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|BLOOMINGTON Redskins Derrius Guice Jersey , Minn. (AP) Doug Pederson is one win away from bringing Philadelphia the elusive Super Bowl title his mentor couldnít deliver.
If the Eagles (15-3) beat New England (15-3) on Sunday, Pederson will hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Philadelphia will celebrate its first NFL title since beating Lombardiís Green Bay Packers in 1960.
No one saw this coming two years ago.
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After abruptly firing Chip Kelly, Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie longed for a coach more like the one he used to have: Andy Reid. Even though Reid failed to win the big game during his 14-year tenure in Philadelphia, he won more games than any coach in franchise history and led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, five NFC title games and a Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.
Reid also had a close relationship with Lurie, was well-liked by the players and instilled a family atmosphere. That culture was an important element for Lurie. The environment had changed under Kelly, who was 26-21 in three seasons. Though he was an innovative coach, Kelly didnít connect well with all his players and members of the organization.
So Lurie went back to what he knew and hired Pederson, Reidís protege.
Lurie was quite familiar with Pederson Cheap Anthony Miller Jersey , who was a quarterback for Reid with the Eagles in 1999 and then an assistant coach on his staff in Philadelphia and Kansas City.
Other coaches had more impressive resumes, but Lurie liked Pedersonís intangibles.
ĒI spent a lot of time with players at the end of that (2015) season and I thought what was really needed was a kind of leadership that leads with a genuineness, a real genuineness,Ē Lurie said. ĒAnd people laughed when I used the term `emotional intelligence,í but thatís probably a really good way to describe it.
ĒThereís a lot of great coaches. They all have their different styles, but the one common ground among them all is absolute consistency and genuineness. And Doug Pederson is just himself. And at times thatís very humble, and at times itís just very real. At times thatís very bright. At times itís tough. But he does it in a true, genuine way and I think players really respond to that in todayís world.Ē
Naturally, Pederson learned from Reid.
ĒBeing around him Dolphins Kalen Ballage Jersey , heís the same day in and day out,Ē Pederson said. ĒSame consistency. Same work ethic.Ē
Like Reid, Pederson had his share of critics. He wasnít the peopleís choice in Philly when he got the job and ESPN ranked him the worst hire of his coaching class at the time. Three of the six other coaches already have been fired.
ĒI donít pay any attention to that, quite honestly,Ē Pederson said. ĒI drive home at night knowing I put in a full dayís work. I get up in the morning to come in here, and however I can serve this organization and serve these players, thatís all I know. I love football. I love coaching football. I love teaching it. I love being around these guys, and Iím going to pour my life into these players. If itís good enough, great http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/marquez-valdes-scantling-jersey , because thatís all I know I can do and Iíve given it my best effort. So I donít care about whatís written.Ē
Pederson cares about his players, improving their game and making them better men off the field. He gets what theyíre going through because he played, although mostly as a backup. They trust in him and his coaching philosophy.
ĒCoach Pederson is an unbelievable coach to play for,Ē said Nick Foles, who went from backup quarterback to hero of the NFC championship game. ĒHe just has such a great feel for the game.Ē
Pedersonís steady demeanor and positive approach helped the team overcome numerous injuries to key players, including Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks.
Seeing their coach never waver gave guys confidence they can beat anyone. It helps that Pederson has devised masterful game plans. He outcoached Mike Zimmer in the NFC championship game as Foles picked apart the top-ranked defense en route to Philadelphiaís 38-7 win over Minnesota .
ĒI played for some amazing coaches, and Doug is an unbelievable play caller,Ē Foles said. ĒHe does a great job of deciding when to call each thing http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/braden-smith-jersey , but our staff is unbelievable at game planning and putting us in position, no matter if itís the run game, the pass game, the screen game, whatever it may be. The attention to detail is unbelievable and we go into a game feeling 100 percent confident because of our staff and the work and long hours that they put in to get the game plan to us so that we can go out and execute. Thatís big for an athlete when you can go out there and trust everything.Ē
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