Doug Pederson tells Eagles this is the “new norm”

AP

The Eagles were underdogs in all three playoff rounds this year, which led to dog masks becoming a thing in Philadelphia and didn’t stop them from winning all three games and ending the year with their first Super Bowl championship.

It’s rare that a team continues to be an underdog once they’ve reached the pinnacle of the sport and that will demand a change in approach once the Eagles get back on the field later this year. At a press conference on Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson explained what he told the team about the shift in mindset that needs to take place.

“I told them, ‘Get used to this. This is the new norm in Philadelphia. Playing and hopefully playing into February every year. It’s the new norm so get used to it.” Pederson said.

Adjusting to the new norm can take some time as players deal with the adulation and increased demands on time that come with winning a Super Bowl. Pederson acknowledged that “shorter offseasons” and the various contract issues that arise with successful teams can put pressure on a team’s ability to remain at the top of their game.

That’s part of the reason why no one has put together back-to-back Super Bowl wins since after the 2004 season and the Eagles will have to be fast learners if they want to break that streak in Atlanta next February.

74 responses to “Doug Pederson tells Eagles this is the “new norm”

  1. They are certainly set up to be good. However, egos get in the way, guys want to get paid, players leave for other teams to make more money. You have to draft right, get rid of players a year too early rather than a year too late. Seahawks dynasty lasted one year, lets see if Philly can do better.

  2. Except the Pats are STILL listed as the favorites for next year. As an Eagles fan I know everyone will find reasons to down them. They did it all year. I expect no less this offseason and next year. It is hard to say that the Eagles will win it all again next year. No one can know that. They have a solid core though that doesn’t rely on just one person. They also have a tough schedule next year. The vast majority of the staters will be back. That is what makes football fun. You never know.

  3. grogansheroes says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    They are certainly set up to be good. However, egos get in the way, guys want to get paid, players leave for other teams to make more money. You have to draft right, get rid of players a year too early rather than a year too late. Seahawks dynasty lasted one year, lets see if Philly can do better.

    Totally agree with how hard it is to repeat. Has anyone ever three-peated even when counting the pre-Super Bowl era. So many things can change.

  4. They had a great post season run, but I’m still finding their underdog designation puzzling. Normally a team would have been favored over both Atlanta and the Vikings if they had a better record and were playing at home as Phili was. For some reason they were called underdogs. Strange.

  5. Good attitude and he may well be right. Certainly the Eagles are the champs until someone dethrones them. Wentz or Foles will be a key decision that will only heat up from here.

  6. Next year they will be pretty good but after that you have to pay Wentz and any and all receivers and line men. It’s the same thing with every championship team, guys get rewarded and soon they are overpaid,slow and old. Even Brady is not immune. Nobody feared New England’s defense at all and found it quite susceptible. Very few outside of the Pat’s organization knew that the ref’s would offset their lack of skill with giving them games in the playoffs and regular season.

  7. Deep into the playoffs/Super Bowl every year would be a great thing, but it’s not realistic. Having Wentz gives us a good chance to be contenders for years, but you know what? I got to experience an Eagles Super bowl win. I’m good. Was at the point where I thought it wouldn’t happen in my lifetime. So yeah, I’m good.

  8. Eagles earned the victory they deserve credit for playing their hearts out. And sounds like they have most of their starters under contract for next season so they aren’t as vulnerable as some SB winners to a chunk of the better players on their roster being poached.

    Would not be at all surprised to see another Pats-Eagles SB next season.

  9. “Yeah, good luck with that. There are 31 other teams with the same goal.”

    Yep, And if your team was the one that just beat the era’s greatest dynasty and had a 3rd year MVP QB coming back, you’d be as excited as we are. Deal with it.

  10. We’ll see how they do going forward. The window for these dynasty years can be very short, so we will see how long their run will actually go for. The Seahawks seemed to be in a similiar position a few years back, but injuries and free agency have crept in recently. So despite a team that seemed positioned to win multiple championships, they have managed one Super Bowl and one Super Bowl loss. Not to knock them, because there are a number of teams that would love to be in their position. But it shows how hard it is to actually win multiple championships.

    At the very least, the Eagles look positioned to be in the conversation every year.

  11. I can see his point given that their starting LT, QB and MLB (and Sproles) were all out during this playoff run.

  12. fartweasel says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    They had a great post season run, but I’m still finding their underdog designation puzzling. Normally a team would have been favored over both Atlanta and the Vikings if they had a better record and were playing at home as Phili was. For some reason they were called underdogs. Strange.

    They had lost their MVP candidate QB, HOF Left Tackle, Pro Bowl Caliber MLB and Special Weapon RB. That is why they were underdogs.

  13. chickenrondelet says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    Deep into the playoffs/Super Bowl every year would be a great thing, but it’s not realistic. Having Wentz gives us a good chance to be contenders for years, but you know what? I got to experience an Eagles Super bowl win. I’m good. Was at the point where I thought it wouldn’t happen in my lifetime. So yeah, I’m good.

    My thoughts exactly. Was starting to think I would never see the day. I would love to win every single year but know full what that isn’t realistic. Who knows though? Maybe fortune will break our way next year. For me, Peterson gets a 10 year buy.

  14. Ken Davis says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    fartweasel says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    They had a great post season run, but I’m still finding their underdog designation puzzling. Normally a team would have been favored over both Atlanta and the Vikings if they had a better record and were playing at home as Phili was. For some reason they were called underdogs. Strange.

    They had lost their MVP candidate QB, HOF Left Tackle, Pro Bowl Caliber MLB and Special Weapon RB. That is why they were underdogs.
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    Not buying it. Many teams are short on starters. The Vikes were on their 2nd string QB and had lost Dalvin Cook. I’m not trying to take anything away from the eagles, they did what they needed to do. Congrats to them. Just think the underdog label was questionable.

  15. Ken Davis says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    Except the Pats are STILL listed as the favorites for next year. As an Eagles fan I know everyone will find reasons to down them. They did it all year. I expect no less this offseason and next year. It is hard to say that the Eagles will win it all again next year. No one can know that. They have a solid core though that doesn’t rely on just one person. They also have a tough schedule next year. The vast majority of the staters will be back. That is what makes football fun. You never know.

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    The Patriots being favorites is all about the competition in the division and conference. They are more likely to make it out of the division and out of the conference because of that. Overall, the NFC still has the better teams at the moment with a few teams in the AFC being relatively equal to them. The Patriots and Steelers (and maybe Houston next year). However, if Gronk retires it could shift Philly to the top. Hopefully he doesn’t!

  16. Bull Charger

    That is a good assessment. It seems as though only the Steelers are good year in and year out in the AFC. Not counting the Pats who are obviously good every year as well. Still, never know when the tide will turn. Eventually other teams will take over. I think….

  17. Fart

    That is why Vegas who specializes in that sort of thing made them underdogs. Your issue is with them.

  18. If they called the Jalen mills pass interference in the end zone on Julio Jones at the end of the Atlanta game, Atlanta probably would have been in the SB. Man the Eagles owe the refs, stephon digs, and Malcolm butler cheesesteaks for life. what a lucky road they traveled to their first SB.

  19. As for Gronk, I think he is back for another year at least. Still, he has had a ton of injuries and some of them will affect him forever. A great talent. No doubt. Also found it interesting that he only spends his endorsement money and has saved all his football money. So, unlike most of his fellow NFL players, he will be able to one day retire in style.

  20. Rams

    Exactly. Can’t take anything for granted. It is just that as an Eagles this is religion for us. To win this is just beyond amazing. If they suck for the next 5 years, that wouldn’t take away from the exhilaration I have been feeling since Sunday night. All of Philly is pretty much that way. Unlike Chicago, Boston and NYC, we don’t win championships very often. The Eagles win was the ultimate win for us. Everyone is right about no guarantees in the future. I am just enjoying this now.

  21. The Eagles will now be getting the 32nd pick in the draft.
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    And your point? They’ll be getting the best LT in the league BACK. One of the best, young MLB in the league BACK, their starting MVP-level QB BACK (and they’ll be hungry to win one with Wentz). Plus, last year’s top CB pick, Sidney Jones, will be on the field – so he’s like having a new, top draft pick. And Roseman/Douglas find players in later rounds/FA that become key players (ala Corey Clement).

    Combine all this with the fact that they have just about everybody under contract for next season (and beyond) and the NFC East is in shambles, and it’s no surprise the Eagles are in great position to go deep into the playoffs again next year. Love that Pederson is putting that out there NOW – for his team and the rest of the league. Heck, they once went to 4 straight NFC Championship games with a roster that didn’t a third of the talent this one does.

  22. I respect the Eagles. The Broncos were decimated by them and I wasn’t terribly sad for too long because the Eagles are a respectable organization and their fans are class acts. Yes, on Twitter, they really are. They’re misjudged by haters. Good job Eagles, you’re a classy champion!

  23. The Eagles are the Champs and rightfully so, with that said pump the breaks here folks. He can certainly say as he wishes but to expect this every year is certainly not a given. This is a year to year league… let’s see how the Eagles react and perform as the hunted versus the hunter…time will tell ….peace out

  24. The Patriots have it easy is a load of BS. They pretty much dismantle anybody they face, if they were in your division and I don’t care which one they would be playoff bound every year. And once there, they will more than likely get to the Super bowl. There’s plenty of other teams outside of the AFCE that have tried and failed either regular or playoff games. As much as I hate them I think anybody that thinks they have a free pass is disrespectful to the GOAT coach and the GOAT QB. So what are you saying they are not the best because they play in the AFCE. I loved the Eagles beating them, frankly it made Monday morning more enjoyable, it will make the close season more enjoyable until the season starts again. As long as the Hoody and Brady are there they remain the benchmark. There has been plenty of chat both from coaches and players about what they are gonna do, but there is only one team that says nothing and just does it.

  25. Right, getting Jones for next year is like having a top 10 pick. Not sure about Peters. Going to be tough to come back from that injury at his age and the weight he needs to play at. Big V continues to get better though. Hopefully Wentz will be healthy. The reports are good so far.

    Yea, people forget that Clement was an undrafted free agent. Talk about a great backup for Ajayi now that Blount will probably not be back. People questioned Clement’s ability to catch the ball earlier in the season. Guess those questions were put to rest.

  26. Far from the norm when Carson Wentz is now “Damaged Goods” (ACL tear).
    Injury/good health aside, Carson Wentz will never win a Super Bowl. He doesn’t have the mental fortitude of a Nick Foles.

    Did you see Foles throughout The Big Game: he never once flinched — dude was scarily focused.

  27. Ken Davis says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    grogansheroes says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    They are certainly set up to be good. However, egos get in the way, guys want to get paid, players leave for other teams to make more money. You have to draft right, get rid of players a year too early rather than a year too late. Seahawks dynasty lasted one year, lets see if Philly can do better.

    Totally agree with how hard it is to repeat. Has anyone ever three-peated even when counting the pre-Super Bowl era. So many things can change.

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    The Packers did it… twice.

  28. patriots123456 says:

    February 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Dynasty (Just like the Seahawks) LOL

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    As a realistic fan, I can certainly see the possible validity of this statement. Several of the key starters of this team are aging vets. Several others were short term FA additions. Yet others still are in the boat of Brandon Graham…getting half decent money, but wanting more.

    The Eagles are short on picks. Theyre also short on cap space. Aside from Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks, our entire OL is 30+ (Peters, and not V).

    Not many players that can clear cap space. Wentz is now a full season away from what will, Im sure, be a blockbuster deal. Hard to field a competitive team when 10 of your 53 eat up 75% of the cap.

    That’s where the Patriots have been brilliant, yet lucky. You need guys to want to come to town for lowball deals just to win. The Eagles need to do it more than once to be that type of team.

  29. Peoples Republic of PFT says:

    February 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Has there ever been a player in the NFL that is going to have the pressure that Wentz will have until he brings home a ring?

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    Steve Young…

  30. nothingbuttthetruth says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    The Eagles will now be getting the 32nd pick in the draft.
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    And your point? They’ll be getting the best LT in the league BACK. One of the best, young MLB in the league BACK, their starting MVP-level QB BACK (and they’ll be hungry to win one with Wentz). Plus, last year’s top CB pick, Sidney Jones, will be on the field – so he’s like having a new, top draft pick. And Roseman/Douglas find players in later rounds/FA that become key players (ala Corey Clement).

    Combine all this with the fact that they have just about everybody under contract for next season (and beyond) and the NFC East is in shambles, and it’s no surprise the Eagles are in great position to go deep into the playoffs again next year. Love that Pederson is putting that out there NOW – for his team and the rest of the league. Heck, they once went to 4 straight NFC Championship games with a roster that didn’t a third of the talent this one does.

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    Cowboys win division, Zeke runs wild over eagles, eagles do make the playoffs though as wildcard.

  31. Ken Davis says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    Bull Charger
    That is a good assessment. It seems as though only the Steelers are good year in and year out in the AFC. Not counting the Pats who are obviously good every year as well. Still, never know when the tide will turn. Eventually other teams will take over. I think….

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    No Question. It happens eventually. GB, Miami, Pitt, SF, Dallas… Nothing lasts forever. I do think once teams establish themselves after a dynasty run that they are apt to winning a few Super Bowls here or there, but hard to ever get back to the same level of success.

  32. On paper, the Eagles should be the best team in the NFL next year. That’s one of the reasons I hoped they would win the Super Bowl, because the old “Super Bowl hangover” is probably the only thing that could derail them. It’s a real thing and will be tough to overcome.

  33. I have to be honest I don’t think I would have made that statement ,the iggles where the hunters this year , being the hunted can be a whole new ball of wax !

  34. You have to give BB credit (and Brady) for getting players off of the trash heap and turning them into something. Pretty much the model the Eagles adopted this year. Easier said than done, I know. The Eagles don’t have a 2nd or 3rd round pick this year (although they may if they trade Foles) but trading those picks was worth it. A 2nd rounder only winds up starting 50% of the time, while a 3rd rounder 33%. The Eagles have a couple more bench players who might turn into serviceble parts – Hollins and Smallwood. We will see.

  35. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    On paper, the Eagles should be the best team in the NFL next year. That’s one of the reasons I hoped they would win the Super Bowl, because the old “Super Bowl hangover” is probably the only thing that could derail them. It’s a real thing and will be tough to overcome

    I can live with it as long as it isn’t the Cowboys. I root for them to go 0-16 every year. I even root for them to lose when it would be better for the Eagles to have the Cowboys win.

  36. I’m a longtime eagles fan and glad the team finally won a superbowl I too thought it wouldn’t happen in my lifetime but I’m good now . As somebody who usually hates when football is done in February this year I feel different I feel like I can wait till draft day in April to address the hearings of next year because the philadelphia eagles are world champions thanks

  37. The new norm:

    “The Refs already give us the OK to line up in illegal formations, blast Chris Hogan 20 yards into his route, not possess the ball with 2 feet in bounds, let Chris Clement blatantly pick Harrison on the “high five” play, and let Jalen Mills climb on top of Julio Jones on the last play of the ATL game. Now I’m working on getting them to allow us to have 12 men on the field and play with 2 footballs. It should be glorious”.

  38. Can’t predict what will happen with any team, but I will say this: his Eagles outplayed the Patriots and he sure out-coached Belichick. The Eagles deserved the SB title. It’s scary to think of what may have happened with Wentz in there. Foles took the Patriots apart as it was.

  39. The only reason the Eagles were underdogs against the Falcons and Vikings was that Foles was their QB instead of Wentz. They would have been underdogs against the Patriots no matter who played QB. Nobody counted on Foles playing the best games any QB could have possibly played.

  40. ….but I still think, hope and pray that the Patriots make it back there again while Brady is still playing. I would like to see him go out on a high note, like George Costanza.

  41. Youknowimright says:

    February 7, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    If they called the Jalen mills pass interference in the end zone on Julio Jones at the end of the Atlanta game, Atlanta probably would have been in the SB. Man the Eagles owe the refs, stephon digs, and Malcolm butler cheesesteaks for life. what a lucky road they traveled to their first SB.

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    You can use “if” scenarios to support an opinion–any direction–in any football game. It’s irrelevant to reality. And everyone with half a brain knows that you don’t go 13-3 and win a Superbowl on “luck.”

  42. bradygirl12 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    ….but I still think, hope and pray that the Patriots make it back there again while Brady is still playing. I would like to see him go out on a high note, like George Costanza.

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    Well, if anyone can do it, it’s him. That said, Brady is more like a Rice/Jordan/Gretzky kind of guy. He will keep playing as long as he thinks he can win. Not sure he cares about his own legacy in that way.

  43. I’m not a Seahawks fan, I’m an Eagles fan. So I’m not proclaiming “Dynasty!!!!” after a single title. Dynasties stretch at least half a decade, and include multiple titles. After waiting my entire life for 1, I’m not going to act like a 2nd is a given.

    That being said, this team is in great position to be a contender for years to come. All of their elite players (Wentz/Lane Johnson/Cox/Graham/Jeffrey) are still pretty young, and are all signed for years to come. Only 2 starters aren’t already signed (and I think Bradham is back). They may not win multiple titles, in this league that isn’t guaranteed for anyone (even the Patriots), but they should be in position to compete for the title for years to come

  44. Maybe they can stop with the annoying underdog stuff now. Act like you’ve been there before, because now you have.

  45. First off, congratulations to the Eagles, that was a very impressive run. However, let’s not crown them the next dynasty just yet. The NFL is designed to produce teams that surge up one year and fade back to the pack the next. One way they do that is by allowing teams to carry unused cap space from one year to the next. Right now, based on the contracts on the books, the Eagles are over the cap for 2018. They will also be playing a schedule consisting of teams that finished first in their division, not fourth like in 2017.

    The Patriots are able to remain competitive year after year by finding value where they can and by never breaking the bank to win in one year in particular, that is why the Eagles had substantially more talented players on the field (apart from QB) than the Patriots did. It remains to be seen if Pederson and the Eagles will still be able to compete with less talent (apart from injured players returning) than they had in 2017 against a harder schedule. I certainly hope so, because as a Pats fan, I am itching for revenge.

  46. Very solid team this year but you were one play from losing the SB and no longer the underdogs. Let’s see how it plays out.

  47. These are lofty goals for sure but before we start to compare the Eagles to the Seahawks, we need to note the differences. The Seahawks created a culture where it was acceptable for the defensive players to call out the offense or the franchise qb. The players got comfortable calling out coaches. These fractures in the locker room were not sustainable . I’ve never seen such a tight-knot Eagles roster, let alone NFL team. It’s up to the coaches and management to makes sure it doesn’t change .

  48. After the refs gifted the Eagles two touchdowns, they are now talking dynasty. How’d that work out for Seattle?

  49. artweasel says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    They had a great post season run, but I’m still finding their underdog designation puzzling. Normally a team would have been favored over both Atlanta and the Vikings if they had a better record and were playing at home as Phili was. For some reason they were called underdogs. Strange.

    Not so strange, really. All season people said that the Eagles hadn’t played anyone with a winning record. When Carson went down it was “one and done”. Against all odds they kept fighting, and every team they faced was supposed to be better than they were, thus the dog masks. I couldn’t be prouder of this team, because they won as a team, and never gave up.

  50. Pederson has cleared one of the biggest hurdles in coaching already — his players believe in him and love playing for him.

  51. Pat’s have the easiest road, next year, every year. No QB’s to face in their division. An AFC that doesn’t have the competitiveness of the NFC. If NE was forced to play in the NFC they’d be beat up by the time the playoffs come around. They know it, and so does everyone. Just look who NE faced this year – Mariota, and Bortles, again a free pass to the SB. It’s truly pathetic that Bob Kraft feels cheated.

  52. elyasm says:
    February 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    They will also be playing a schedule consisting of teams that finished first in their division, not fourth like in 2017.

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    You do realize that the only difference between a 1st and 4th place schedule is 2 games?

  53. Love this team. Can’t wait to see the beatdown Wentz and Co are going to do to the NFL for the next 10-12 years
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    Wow. Seattle part deux

  54. If you have a dynasty, that means you’re drafting at the end of every round. You need to have great talent evaluators to keep the talent coming. The number one thing is evaluating QB’s, and the Eagles have certainly done well there. Howie Roseman brought in a scout named Joe Douglas, and he has done a great job so far. He looks like he knows what he’s doing. Roseman also stays under the radar, so it doesn’t appear that his ego is going to get in the way. I’m taking this franchise seriously. They have a strong core. Did I mention Howie Roseman isn’t even a “football guy”? Lol. Did I mention Carson Wentz is still a few years from his prime? If you want to know what a dynasty looks like in the early stages, it looks like the Eagles.

  55. Before you predict the future establish a little history first.Winning the superbowl or even going to the superbowl is a great feeling.Missing the playoffs the next year and returning to being mediocre negates that feeling.I do not think he was predicting another superbowl but I think he was talking more in the heat of the moment.

  56. luckyluc776 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    He wins 1 Superbowl,by 8 points and think it’s the new norm. BB has won 5 SB in 8 SB presences… no comment…
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    Pereson’s one Super Bowl win over the Patriots was by more points (8) than the Patriots have EVER won by in the big game. Just a fun fact for you since you seem to be so fixated on that number. Fly Eagles Fly! Super Bowl 52 champssssssss

  57. elyasm says:
    “It remains to be seen if Pederson and the Eagles will still be able to compete with less talent (apart from injured players returning) than they had in 2017 against a harder schedule.”

    Do you all realize this “harder schedule” you refer to consists of a TWO GAME difference! People need to stop using the 1st palce schedule thing! 2 games does not amount to much different than the other 3 teams in the div.

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