Doug Pederson's plan is for Eagles 'to win now'
Doug Pederson is not waiting for Carson Wentz to transform the Philadelphia Eagles into contenders. Los Angeles Rams Jerseys
Wholesale Los Angeles Rams Jerseys The second pick in the 2016 NFL draft may well be the guy who leads the team to greatness. If so, Pederson will be the guy who was there for Wentz's drafting and development.
But the first-year head coach is not sitting on his hands and hoping for Wentz to produce a Super Bowl appearance. Pederson's plan calls for bringing Wentz along slowly but trying to win quickly.
"You know, this league, I don't think there's time anymore," Pederson said. "To be honest with you, I don't think there's time. I've seen coaches get fired after one year. I've seen them get fired after three. There's just not time anymore. It's not that, you know -- you've got to win now. You do everything you can in the offseason with free agency, your own roster, the draft -- whatever you can to bring guys in who can win."
The Eagles' actions this offseason are consistent with Pederson's desire to win right away. The team signed quarterback Sam Bradford to a new two-year contract. The Eagles also extended current players Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, Vinny Curry and Brent Celek. They spent money on free agents such as Brandon Brooks, Chase Daniel, Rodney McLeod and Leodis McKelvin.
This is not a five-year plan, but then Andy Reid didn't exactly have a five-year plan when he became Eagles head coach in 1999. Pederson was on Philadelphia's roster that year, and he spent six seasons on Reid's coaching staff. The Eagles went 5-11 in Reid's first season. They went 11-5 and earned a wild-card playoff berth in Reid's second season.
"Yeah, that's 20 years down the road, you know," Pederson said. "I think times have changed. I think back then there was sort of a weeding out process of that roster. Some of the guys ended up leaving the team. I have said this before this year and I feel this way: This team today is better than that team. I just think that we're in a better position. As far as time, you know, I don't think there's time. I'm going to coach to win every game now. That's how we're going to approach it."
One thing Pederson does have in common with Reid: As first-time NFL head coaches, both were not expected to take the NFL by storm. Reid was a quarterbacks coach in Green Bay who had never even been a coordinator. Prior to taking the Eagles job, Pederson had been Reid's offensive coordinator for three years, but it was Reid's offense in Kansas City. Reid also called the plays.
So Pederson is not coming into Philadelphia with the weight of high expectations.
"This is my first year as a head coach, and that's fine," Pederson said. "Listen, it's OK. I'm fine with that. You gain valuable experience each and every day. I've been around this league, 14 as a player, eight as a coach now, and I've seen a lot of things, been around some great coaches. So I apply what I've learned into this situation, but at the same time, you have to develop your own plan and your own ideas.
"Underestimating? That's OK. I'd rather go in that way then be as successful as you can on the field. My concern is the locker room. I don't necessarily put a lot of weight or external value on what people are going to say. It's their opinions. I can control that locker room and the things that are in my grasp."
Wholesale NFL Jerseys And one of those things is the way the team approaches this season.
"We want to win every game," Pederson said. cheap NFL Jerseys