Doug Pederson, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie were at Wednesday’s practice together. They paced the sidelines, seeming to watch a lot of offensive players. On Thursday, it was just Pederson and Roseman. They weren’t together. Howie stayed on the move, while Pederson spent a lot of time on the sideline watching the teams.
Most coaches go sit in the stands. They surround themselves with assistants or scouts or coaching buddies. Pederson seemed more focused on watching the players than just socializing. He did an interview with Alex Flanagan of the NFL Network, but that’s because no one can resist her magical powers.
I’m not trying to make Pederson into a workaholic superhero, but I think it is a good sign that he’s focused on football. Established coaches can relax a bit in Mobile. Doug isn’t established and I think he knows that. He needs to find some talented players and to get his team on the winning track.
I haven’t had a chance to finish the South team due to traveling. I’ll get them posted as soon as I can.
People continue to ask about Connor Barwin. Could he stay with a pay cut? Could he play LB?
From what I’m hearing, Barwin is only open to a minor pay cut. That’s not happening. Honestly, I don’t think the Eagles have any interest in bringing him back. They love Barwin the person, but after watching him this year, he really needs to play in the 3-4. Barwin is at his best when you can use his versatility.
He won’t play LB for the Eagles. Jim Schwartz doesn’t want a 260-pound SAM. He has Nigel Bradham playing that spot at 6-3, 240. Plus, Bradham had a good season. There is no reason to replace him.
Barwin is as good as gone. Great guy, but he needs to be in the 3-4.
Some people are asking about the Eagles and Temple players. I think the Eagles could like OL Dion Dawkins. He played LT for the Owls, but lacks great feet. He’s more of a OG. I don’t know his value yet but he could be a target.
LB Hasson Reddick is 6-1 1/2, 237. He’s meant to be a 3-4 ILB in the NFL. If he was available late, the Eagles could take a look at him, but I don’t think that will happen. I think 3-4 teams will want him, possibly early.
One interesting point of discussion in Mobile was the future of Jordan Matthews. There is no question that he is the Eagles best WR. He is a good NFL player. But how do you pay him? Matthews is not a weapon. He doesn’t have great hands.
The argument for him is that he’s got 225 catches and 19 TDs in 3 years. That’s good production.
The counter is that those numbers are flawed. He played in Chip’s system for 2 years and that meant extra snaps in every game. He also was the key to the passing game because the team lacked other quality WRs. The QB was going to force the ball to him.
I hope Matthews and his agent have realistic expectations and that something can be worked out. If they want big money, you just can’t pay that to a solid, but less than great player.
It really is critical that the Eagles find talent for the WR position this offseason, for both 2017 and the future.