Looking for “emotional intelligence” in a coach paid off for the Eagles

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After the Eagles fired Chip Kelly before the end of his third season as the team’s head coach, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said that “emotional intelligence” was a trait he was looking for in the next man to fill the job.

It’s not the kind of thing that normally comes up during a discussion of what a football team is looking for in a head coach, but it came up again on Sunday night when Lurie spoke to the media after his team advanced to Super Bowl LII. He acknowledged that people laughed about that phrase, but said he felt even more certain that looking for the “real genuineness” that comes with that emotional intelligence paid off.

“There’s a lot of great coaches,” Lurie said. “They all have their different styles, but the one common ground amongst them all is absolute consistency and genuineness. And Doug Pederson is just himself. And at times, that’s very humble, and at times, it’s just very real. At times, that’s very bright. At times, it’s tough. But he does it in a true genuine way and I think players really respond to that in today’s world.”

Eagles players certainly responded to Pederson this season as they kept winning despite losing the likes of Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles and Jordan Hicks to season-ending injuries. Pederson was asked about that connection to players during a press conference on Monday.

“I think that having the connection, having been in the locker room, having an understanding of the dynamic of what a team needs, what a team should feel, how we should practice, how we should play, when to take the pads off, when to put the pads back on, I think all of that is part of that emotional intelligence that we all — and I try to strive for and to have with the guys. I think that relationship has gone a long way this season,” Pederson said.

It’s gone almost all the way and the Eagles will have a chance to finish the trip on February 4 in Minneapolis.

16 responses to “Looking for “emotional intelligence” in a coach paid off for the Eagles

  1. Pederson is a great coach. The Eagles had an injury epidemic this year and they’re still going strong. Most impressive injury run since GB in 2010. The Vikings had one injury of note and stumbled on a great backup QB in comparison.

  2. EQ is an important, yet underrated quality in any leadership position. After all, it really boils down to people – how you motivate, interact with, and communicate with people. If you’re a brilliant coach but emotionally eccentric or unstable, chances are you’ll be unsuccessful getting everyone to see or believe in your vision (see Rex Ryan, Pete Carroll, Mike Zimmer). Pederson is definitely solid – from his backup QB days dealing with jokester Favre to now, he knows how to keep his emotions in check and get maximum value from his players. He should have quite a successful coaching career.

  3. Let’s not kid ourselves here Philly. He was about the third or fourth choice for the head coaching gig, and everyone from fans to radio hosts ripped this guy as a buffoon until about three-fourths of the way through his second year. Now you love him and he is the greatest coach ever. Come on. The emotional intelligence line and the I’m going to keep loving on him line have been a punch lines in Philly since they were said. Hey you might as well be frontrunners with your coach, as well as your teams. And that frontrunner thing is from Jimmy Rollins…not me.

  4. We will see how he responds in two weeks when the greatest coach in sports history is coaching circles around him. The patriots have never been more unified and focused then they are right now. One more game and their focus is only on the eagles.

    #6ringsdeep #needtwohands

  5. Eagles and Patriots have both done an exceptional job with personnel overcoming injuries. Pederson is getting the most out of a limited Foles as theoretically possible. Pats have lost their best WR, OL, LB, and DL this season. Heck they lost their all world TE vs. the best pass defense in the NFL, and still lit up the Jags. The Eagles destroyed the vaunted Vikings D by punishing their over-aggressive style over and over, and the Vikes never adjusted.

    Two best coached teams are in the Super Bowl, in a team sport where coaching matters more than any other.

  6. Many of the same guys who were looking like malcontents under Chip Kelly are now team leaders. Jason Peters didn’t want to play hurt for Chip. Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson were vocal about the practice regimen. Lots of people were calling those guys out for their attitudes. It’s to Doug’s credit — and to Carson’s credit, too — that those guys started toeing the line. Without their veteran leadership, this team doesn’t reach the level we saw last night.

  7. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    I expect he’ll have the Eagles ready and its not going to be an easy win for the Pats.
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    Has there even been an easy win for the Pats in the Super Bowl? I know people love to hate them, but it’s not like they’ve had cake walks in the big games. They were all very close, wins and losses.

    The Eagles seemed to have been the easiest win for them in Feb 2005, but even that came down to the wire.

  8. Dougie P., with a back up QB has as many playoff wins this year, as both Skins and Cowboys have in the last 20 years. He may not have been the first choice, but he is here and is really good!!!!!!!!

  9. Chip Kelly joins Mike Martz as another coach who put much more emphasis and importance in his system than the people in the system. To be fair this is a problem found in different industries. Everyone is always looking for that magic pill or magic system that will deliver phenomenal results while severely under valuing the people in the system. There has to be a balance.

  10. Look, the fact is that no one really knows how a new head coach is going to work out. We all have some preconceived notions but like a lot of things in life – we think one thing is going to happen and then something else happens instead.

  11. therealtrenches says:
    January 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Many of the same guys who were looking like malcontents under Chip Kelly are now team leaders. Jason Peters didn’t want to play hurt for Chip. Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson were vocal about the practice regimen. Lots of people were calling those guys out for their attitudes. It’s to Doug’s credit — and to Carson’s credit, too — that those guys started toeing the line. Without their veteran leadership, this team doesn’t reach the level we saw last night.

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    The bottom line is when DP got CW to “buy in”, that’s a wrap. Carson knows what a winning culture is, no matter what level it’s at. He immediately realized what was trying to be built here and he was called after to be the centerpiece of it all.

    And, honestly, he still is.

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