Expect to hear from Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman very soon.
We almost had to check the calendar to see what month it was. Usually, you get this type of inactivity in the gap that comes every year between OTAs and training camp. True, the Philadelphia Eagles haven’t been inactive, but following a season where it seemed something was being announced every two or three days, it’s been tough to adjust to not hearing from the Eagles’ brass recently.
Where is everybody?
There was a Howie Roseman sighting towards the end of December. For those that don’t know, Roseman’s the executive vice president of football operations for the Eagles. Those that are already aware of that probably wish that he wasn’t. Either way, he popped up last month at the Senior Bowl and was interviewed on another occasion on 94 WIP_FM.
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During that same stretch of time, Doug Pederson was noticeably absent. It’s not necessary that an NFL head coach attend Senior Bowl activities or the game, but it would have eased the minds of some fans if a team desperate for an influx of talent had their head coach present at an event that would have provided one of the best opportunities to do some scouting.
Roseman’s approval rating continues to drop:
Roseman spent some of his day talking more about why the Eagles, who are struggling at the running back and cornerback position, allowed cornerback Eric Rowe to get out of town. Prior to the season, Rowe filled out a change of address form for the United States Postal Service. He headed to Foxborough to join the New England Patriots and became a key component in the Patriots hoisting another Lombardi Trophy. He was joined by another former Eagles teammate, running back Dion Lewis. Lewis, much like Rowe, consistently provided some spark for the Patriots when given an opportunity.
A noticeably absent head coach:
For Doug Pederson, it’s been even longer since we heard his voice. The last time he addressed the media was week 17 in his post-game press conference following the Eagles’ last game of the season. Believe it or not, the Super Bowl was only played three weeks ago. It just seems like it’s been longer hasn’t it? Don’t fret football fans. Your patience will soon be rewarded.
The Combine begins:
February 28th, the NFL Scouting Combine begins with the on-field portion running from March 3rd until March 6th. A full list of the 330 participants can be found here. Both Pederson and Roseman will address the media. Roseman will do so Wednesday, March 1st at 2:30 PM EST. Pederson will follow at 2:45 PM EST. The continued quest to elevate the Eagles back to football’s elite begins now.