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Doug Pederson very unlikely to take a coordinator role despite interest, expected to sit out 2021 - CBS Sports
Pederson was let go from the Eagles a week after the season ended, with most teams already fairly deep in their head coach searches, and it’s quite possible that — pending the results of this weekend’s playoff games — the Eagles’ vacancy is the only one remaining by Tuesday. Most other teams are fairly locked in on their choices and it is not uncommon for successful coaches to take a year off before launching back into the head coaching hiring cycle the following year (like Mike McCarthy did after ending his long stint in Green Bay). Pederson has been contacted by several teams, sources said, including one that did have head coaching interest, but at this point he has no interviews scheduled. Teams have reached out about other roles as well, but getting the right fit with the right staff would be difficult, and it would be surprising if a coordinator role that suited him came along.
New Carson Wentz report details the Eagles’ quarterback being uncoachable and insubordinate - BGN
Wentz isn’t solely responsible for the Eagles’ ineptitude, either. He’s certainly been failed by the organization in certain respects. But Wentz himself has undoubtedly played a major part in his own and, subsequently, the Eagles’ downfall. I wrote at the time of Wentz’s benching that I hoped the experience would humble. But it doesn’t really seem like it did. Prior to Pederson’s firing, there were reports about how he wanted to be traded. And one can only believe that information came from Wentz’s camp considering it’s not like the team gains leverage from their quarterback wanting out. It just doesn’t seem like Wentz is willing to admit that he’s been a big part of the problem. A fresh start for Wentz and the Eagles might really be what’s best for both sides at this point. Of course, all that money Jeffrey Lurie owes him doesn’t make it easy for the team to move on.
Babes On Broad #58: Group Therapy w/Special Guest Nic Ertz! - BGN Radio
NOTE: Recorded 1/7/21 before the Doug Pederson firing news. [BLG Note: Interesting interview with one of Zach Ertz’s younger brothers.]
Tough Love - Iggles Blitz
Both the Eagles and Wentz share blame for things going in the wrong direction. The Eagles made Press Taylor the QBs coach after the Super Bowl and that hasn’t worked so well. He is a young coach and has a friendly relationship with Wentz. That created an awkward dynamic. Taylor wasn’t able to be tough on Wentz and Wentz didn’t seem to accept what criticism Taylor tried to give him. Friends or not, Wentz should have taken the criticism and learned from it. Part of his job is to accept coaching and work on his deficiencies. That didn’t happen. Players have to embrace criticism and tough coaching to meet their full potential. If you want someone to focus on what you’re doing right, you aren’t going to improve. You need someone to point out what is wrong and then how to fix it. That wasn’t happening with Wentz the past couple of years. So what is tough coaching?
10 tough questions for every Eagles coaching candidate - NBCSP
What’s your plan for Carson and Jalen? This is the single most pressing question facing the Eagles this offseason, and I want to know exactly how every candidate is going to approach the QB position. The new coach is going to need a clear, comprehensive plan on who to move forward with, who to trade if anyone and most importantly how to get Carson Wentz back on track assuming he’s still here, which he most likely will be. It’s not enough to say, “I’ll fix Carson.” You need to tell me how you’re going to do it based on film study.
Eagles set to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: Sources - The Athletic
McDaniels has begun recruiting the coaching staff he would hope to bring with him to Philadelphia if hired, according to sources with knowledge of those discussions. The meeting in Florida would be his first formal interview with the Eagles.
Offense seeks a bounce-back season in 2021 - PE.com
It won’t be a snap of the fingers to lift the Eagles’ offense to among the league’s best. There is a bunch of work to be done. But the point here is that there are pieces in place that the Eagles can build around, add to, and support. They need to nail the draft, no question. They need to solve the quarterback situation. They need to have a great scheme. Some luck in the health department would be great, too. It isn’t going to be easy.
Philadelphia Eagles to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for vacant head coaching job - Pats Pulpit
The Patriots’ long-time assistant has been a popular candidate in recent years, though, famously being announced as the Indianapolis Colts head man in 2018 before the deal fell through and he returned to New England. His last interviews came in 2020 when he met with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Carolina Panthers. The 44-year-old has been a head coach before, leading the Denver Broncos in 2009 and part of 2010. Prior to accepting that job he had spent eight seasons in New England as an assistant. After his three-year hiatus he returned to the Patriots in 2012, and has served as the team’s offensive coordinator ever since.
Report: Doug Pederson has spoken to Seahawks about open OC role - Field Gulls
Whether or not Pederson winds up taking the position as offensive coordinator for the Hawks, what is of note is that both candidates that have been linked to the team in Pederson and former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn are proponents of the West Coast Offense. Lynn played for the Denver Broncos in the 1990s under Mike Shanahan in Shanahan’s wide zone, play action heavy west coast passing offense, while Pederson played in Mike Holmgren’s West Coast offense and comes out of the Andy Reid coaching tree.
Cowboys must decide what to do with Ezekiel Elliott - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys have a ton of things to sort out after the disaster that was 2020. While there is a real and justified hope that getting Dak Prescott healthy and signing him to a new deal will be a tremendous boost, it is hardly the only factor to consider. We have been going in depth about the huge challenges Dan Quinn faces as the new defensive coordinator. But there is a big issue on offense that must be addressed as well. That is what exactly they are going to do with Ezekiel Elliott. Now for the twist: This is not about his big contact. That is a done deal, and he is going to be back as the starting running back. We will almost certainly see a restructuring or extension of his contract, which will net almost $7 million in needed cap space. No, this is about how he is employed in the offense this year. Last season, he was just ineffective.
Sam’s Film Room: Should Taylor Heinicke start in Washington? - Hogs Haven
I was very impressed by what I saw on film. Heinicke was incredibly accurate and if his receivers didn’t drop five passes, he would have led the entire wild card quarterbacks in completion percentage over expectation. He was that good in this game. Taylor Heinicke threw with anticipation. He can run all phases of the offense including quick game, run-pass options, and play-action. His lone interception was a tipped pass. And his ability to scramble and use his legs to avoid pressure while making plays off-script was really impressive. Hopefully this performance isn’t a one-time thing and that Washington gives Heinicke a legitimate shot to start next summer.
Big Blue View mailbag: Evan Engram, Nate Solder, more questions - Big Blue View
First, Evan Engram. Believe me, I fully understand the Engram fatigue. After he dropped that ball against the Philadelphia Eagles I even did something I fight against doing, which is react emotionally to that and call for Engram to be traded. Engram wasn’t nearly as good as he needs to be during the 2020 season. There is just no excuse for a guy drafted in the first round as a pass catcher to turn so many easily catchable balls into disastrous interceptions. Engram struggled with drops as a rookie. He struggled in Year 4. In-between, though, he was solid, dropping only six passes over that two-year span. Engram has talent. He has a lot of the skills teams want in a move or matchup tight end. I could understand if the Giants moved on from him and maybe they will, but as frustrating as Engram can be there’s a valid argument for going forward with him for another year. He did catch 63 passes, fifth-most among tight ends in 2020, and make some big plays.
Aaron Rodgers is unstoppable and having fun doing it - SB Nation
It’s hilarious to think that only two years ago people were wondering how much Aaron Rodgers had left in the tank. He was coming off several disappointing seasons in which he played well, but never really looked like he was enjoying football. Then he bounced back in 2019, and he’s looked like a new player ever since. Okay, “new player” might be a little far fetched. Rodgers has always been among the NFL’s elite, but in recent years a lack of confidence and joy almost pervaded his game to where even with success, he looked unfulfilled. The Packers’ quarterback has been rejuvenated under Matt LaFleur, and it genuinely looks like he’s having the time of his life. That all coalesced against the Rams, and with that mauling Green Bay offensive line, it’s like Los Angeles never had a chance. Green Bay’s 32-18 win over the Rams puts the Pack back in the NFC Championship for the second year in a row. It was only possible because Rodgers has reclaimed his throne (or at least joined Patrick Mahomes there) as the NFL’s most dominant player.
Still going to the grocery store? With new virus variants spreading, it’s probably time to stop. - Vox
Recent developments in the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed a grim reality: If we keep doing what we’re doing now to prevent infections, we’re screwed. Well, even more screwed. That’s because the virus appears to be getting even better at infecting us. Since at least December, new, more contagious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 have been outcompeting earlier versions of the virus in countries as far and wide as Brazil, the UK, and South Africa.
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