Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Eagles coach Doug Pederson recounts 2000 win against Belichick and Patriots

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Melissa Porter | 05 February, 2018, 05:16

Multiple Philadelphia Eagles players are dealing with illness this week as the team prepares for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup with the New England Patriots.

Twice is not enough for Chris Long, who plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a third time this summer to raise money for his charity. He shook it off. That's all their head coach is focusing on. And the Eagles heeded his instruction.

Pederson has drawn rave reviews for leading the 13-3 Eagles to first place in the NFC East, then winning twice more in the playoffs despite losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz to a torn ACL in December.

"Nick was really sharp again".

A jeans-and-sneakers sort of guy, Pederson is easy to deal with and embraces what some other coaches cringe at hearing: He is a player's coach. "He was accurate with his passes, smart in the run game".

"I wanted a committee that was sort of the voice of the team, where they could come to me with any issues, and I could go to them with any issues I might have and we could sort of have an open forum that way, " Pederson said.

Although Darby missed Thursday's media availability, he and fellow cornerback Jalen Mills were relentless in coverage, chasing down receivers and batting down passes with gameday-level intensity. It gets to the point where everyone just wants the game to happen already.

When he got the answer, one, Blount scoffed it off.

"I'm excited to hear him", defensive end Brandon Graham said. The game marked head coach Bill Belichick's first trip back to OH against the team he once coached.

"Had a heck of a practice today", Pederson said. Definitely picked it up.

Along with NBC's Super Bowl LII broadcast crew (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michelle Tafoya), Pederson's former head coach Mike Holmgren also was in attendance. "He reminded me again last night after the game (against Minnesota) that I was the only coach to go out and work him out as a player leading up to that draft".

But Pederson lost out on the individual award to Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay, who directed the NFL's highest-scoring offense and lifted his team from a 4-12 record last year a 11-5 mark in his first year as coach. "It's fun to have him out there".