Doug Pederson responds to former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo

Doug Pederson responds to former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo drew the ire of Eagles fans Thursday when he broke his silence in the New York Post and took a shot at the world champs. 

While McAdoo had plenty of targets, he openly doubted the Eagles would be able to handle their success, while also picking the Giants to win the NFC East in 2018 (see story)

Those comments made their way back to Doug Pederson and today, the Eagles’ head coach responded to them on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Philly Sports Talk

I think there’s a point there. I mean, quite honestly, complacency can set in. You can skip an OTA, you can maybe skip a workout or whatever. But what I saw from our players was not that. Our players showed up for OTAs, they spent time getting themselves ready. 

I did my part to help take care of the veteran players who played a ton of snaps last fall. And our guys have kind of moved on from last season. They’re looking forward to this season. And it is my job to make sure they don’t get complacent and we stay hungry and there is an edge. And we’re going to get everybody’s best each week and that’s what we want. I think anybody that plays on Sunday wants to play the best. 

So now we’ve got the targets on our backs and we’re going to embrace that and get ready this training camp and we are going to try to defend. But at the same time, we’re going to take it one week at a time and build the season just like we did last year. 

Of course, this isn’t the first time Pederson has mentioned this and McAdoo certainly wasn’t the first to wonder about possible complacency. It’s a valid argument and it would probably mean more if it didn’t come from a coach who got fired midseason last year. 

But Pederson’s big message to his team and to anyone who would listen this spring was about the “new norm.” The whole idea behind it is to make sure that the Eagles aren’t a one-and-done. For the Eagles, it’s about sustaining that success. So we don’t know how they’ll handle it, but they certainly didn’t need an unemployed coach to remind them. 

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Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Philadelphia fans have been running the Philly Special at weddings and in their living rooms for the better part of the past year and a half.

Now, they can officially run it in the Madden video game when it's released this summer.

We learned of this news today on the "The Eagle Eye in the Sky Podcast" where EA Sports' Anthony White shared the exciting news.

"It's under the pistol formation," White said. "One play is the 'Philly Special' and the other play is called 'Fake Philly Special."

He added it'll remain "Philly" regardless of what team you're playing with.

"A couple of other teams ran it last year. I know the Dolphins ran it. I think the Falcons ran it. Do we call it the 'Dolphins Special' or the 'Cleveland Special?' We're actually just going to call it 'Philly."

Sadly, Nick Foles is no longer on the Eagles' roster so when you run the play with the Birds' you may have to pray that Carson Wentz's hands are just as good.

Carson Wentz reportedly without limitations when Eagles begin OTAs tomorrow

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Carson Wentz reportedly without limitations when Eagles begin OTAs tomorrow

A bit of good news for the Eagles as they prepare to get back on the field as a team for OTAs on Tuesday. 

They’re going to have QB1. 

Just a week and a half ago, head coach Doug Pederson refused to say whether or not Wentz would be practicing at OTAs, but did say he was encouraged by the quarterback’s progress. 

It seemed like a good sign that Wentz was scheduled to speak to reporters on the opening day of OTAs. Turns out, that was right. We’ll hear from Wentz tomorrow. 

Back in mid-April, Wentz said his goal was to be ready for OTAs, but revealed that the stress fracture in his back was not yet full healed. If he’s going to be back on the field tomorrow, you can bet the Eagles wouldn’t let him out there unless that back was 100 percent. They certainly wouldn’t rush him. 

We first learned of Wentz’s stress fracture on Dec. 14, but it seems likely he had been dealing with it long before then. In mid-December, Pederson said the injury was expected to heal in three months, but it took a little longer than that. 

If Wentz is truly healthy and will be able to take most — or all — of the Eagles’ snaps this spring and summer, it’ll be a big boost for the franchise quarterback, who missed the first two games of 2018 as he recovered from a torn ACL and LCL. After the 2018 season was over, Wentz said he never got back all the explosion in his left knee. He knew it would take longer than one season. He’s never been able to determine if the knee injury led to the stress fracture in his back. 

The injury-prone label is something that bothers Wentz but he won’t be able to shed it until he proves he can stay on the field. He played a full season as a rookie in 2016, but missed the playoff runs in 2017 and 2018 as Nick Foles led the Eagles both times. Now, Foles is gone and it’s Wentz’s show. 

While Wentz is entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract, the Eagles have already exercised his fifth-year option in 2020 as a backup plan. There’s a very real chance Wentz and the Eagles work out a long-term deal this offseason. His being healthy could push that along. 

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