Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho gives epic defense of Doug Pederson

Emmanuel Acho gives epic defense of Doug Pederson

In a recent CBS Sports’ ranking of the top 10 head coaches in the NFL, Doug Pederson came in ninth. Ninth!

He was behind guys like Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay and Eagles fans weren’t very happy about it. 

After all, this is a head coach who has led the Eagles to three consecutive playoff berths despite staggering injuries. And in 2017, he led them to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win despite injuries to several key players, including Carson Wentz, who was likely the league’s MVP. 

But he was still ninth on this list and former Eagle Emmanuel Acho was having none of that on FS1’s Speak for Yourself. 

Most of the things Acho says in the video are things Eagles fans already know about. But they are things that he wanted FS1’s national audience to realize. Pederson really is one of the best coaches in the NFL and he deserves to have his name closer to the top of the list. 

Acho played for the Eagles from 2013-15, so he never played under Pederson. He spent his entire Eagles career with Chip Kelly as his coach. 

But there are still many players on the Eagles’ roster who were his teammates back then, so he has probably heard plenty of great things about Pederson. One of the most impressive parts about Pederson’s time as head coach is the total buy-in he gets from his players. His guys fight for him. 

That’s a big reason why he has been able to rally teams that have been decimated by injuries. No one wants to let Pederson down. In that respect, he’s an awful lot like Andy Reid.

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Emmanuel Acho torches Chip Kelly's NFL career with '2020 plans' meme

Emmanuel Acho torches Chip Kelly's NFL career with '2020 plans' meme

We've seen our fair share of mini-viral memes throughout pro sports' indefinite pause, from the Gossip Girl setup to incredible Andy Reid-iPod mash-ups during the Draft.

The latest format making the rounds is based on how unexpectedly odd 2020 has been, and the way it's derailed everyone's plans. It's a straightforward setup:

Got it? Got it.

Enter former Eagles linebacker and special teamer Emmanuel Acho, who decided to ride the meme's wave and go after none other than former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly:

Whew man.

This isn't the first time Acho has put Kelly in his crosshairs. Back in 2018, he used his role on ESPN to light Kelly's rough start at UCLA on fire - and right after Kelly left a brief stint with ESPN, no less:

Acho was also aggressive with his subtweeting back when the Eagles fired Kelly in 2015:

Of course, Acho isn't the only Eagle who has recently taken aim at Kelly, who is still coaching for UCLA, for now.

On the first night of this year's NFL Draft, former (and future?) Eagle LeSean McCoy and current Eagle DeSean Jackson were chatting about the old days on Instagram Live, and they quickly began trash-talking Kelly.

And early in 2019, Jackson and former Eagle Michael Vick went to town on Kelly's decision-making during his time in Philly:

It's been years since Kelly was a hot name in the football world, but his former NFL players still seem to have plenty of contempt for The Man Who Changed Football.

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Emmanuel Acho explains why he ripped Eagles after Sidney Jones pick

Emmanuel Acho explains why he ripped Eagles after Sidney Jones pick

Former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho has elaborated on the vague shots he took at the Eagles, and specifically their medical staff, after they drafted cornerback Sidney Jones on Day 2 of the NFL draft.

Acho on Tuesday night released a lengthy tweet praising Eagles fans but also reminding them that they don't know everything. He also reminds reporters that they don't know much either. 

Acho says he had a "fantastic" time in Philly and has "no hostility toward anyone in the organization." Hmm, OK.

Then he gets to the meat of the matter.  

Acho explains how a difference in opinion about the length of recovery for a given injury can affect the amount of money a player receives in an injury settlement. 

His example — maybe hypothetical, probably not — is a player with an MCL tear. If a team says the recovery time is two weeks, then the injury settlement is based on that, he says, even if another doctor says the recovery time is longer. 

So that's that.

Acho spent three seasons with the Eagles, who released him right before the 2015 season with an injury settlement (he needed thumb surgery).

Here's his full statement: