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Eagles hire new WRs coach from college ranks

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Eagles hire new WRs coach from college ranks

The Eagles have found Mike Groh's replacement and they went outside the organization to find him. 

Gunter Brewer, from the University of North Carolina, is being hired as the Eagles' new wide receivers coach, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Scout.com first reported the hire.

Brewer had been the receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator at UNC for the last five years, but has been at UNC for the last 10. Brewer obviously coached last year's fourth-round pick Mack Hollins, who will enter his second season with the Eagles in 2018. 

Brewer will take over for Groh, who has been promoted to offensive coordinator after Frank Reich took the head coaching job with the Colts. 

Before he went to North Carolina, Brewer coached six seasons at Oklahoma State, where he coached Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. He also coached Hall of Famer Randy Moss while at Marshall in the late 90s. 

His UNC bio states that he's coached 17 players who went on to play professional football. 

In addition to coaching at UNC, Oklahoma State and Marshall, Brewer has also coached at Ole Miss, NE Mississippi CC and East Tennessee State. This will be Brewer's first job in the NFL. 

Brewer will also be the Eagles' fourth receivers coach in four years. Bob Bicknell left along with Chip Kelly. In 2016, Greg Lewis took over. After Lewis was fired, Groh got the job for last season. 

Eagle Eye Podcast: Good start for Carson Wentz and a look at the NFC East picture

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Good start for Carson Wentz and a look at the NFC East picture

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks discuss the Eagles' victory over the Colts. The guys agree that Carson Wentz looked good in his season debut. Wendell Smallwood was a pleasant surprise.

This defense will give Carson Wentz some room for error to shake off any rust.

Derrick and Barrett take a look at the NFC East picture after week three. Also, is Patrick Mahomes the only consistent thing in the NFL right now?

1:00 - Eagles win! How did Carson Wentz look?
8:00 - The defense will give Carson Wentz time to shake off rust.
12:30 - A look at the NFC East on Sunday.
19:00 - Big upsets on Sunday.
23:30 - Patrick Mahomes is the only consistent thing in the NFL?

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How Doug Pederson got a huge call to go Eagles’ way

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How Doug Pederson got a huge call to go Eagles’ way

Sometimes the squeaky wheel really does get the oil. 

It worked in Doug Pederson’s favor Sunday in the Eagles’ 20-16 win over the Colts, when the Eagles got a much-needed defensive holding call to extend their game-winning touchdown drive. 

Pederson revealed Monday morning on WIP that earlier in the game, he called over the referee to let him know that the Colts’ defensive line had been holding their offensive tackles. Pederson told him to just “be aware of it.” 

Then on 4th-and-5 at a crucial moment in the fourth quarter, that little chat ended up helping the Eagles in a big way. 

That’s a pretty clear hold. Jabaal Sheard holds Lane Johnson so Margus Hunt can get around the edge on a stunt. It works and Hunt forces Wentz to throw the ball early. 

Maybe if Hunt isn’t in his face, Wentz delivers a perfect pass to Jordan Matthews to get the first down. He probably does, but we’ll never know. If you think the Eagles get a first down, we’d have to assume Wentz’s non-pressured throw would be on the money and Matthews would catch it. Very possible, likely even, but not guaranteed. 

This penalty gave the Eagles the first down and they scored the go-ahead touchdown seven plays later. 

During Monday’s press conference, I asked Pederson if he’s strategic in bringing up these things to refs: 

No, it’s common practice. I get a chance to meet with officials before the game. I get a chance to meet with the head referee before pregame. Listen, it’s a tough job. And if there’s something out there that we see, they want to know about it so they can get it right. It’s not strategic, it’s not planned in any way. It’s something that we saw throughout the game and wanted to bring to their attention and it was a true hold on Lane and they got it right. It’s not a competitive advantage other than we just want to make sure that everything is officiated correctly. I’m sure Frank (Reich) had things on their sideline too that he could talk to them about. It’s fair game, so to speak. It’s just common practice throughout the league.

It might not have been strategic, but it’s a good thing Pederson pointed out those penalties that hadn’t been called earlier in the game. 

Holding calls on defensive linemen are pretty rare; it’s not something refs are probably super focused on during games. They’re looking for holding from offensive linemen and from defensive backs. So Pederson’s bringing it up to the officials likely put it on their radar. 

And it helped the Eagles when they really needed it.

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