Jason Kelce delivered one of the single greatest championship day rants of all time. Dressed in a full Mummers costume, a nod to the outfits worn in the New Year's Day parade held annually in Philadelphia, Kelce was seen high-fiving fans and riding a bicycle during the parade route, but he saved his best for last.
Still in costume, Kelce stepped to the microphone on the art museum steps and called out many of the hot takes that have been said and written about these Eagles. The one person Kelce called out by name was former longtime NFL executive Mike Lombardi.
"When Doug Pederson was hired, he was rated as the worst coaching hire by a lot of freaking analysts out there in the media," Kelce said. "This past offseason, some clown named Mike Lombardi told him that he was the least qualified head coach in the NFL! Doug Pederson! The man who went for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl with a trick play! He wasn't playing just to be mediocre. He's playing for a Super Bowl. And it don't stop with him. It does not stop with him."
Lombardi heard the speech and responded via Twitter shortly after Kelce ended his speech with a flurry of curse words.
It's hard to argue with Doug's results.
Entering this season, Lombardi was very critical of Pederson but later backtracked on his comments and actually picked the Eagles
to win the Super Bowl against his former employer, the New England Patriots, when many thought the Eagles were overmatched.
The Eagles have fed off the negative comments of others and their underdog status and, perhaps, it's one of the contributing factors to their success this season.
The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason.
The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.
Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.
Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.
Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.
Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.
While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.
Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.
"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.
Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.
“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.
"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”