noticed, too. Teams go for it way more often now. An article on NFL.com last year called going for it on fourth “the new norm.” Doug Pederson won a Super Bowl in part by being aggressive on fourth down, and now the whole NFL—with the exception of Mike Vrabel, I guess—goes for it in advantageous situations. It’s so much more fun! So, yes, I will remember Doug Pederson as the guy who improved my enjoyment of football—not just for winning the Super Bowl, but for going for it. The Pederson era didn’t end well, but I have no regrets or worries. I’m at peace with it.
The Philadelphia Eagles are firing the only head coach to ever win them a Super Bowl - Hogs Haven
The Philadelphia Eagles were the defending NFC champions coming into this year, and were the only team in the division that didn’t have a new head coach. They also had a franchise QB who got a huge extension to lead the team back to the playoffs for years to come. Then 2020 happened and everything fell apart spectacularly. COVID-19, injuries, a kick the can down the road salary cap, and the complete disaster that was Carson Wentz doomed the season. Now Head Coach Doug Pederson is out and the rebuild is on. Philadelphia went from first to worst in the NFC East and finished the season 4-11-1 and will have the #6 pick in this year’s draft. Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz saw that train coming and decided to take a year off before the ax dropped.
Doug Pederson fired by Philadelphia Eagles after five seasons - Big Blue View
The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson on Monday after five seasons with team. Pederson posted a 42-37-1 record with the Eagles. Philly advanced to the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2017-19. In 2017, the Eagles finished with a 3-13 record and went on to Super Bowl LII - the first in franchise history.
Report: Dan Quinn set to become Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator on three-year deal - Blogging The Boys
An interesting point about Quinn’s arrival in Dallas is that he is reportedly signing a three-year deal with the team. This puts him on the same timeline as offensive coordinator Kellen Moore who just signed an extension with the club. The brain-trust is set for the foreseeable future. Quinn’s highest level of success to date in the NFL came with the Seattle Seahawks. He served as their defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014, both years in which the team made it to the Super Bowl, and was an integral part of their world championship-winning staff in 2013. This was the last time that Quinn held the role of defensive coordinator in the NFL until now as he is the newest one for the Dallas Cowboys.
Initial impressions from the National Championship Game - Roll Bama Roll
DeVonta Smith had a first half for the ages with 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns. The Buckeyes had absolutely no answer for Smitty, who rides off into the sunset as an Alabama legend, without a doubt the best WR season in Crimson Tide history. Smith ran a variety of routes, beat a variety of defenders, and generally did what he pleased. Sadly, a finger injury took him out of the game early in the second half with the outcome still in doubt.
Here’s how Covid-19 ranks among the worst plagues in history - Vox
Exactly one year ago, on January 11, the first death from a confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in China. Today, the US is inching toward 400,000 confirmed deaths, the world toward 2 million. With alarming milestone after alarming milestone, the temptation grows to compare Covid-19 to the other horrific pandemics of history. It is not as bad, of course, as the 1918 flu pandemic, or as the notorious Black Death. But it has long surpassed the death toll of SARS (2002-2004), MERS (2012, 2015, and 2018), the 1957-58 and 1968-1970 pandemic influenzas, and the 2009 swine flu. By sheer number of casualties, Covid-19 ranks among the 10 deadliest plagues in history.
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