Your Doug Pederson First-Day Primer
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Doug Pederson was introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles new coach on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex but that was hardly the only news coming out of South Philadelphia.
Here a quick primer on what you need to know from Pederson's first day on the job.
WHO'S THE BOSS?
Jeffrey Lurie was very evasive when addressing the personnel structure of his organization, begging off time and time again when asked to produce a flow chart of responsibility.
Although called one of the best owners in the sport by both Pederson and new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Lurie reputation took a hit when he shifted his loyalties from Howie Roseman to Chip Kelly and back to Roseman again, all within one calendar year.
Lurie claimed that the front office structure has not been finalized, pending the ongoing search for a "player personnel head." In theory that means Roseman may not be in charge of the team's 90-man roster after all, although the most likely scenario is that the new blood will handle the day-to-day operations of the personnel department and report to Roseman.
"All questions of structure will be determined after the search is complete," Lurie claimed.
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IT WAS HOWIE!
Roseman spoke after the press conference was over in a heartfelt mea culpa with dozens of reporters surrounding him. The Eagles once and likely future personnel boss took part of the blame for the fractured relationship he had with Chip Kelly and claimed he has learned from it.
"When this happened last year, it was something that I took to heart," Roseman said. "I didn't put my head in the sand and just say, 'everyone's wrong.' I felt like I had to look into myself and figure out a way to make people know that I care about them and make time for relationships."
The new Dr. Phil version of Roseman also admitted culpability in drafting Marcus Smith, who remains unfairly labeled as the poster child of everything wrong in Philadelphia's personnel department.
WHAT ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK?
Pederson arrives in Philadelphia without a clear-cut answer at the game's most important position. Sam Bradford is a free agent and will likely command anywhere from $18 to $20 million to bring back, a hefty price tag for the man whose reputation far overshadows his results on the football field.
Pederson didn't commit to bringing Bradford back but did have nice things to say about the veteran signal caller.
"Looking at the quarterback position here, I think Sam’s a quality quarterback," Pederson said. "I think he’s a top-notch quarterback. Look at what he did in the last half of the season. The numbers he was able to put up. I feel like he’s an individual, a quarterback, who would fit perfectly in the system I’m going to bring. As I evaluate that position, those decisions will be made as we go.”
Pederson confirmed three hires, Schwartz as defensive coordinator and two Kelly coaches staying in place, Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator and Jeff Stoutland as the offensive line coach. He later admitted running backs coach Duce Staley would also be sticking around as expected.
"I’m excited to have him," Pederson said of Schwartz. "His track record, his defenses have led the NFL. I’ve had the chance to coach against him, and I’m glad he’s on our team now. I’m honored to have him be a part of my staff.”
Frank Reich will be interviewing tonight for the offensive coordinator job and is the heavy favorite to get it although Pat Shurmur remains in the mix.
Pederson did confirm he would be calling the plays in Philadelphia and also copped to the fact he was handling those duties for the Chiefs in the second half of games since the team's Week 7 game against Pittsburgh.
That meant Pederson was in charge of Kansas City's mind-numbingly slow final drive against the Patriots during a divisional playoff loss last weekend and when the new coach and Lurie were about four minutes late to the press conference, that's all it took for the time-management jokes to fly.
Pederson's explanation of the slow burn was that the Chiefs did not want to give the ball back to Tom Brady, instead opting to try to score, get the onside kick and do it again. That seems like too much respect even for Brady but for those claiming that Pederson wasn't making sense, that speaks more to their cognitive abilities.
"It took us time because No. 1, we did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back, he said. "We knew we were going to score. We knew we had timeouts and time. We were also limited with the number of receivers; we had Jeremy Maclin out of the game at the time. We were down numbers. We felt like at that point, not to give the ball back to Tom Brady. We still had timeouts and time, even with the onside kick, to put ourselves in a position to tie the football game."
'CHIP' OFF THE OLD BLOCK
Lurie did take a few overt shots at Kelly, claiming that picking a head coach isn't about "winning the press conference," while also admitting that the new leader had to be "comfortable in their own skin" as well as "genuine."
"In picking a new head coach, it's not about winning the press conference," Lurie said. "It's just about picking the best leader and it was very clear to us that was the way to go."
As expected Lurie insisted that Pederson was the organization's first choice, refuting reports that Philadelphia was trying to land either Adam Gase, Ben McAdoo or Tom Coughlin before settling for the ex-quarterback.
"At no point was anybody about to be offered a job except Doug Pederson," the owner claimed.
A PHILLY GUY
Lurie and Pederson also addressed the uniqueness of the market, something Kelly didn't always embrace.
"What Doug brings also is an understanding of the passion of our fans in Philadelphia," said Lurie. "This wasn’t the requirement of the job, but he understands how dedicated, obsessed we all are, to bring a Super Bowl to Philadelphia."
Pederson agreed with that assessment.
"I understand the culture and the passion of Philadelphia," the new coach said. "I get it. I experienced that as a quarterback in 1999. I experienced that first-hand. And now coming back, I understand what it feels like to win in this city. This city hasn’t won and this organization hasn’t won in quite some time. It’s my job to turn that around. And you do it one day at a time."
Pederson wouldn't commit to keeping training camp at the NovaCare Complex moving forward but he sure hinted at it.
"I like the idea of doing it right here in our back yard," he said.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen