Eagles TC Day 9: Pederson, Roseman Locked Up Through 2022
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles have signed both head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman to contract extensions, which will keep each in the organization through the 2022 season.
Pederson and Roseman have worked well together through their first two seasons, including Philadelphia's historic run to a Super Bowl LII championship, finishing with a 13-3 record, matching a franchise best, and topping Atlanta and Minnesota in the postseason before dispatching New England, 41-33, in the big game.
"Very simple," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said before practice on Sunday. "This is an opportunity to really solidify the great leadership we have as an organization. Howie and Doug, two very impressive leaders who collaborate and are a big part of the success of this franchise."
The Eagles captured their first Lombardi Trophy last season despite season-ending injuries to many key players including quarterback Carson Wentz, left tackle Jason Peters, linebacker Jordan Hicks, running back Darren Sproles and safety Chris Maragos.
Pederson is one of just eight coaches in history to win the Super Bowl within his first two seasons as a head coach, as well as the seventh head coach to win the Super Bowl in his first playoff run. He also became just the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl title following a sub-.500 record the previous season, joining Bill Belichick (2001 New England Patriots), Dick Vermeil (1999 St. Louis Rams) and Bill Walsh (1981 San Francisco 49ers).
Roseman, meanwhile, was named 2017 Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America as well as 2017 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year by the league’s executives for his roster construction of the Super Bowl LII Champions.
During the 2017 offseason, Roseman utilized free agency to add impactful veterans such as Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, receiver Alshon Jeffery, defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, cornerback Patrick Robinson and receiver Torrey Smith, while also completing trades for cornerback Ronald Darby and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.
Roseman's signature move since regaining power in the organization came in 2016, however, when he traded up twice from No. 13 to No. 8 and finally the second-overall pick in the draft to secure Wentz.
"I think they're both at this point very, very humble," Lurie said. "How they've handled success since Feb 4 has been something wonderful to behold. I think they both treat it like we just finished the season 7-9 or 8-8 and we can do much better than we did."
DAY 9 NEWS AND NOTES
-Over 40,000 were on hand at Lincoln Financial Field for the first open practice of the summer. Nick Foles got the night off and tight end Zach Ertz received a second consecutive practice session off. Carson Wentz participated in individual work and was the first-team QB in group install and some 7-on-7 stuff but again sat for team drills, something he hasn't participated in since July 27.
-Wentz missed an open Mack Hollins on a deep ball down the left sideline while a closing Jalen Mills nearly intercepted him on a late throw over the middle. Later Bryce Treggs dropped a sure TD from Wentz in the corner of the end zone. Wentz did find paydirt when tight end Joshua Perkins sat down nicely in the zone.
-Tight end Richard Rodgers (upper body) and receiver Shelton Gibson (concussion protocol) were again held out of practice. Receiver Mike Wallace left the field early before returning to watch the rest of practice without his helmet.
-Nate Sudfeld got all the first-team work in team drills and put together the play of the night by dropping into the bucket for Nelson Agholor about 30 yards downfield with Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod closing in.
-Another highlight was a burst off left tackle by Donnel Pumphrey, who showed more explosion that he had during his rookie season. A bad sign for Pumphrey was dropping a wheel route from Sudfeld in 7-on-7 red-zone work that would have been an easy TD.
-For the defense, Jordan Hicks picked off a Sudfeld overthrow of Hollins in the middle of the field and Kamu Grugier-Hill did the exact same thing when Sudfeld tried to fit it in again to Hollins over the middle in the red zone.
-Sidney Jones was the nickel CB again, likely meaning he has taken lead over De'Vante Bausby for that spot. Nate Gerry, meanwhile, got the first look at Will linebacker.
-The 5-foot-8 DeAndre Carter was a late signing at receiver and despite his lack of size that screams slot receiver, he's a pretty well-rounded guy who has been getting reps outside the numbers.
-Rashard Davis nearly came up with a hanging deep ball from Sudfeld in 7-on-7s but rookie safety Jeremy Reaves was able to recover and knock it away.
-Typically a backup offensive guard, Darrell Greene was doing some of the snapping in 7-on-7 drills.
-Someone actually decided to wear an Ezekiel Elliott jersey to the practice and to no one's surprise was getting booed out of the building.
-After the practice, Corey Graham admitted it was the Eagles or nothing this season and wouldn't commit to playing past this season, joking his wife would kill him if he did.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen