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Pederson hasn't made call on going without offensive coordinator

Pederson hasn't made call on going without offensive coordinator

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he's considering several options to replace departed offensive coordinator Frank Reich — including not having an offensive coordinator at all.

Pederson addressed the coaching opening in an interview with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on his SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.

“I’m thinking through a lot of things and processing a lot of things right now, a lot of names," Pederson said. "I haven’t ruled out not having an offensive coordinator.

"But as a head coach and (with) some of the responsibilities that I have to do during the week and some of the other obligations, I’ve got to look at that, too. Because that’s where your offensive coordinator can really step in."

The interview is scheduled to be aired at 6 p.m. Thursday. Pederson's quotes come from a transcription provided by SiriusXM's communications department.

Reich, Pederson's offensive coordinator the last two years, left to become head coach of the Colts following the Eagles' Super Bowl win.

The Eagles also lost quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who became the Vikings' offensive coordinator.

It wouldn't be unprecedented for an offensive head coach like Pederson, who calls his own plays, to go without an official offensive coordinator, but it would be unusual.

"I’m processing a bunch of things," Pederson said. "I’m not going to rush into it, I’m going to make sure it’s the right person, the right fit for what we’re doing.

"I think that’s important too, that that person fits the culture and his way of thinking has to coincide with the way we’re thinking and … calling the plays and go from there.”

The 'biggest thing' for Eagles' Donnel Pumphrey is coming soon

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The 'biggest thing' for Eagles' Donnel Pumphrey is coming soon

Donnel Pumphrey waited a year for the preseason opener.

Then two days before it? He hobbled off the practice field with a hamstring injury. Another hamstring injury.

Pumphrey will have to wait one more week to show what he can do.

Pumphrey, who hasn’t practiced since Aug. 7, said Tuesday he’s finally 100 percent, but coach Doug Pederson is still holding him out vs. the Browns Thursday night.

He does plan on being back on the practice field this weekend, once the Eagles return from Cleveland.

“I feel 100 percent,” he said. “It’s just [unfortunate] that it happened just before the first preseason game because that’s where I really wanted to showcase myself. 

“Practicing for 2½ weeks you want to play against someone else, that’s what was so frustrating for me. Waiting the whole year to compete against someone else.”

Pumphrey didn’t play as a rookie last year, technically because of another hamstring injury but in reality because he had a dreadful preseason.

He was enjoying a much more impressive training camp this summer when he got hurt. 

While he’s been out, none of the other backs competing for the fourth running back spot have done anything to take ownership of a roster spot. So conceivably, a strong performance a week from Thursday against the Jets could give Pumphrey a chance at a spot on the 53.

But he knows he’s running out of chances.

“Whether it’s playing here or somewhere else, that’s the biggest thing — have to put something on tape,” he said.

“I can’t really go out there and do [more than I can do]. Just play like myself and do what got me here to this point and I’ll be fine.”

Pumphrey, the all-time NCAA rushing record holder while at San Diego State, said he’s been running for about a week now without any discomfort.

“I’m really just focused on what I can control, which is rehab and getting back to my normal self,” he said.

“The goal was to push for the third game, but they don’t want me to play this week and risk it, so just doing what I can do.”

Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Matt Jones are all expected to play against the Browns, so there’s a chance Pumphrey will fall even further behind Thursday night while he watches from the sideline.

But he said he's only concerned with himself and being at his best for the Jets game.

“I just gotta put something on tape,” he said. “If I don’t make the team, I still have to be healthy, still have to have something on tape for another team to pick me up. 

“Obviously, I want to be part of the Philadelphia Eagles. But I can’t control what I can’t control.”

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