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Doug Pederson: We're going to beat Dallas next weekend

Doug Pederson: We're going to beat Dallas next weekend

Updated: 12:40 p.m.

The morning, after one of the worst losses during his four years as head coach of the Eagles, Doug Pederson is talking very confidently about his football team. 

Pederson said, point-blank, that the Eagles are going to go down to Dallas next weekend and beat the Cowboys to take over first place in the division. 

Take a look at his comments on 94WIP this morning: 

Anytime Dallas loses, it helps. Because here’s the thing. I know the sky is falling outside. It’s falling, and I get that. And the fans are reeling just a little bit. But we’re going down to Dallas and our guys are going to be ready to play and we’re going to win that football game. And when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East, we control our own destiny, we’re right where we need to be. 

“Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No, but all we gotta do is be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we’re in first place. And, listen, they’re reeling too. I mean, they’re struggling too. They dropped their last three games, so this will be an exciting football game.

While it sounded like Pederson was guaranteeing a victory, at his noon press conference, he said he wasn’t. 

“I never said that. Never said guarantee a win,” Pederson said. “I would never do that.”

Pederson said he spoke so strongly this morning because saying something like, “We’re going to try to win a game,” wouldn’t have shown enough confidence. 

After a 3-0 start, the Cowboys have dropped their last three games, including a game to the Jets yesterday, but for Pederson to come out and call a win less than 24 hours after a beating at the hands of the Vikings is … interesting. 

When asked why he’s so confident in his team a day after an 18-point loss, Pederson said when he watched the tape this morning, there were plenty of correctable mistakes. 

“As the head football coach, I’m going to stand here and show confidence in my football team because that’s what I have,” Pederson said. “I have confidence in my football team, the guys that are on the football field. It’s our job as coaches to prepare them, get them ready to play.” 

The Eagles and Cowboys are both 3-3, so Sunday Night Football next week will give us the leader of the division. The Cowboys beat the Eagles in both matchups between the two teams last year and took the NFC East crown. After Sunday’s matchup, the Eagles and Cowboys won’t play again until Week 16.  

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Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Harold Carmichael learned back on Monday that he had finally made it into the Hall of Fame, but for logistical reasons he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody until after the official announcement on Wednesday.
 
As it happened, on Tuesday night, Harold found himself sitting next to his close friend and long-time coach Dick Vermeil at a dinner at NaBrasa Brazlian Steakhouse in Horsham.
 
For three hours.

Vermeil had just learned he didn't make it into the Hall of Fame. Carmichael had just learned he had.

And he couldn't say a word.
 
“It was killing me,” Carmichael said. “We talked about being disappointed that he didn’t get in, but I couldn’t say anything to him. He was promoting Dick Vermeil wines and we had about 160 people and they were asking me if I’d heard anything yet and I would just get off the subject. I really didn’t want to lie to anybody. I just couldn’t say anything about it. It was very, very tough for me. It’s still tough for me right now because I’m still trying to answer a lot of the texts. Got over 400 just in the past 24 hours and phone messages. My mailbox is full. They just gotta have patience. Like I did for 36 years.”
 
Carmichael’s wait is over.
 
This fall, he’ll be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside more than 300 other all-time greats.
 
Carmichael retired after the 1984 season, so he’s been eligible since 1989. Despite ranking 5th in NFL history in receptions when he retired, he was never even a finalist until this year.
 
“I didn’t know if I deserved to be in there,” Carmichael said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing I should be in there for the past 30-some years. It was not a lock for me. I didn’t know if I was good enough. I tried to do my best, but it was not for me to say I should be in the Hall of Fame. It was for me to try to put the numbers up and try to be the type of person they would want to represent the Hall of Fame.”
 
From 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL in yards (8,414), touchdowns (77) and catches (549). 
 
When he retired after playing two games with the Cowboys in 1984, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in catches, 7th in yards and 7th in TD catches.
 
Today, 36 years after his last touchdown, Carmichael still ranks 24th in NFL history in TD catches.
 
This is all from a kid who didn’t get recruited to play major-college football, was a walk-on at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was drafted in the 7th round.
 
“When I got here, Harold Jackson and Ben Hawkins were the starting receivers,” Carmichael said. “They were veterans and I was trying to learn how to be a football player and questioning whether I could play in the National Football League.”
 
Now, nearly half a century later, Carmichael has been recognized as one of the greatest of all time. 
 
He’s only the 8th receiver drafted in the 7th round or later to make it into the Hall of Fame and the first whose career began in the 1970s or later.
 
Carmichael, 70, said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind as congratulations have come in from 50 years worth of friends, teammates, coaches and associates.
 
“My son said to my wife, ‘Mom, I didn’t know so many people loved dad like this,’” Carmichael said.

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Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

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Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro try to figure out what’s taking Doug Pederson so long to hire an offensive coordinator. 

Some top names have already found jobs. The guys update the remaining vacancies and speculate about the Eagles’ plan and toss out one new theory. 

They also look back at the biggest lessons from the 2019 season. 

• Coaches are getting hired all over the NFL 
• Updating offensive coordinator opening
• What are the Eagles’ waiting for? 
• Lessons from the 2019 season 
• Will Jordan Howard be back in 2020? 
• Figuring out which DEs are on the bubble 
• Our championship weekend predictions 
• Harold Carmichael is finally Hall-bound
• Which Eagles player is next? 

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