Pederson Mystery

Posted: July 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 23 Comments »

Jay Gruden led the Skins to the NFC East crown in 2015. But overall his record in the NFL is just 13-19. Jason Garrett led Dallas to the division title in 2014, but last year was the coach of a 4-12 team. Ben McAdoo has never been a head coach in his life. These are the men who Doug Pederson will battle for supremacy in the NFC East.

That’s not exactly the same thing as Buddy Ryan joining a division with Tom Landry, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs, huh?

We don’t know how good of a coach Pederson will be this year. He could turn out to be the next Don Shula. Or he could be the next David Shula. For those newer to the game, we want Pederson to be more like Don. Chances are, Pederson will be somewhere in the middle. Don is one of the greatest coaches ever. David was his son. And a bad coach (who almost got the Eagles job back in the 90’s).

Pederson was not a sexy hire. The Eagles didn’t have to outbid anyone for his services. That may not mean anything, though. Chip Kelly was a slam dunk, can’t miss hire…that missed. I absolutely wanted him over Bruce Arians. Oops. Older fans will remember wanting Jim Haslett instead of the chubby no-name assistant from Green Bay. How’d that turn out for the Eagles? Pretty darn good.

I still don’t know exactly what to make of Pederson. There are times when he worries me and other times when I start to get more comfortable with him. He is going to have a huge say in how the 2016 season goes. The Eagles are talented, but far from great. They need good coaching to help them win some games that are up in the air.

I do think Pederson is in a good situation.

He wasn’t hired with a ton of fanfare. That means expectations are more reasonable for him. Every move Kelly made from 2013-2015 was under a huge microscope and I think that hurt him and the team. Everyone wanted to know if the college guru could change the NFL. Pederson isn’t a coach that casual fans will care about. General writers and analysts aren’t dying to break down his gameplans.

Pederson is in a comfort zone. He played in Philly for a year. He coached here for 4 seasons. He is friendly with the owner and GM (or whatever Chip thinks we should call Howie Roseman). Pederson knows some of the players. He also benefits from inheriting some strong leaders. Connor Barwin, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos, Jason Peters and Brent Celek are veteran players who help on and off the field. One of the benefits of Kelly focusing on high character players is that Pederson got a strong locker room. He doesn’t have to come in and babysit a bunch of criminals or crazy egos.

The roster is set up to help Pederson. The Eagles should be strong on defense and STs, neither of which is an area of expertise for Pederson. The offense will need some work and that is Pederson’s area. Fixing something that is his strength should come easier for him and those around him. And you can win ugly with defense and STs. Pederson might need to win some ugly games as the players learn his offense and we wait for some young guys to emerge. Winning ugly can help a coach and his team to build some confidence.

One of the problems facing teams in this past hiring cycle is that there simply weren’t options that appeared to be great. I liked Adam Gase the most, but still had a ton of questions about him. Time will show us which teams made the right hires. I do think it is important to understand that just because a coach succeeds/fails at one spot doesn’t mean the same would be true elsewhere.

A big part of winning big is circumstances. How different would Dallas have been if Jimmy Johnson didn’t have Troy Aikman to spend that #1 overall pick on? The guys right behind him were Tony Mandarich, Barry Sanders and Derrick Thomas. Mandarich is an all-time bust and the other guys were stars, but not good enough to help a team get to the Super Bowl. How good is Seattle if Buffalo decides to keep Marshawn Lynch instead of trading him? Do the Rams win the Super Bowl in 1999 if Trent Green doesn’t get hurt? Kurt Warner might have been another Doug Pederson. Instead Warner got on the field with a team that was perfect for him. He made Dick Vermeil a Super Bowl champion and turned Mike Martz into an offensive guru.

The right coach needs the right players at the right time.

I can see the Eagles being better than expected or worse than feared. A lot depends on how good of a leader Pederson is and whether he can get the QBs to play to their potential. For now, Pederson and the Eagles are mysteries. In about a month we will start to get some hints. Maybe, just maybe, Jeffrey Lurie hired the right coach at the right time.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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23 Comments on “Pederson Mystery”

  1. 1 Pederson Mystery - said at 10:51 PM on July 7th, 2016:

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  2. 2 daveH said at 11:16 PM on July 7th, 2016:

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  3. 3 daveH said at 6:52 PM on July 8th, 2016:

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  4. 4 Aaron said at 11:31 PM on July 7th, 2016:

    on another note, what is wrong with our country, wow

  5. 5 unhinged said at 12:44 AM on July 8th, 2016:

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  7. 7 Julescat said at 9:31 AM on July 8th, 2016:

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  10. 10 daveH said at 12:46 AM on July 9th, 2016:

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  11. 11 PacificPurl said at 4:37 AM on July 8th, 2016:

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  12. 12 unhinged said at 12:54 AM on July 8th, 2016:

    If the players look like they know what’s coming at them, and if the mental mistakes are on the low side, DP will get an extended honeymoon. Over the course of the season, circumstances will reveal a lot. The defense will definitely be improved…I think, and the big unknown on the offense is wearing no.7. If he disappoints, DP’s reaction will be telling.

  13. 13 Eagles News: LeSean McCoy investigation gets dismissed - NFL Feeds To The Fans said at 8:00 AM on July 8th, 2016:

    […] Pederson Mystery – Iggles BlitzWe don’t know how good of a coach Pederson will be this year. He could turn out to be the next Don Shula. Or he could be the next David Shula. For those newer to the game, we want Pederson to be more like Don. Chances are, Pederson will be somewhere in the middle. Don is one of the greatest coaches ever. David was his son. And a bad coach (who almost got the Eagles job back in the 90’s). Pederson was not a sexy hire. The Eagles didn’t have to outbid anyone for his services. That may not mean anything, though. Chip Kelly was a slam dunk, can’t miss hire…that missed. I absolutely wanted him over Bruce Arians. Oops. Older fans will remember wanting Jim Haslett instead of the chubby no-name assistant from Green Bay. How’d that turn out for the Eagles? Pretty darn good. […]

  14. 14 Forthebirds said at 9:20 AM on July 8th, 2016:

    If he can manage the clock it will be one small step for eaglekind.

  15. 15 Julescat said at 9:30 AM on July 8th, 2016:

    KC mismanaged the clock in their playoff loss last year

  16. 16 Dude said at 10:29 AM on July 8th, 2016:

    I totally agree with that. Pederson said they decided before the game, that if they ended up in that situation, they would try to keep the ball out of Brady’s hands. Let’s hope that was Andy’s decision and not Doug’s. And if it was Doug’s, let’s hope he’s learned from it.

  17. 17 b3nz0z said at 2:32 PM on July 8th, 2016:

    we haven’t had a coach that learns from his mistakes since sometime before reid

  18. 18 daveH said at 6:51 PM on July 8th, 2016:

    AR did

  19. 19 eagleyankfan said at 3:33 PM on July 8th, 2016:

    openly admitted I’m not a fan Pederson. I don’t like his type. I don’t ‘learn’ to like anybody either, so I’ll never be a fan of his. Same went for Girardi of the Yankees. Can’t stand him.

  20. 20 Rellihcs said at 5:23 PM on July 8th, 2016:

    Someone get this guy a teddybear. STAT

  21. 21 eagleyankfan said at 9:16 AM on July 10th, 2016:

    he’s 20 cents — go call someone who cares what u think…

  22. 22 GermanEagle said at 8:19 PM on July 8th, 2016:

    How long until we see that quote from Pederson?!

  23. 23 349420945 said at 11:45 PM on July 8th, 2016:

    如果有一天,我潇洒死去,请记得,我来过这里!