Pederson on the “Faceless Opponent”


I usually only do one non-hoops article per week, but with Super Bowl LII taking place Sunday, I figured I’d post something about each team’s head coach. On Wednesday, I linked to a couple pieces on Bill Belichick and the organization he has built with the Patriots (LINK). Linked below are a couple of really good articles on Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. When he was hired two years ago, many media members lambasted the Eagles for hiring someone who was only 5 years removed from coaching high school football. Pederson quieted the critics by leading the Eagles to the best record in the NFC and is receiving praise from the same pundits that blasted him two years ago for the way he has worked Nick Foles into the starting lineup in the wake of Carson Wentz’s injury. The first article is from Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback and has great stuff on Pederson’s “faceless opponent” concept, why his time coaching at the high school helps him today and why he changed his mind about getting into the coaching profession. If you have access (it’s behind The Athletic’s paywall), the second article is a terrific read as it dives into the methodology behind Pederson’s play-calling, the Eagles’ nine-man leadership council, and how Pederson has simplified things for Foles.

MMQB: His Career Forged in Darkness, Doug Pederson Ready for Super Bowl 52 (LINK)

The Athletic: Doug Pederson is one win away from becoming an unlikely Philadelphia legend (LINK)

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