Doug Pederson: Complacency can set in, but I haven’t seen it

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Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo resurfaced last week for the first time since being fired late in the 2017 season and revealed that he believes the Eagles are “gonna have a hard time handling success” after winning the Super Bowl.

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills called the feelings of an unemployed coach “irrelevant,” but every championship team has to deal with questions about whether they will have the same urgency that they did when they were chasing the title. Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s response to McAdoo acknowledged that concern as well as his different read on the situation.

“I think there’s a point there,” Pederson said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I mean, quite honestly, complacency can set in. You can skip an OTA, you can maybe skip a workout or whatever. But what I saw from our players was not that. Our players showed up for OTAs, they spent time getting themselves ready. … It is my job to make sure they don’t get complacent and we stay hungry and there is an edge. And we’re going to get everybody’s best each week and that’s what we want. I think anybody that plays on Sunday wants to play the best. So now we’ve got the targets on our backs and we’re going to embrace that and get ready this training camp and we are going to try to defend. But at the same time, we’re going to take it one week at a time and build the season just like we did last year.”

The history of the NFC East does a good job of illustrating how things change from year to year in the NFL. No team has repeated as division champ since the Eagles won four straight from 2001 to 2004. Keeping that streak going will be among the goals of McAdoo’s former employers once the season gets underway.

62 responses to “Doug Pederson: Complacency can set in, but I haven’t seen it

  1. That’s ok Doug.Maybe your team isn’t complacent, but the bottomline with the Eagles is the old adage:

    “The hunter has become the hunted”. You’ll need more than dog masks this season to go deep into the playoffs.

  2. @funship, so you’re saying they might need an Pro Bowl LT in Peters, MVP candidate in Wentz, jack of all trade Sproles, Pro Bowl MLB in Hicks, upgrade at WR in Wallace over Torrey Smith, best Special Teamer in Maragos to help repeat? But yeah, all they will have is dog masks. Smh.

  3. Why does a unemployed has been McAdoo insert his mouth into anything concerning the Eagles? This is a guy the Eagles beat on a regular basis so what he thinks doesn’t mean much.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    0 1 Rate This
    ——————————still but hurt??? Tommy boy is at the end and belacheet got out smarted by a second year coach. The cesspool city of new England doesn’t know how to handle this. The dumpster fire has begun for the team of robots and doesn’t have any fun. FLYeaglesFLY

  5. tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    ————————————-

    Crying for five months. How are you not dehydrated?

  6. @ud1hens

    Never make a remark about any of the talent on the Eagles. Do your research, there’s a reason why it’s at least 14 years back to the 2003/2004 Pats that there has been a back to back winner in the superbowl. Statistics don’t lie.

    ud1hens says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    @funship, so you’re saying they might need an Pro Bowl LT in Peters, MVP candidate in Wentz, jack of all trade Sproles, Pro Bowl MLB in Hicks, upgrade at WR in Wallace over Torrey Smith, best Special Teamer in Maragos to help repeat? But yeah, all they will have is dog masks. Smh.

  7. From my experience of winning a Super Bowl the next season just seems like every hit hurts your body more than the year before !

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    ————————————-
    Not to mention a QB who tried to act like a WR/ And fumbled the ball when he had a chance to win the game. But that was the referee’s fault!
    Good that his fans have not forgot how to whine.

  9. God this team can talk. They really came out of the woodwork with this SB win. Where was all the comments BEFORE the season or Superbowl? Probably the most unlikable team in recent memory…

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay
    —–

    Another crybaby pats fan. 3 steps and a dive should ensure possession for ertz. And also,why don’t all you broke pats fans save up some money and invest in an HD tv. When you look at the view of Clements td from the camera behind him where you can see the play clock in the back of the endzone, you can clearly see the black rubber pellets kick up from the turf as clement drags his left foot. The same left foot that collinsworth says clement didn’t get down. Again look at the camera angle from behind clement and watch the black pellets kicking up. You most likely can’t see it from your fuzzy antenna ears tv. Get a real tv and watch it again.

  11. jam11163 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    0 1 Rate This
    ——————————still but hurt??? Tommy boy is at the end and belacheet got out smarted by a second year coach. The cesspool city of new England doesn’t know how to handle this. The dumpster fire has begun for the team of robots and doesn’t have any fun. FLYeaglesFLY

    Please point out where the city of New England is on a map. I can’t find it.
    The perpetual 9-7 or 10-6 Eagles will be on the outside looking in this year. Typical obnoxious Philly fan….

  12. It takes luck along with great play to get a Lombardi in today’s game. I can see the Eagles missing the playoffs entirely. It changes quick. Like Seattle soundly beating Wentz and co by 2 TDs then going down to Jacksonville and having Bobby Wagner get dinged up, only to come back home and get throttled by the Rams. It takes a lot of energy to have just that little something extra to win coinflip type games. Good luck finding that hunger next couple of seasons.

  13. jam11163 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    0 1 Rate This
    ——————————still but hurt??? Tommy boy is at the end and belacheet got out smarted by a second year coach. The cesspool city of new England doesn’t know how to handle this. The dumpster fire has begun for the team of robots and doesn’t have any fun. FLYeaglesFLY

    —-

    “City of New England”?

    Oh boy….

  14. I can’t see the iggles getting any luckier than last year ,so for that reason Iam out on the repeat thing !

  15. I think the Eagles will be even more driven to win SB LIII given that Wentz, Peters, Sproles and Hicks did not play in it. They will want to play in and win a super bowl of their own. They have the desire and talent to get it done. Fly Eagles Fly.

  16. Im not sure the Eagles repeat as Superbowl Champs this year. What I am sure of is them winning the NFC East again and being in the NFC Championship game. If it’s in Philly, they go back to the big show.
    This team is still loaded with talent and is still one of the favorites to win it all again. The NFC is stacked with 5/6 teams that can win and the AFC has 2/3 teams capable of winning it. Coaching, injuries, talent and alot of good bounces are needed. I like our chances.

  17. I think the Eagles will in Superbowl contention for the next few years(until they have to pay Wentz).

    I also think it is very difficult to repeat.

    Last NFC team to win a SB back to back? Dallas Cowboys 1992/93

    This year there could be a lot of good teams — GB, ATL, NO, RAMS, CAR.

    Some sleepers: Bears, 49ers and Redskins.

  18. the only thing better than breaking these cheating pats in half in the superbowl are all these salty tears!!! Quenching my off-season thirst for sure…

    NO ONE LIKES US
    WE DONT CARE

    #GODKILLERS

  19. Hope Doug and the rest of the Non-complacent Eagles keep this going, they’ll need to as they are SuperBowl also rans in the NFC east alone!

    Dallas Cowboys 5
    New York Giants 4
    Washington Redskins 3
    Philadelphia Eagles 1

  20. “…city of new England…”. This comment pretty much sums up the intelligence of the average mouth breathing Eagles fan. Congrats on finally not choking in the big game and winning your first Super Bowl. Seeing that the other teams in your division have won 3, 4 and 5 titles, you’re still far and away the red headed stepchild of the NFC East.

  21. Doesn’t matter one way or another. You are going to get embarrassed and run out of the Linc on October 7th. No playoffs this year…the most unremarkable SB winner ever. Yes, everyone hates you, and you do care!

  22. dogman226 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    jam11163 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    0 1 Rate This
    ——————————still but hurt??? Tommy boy is at the end and belacheet got out smarted by a second year coach. The cesspool city of new England doesn’t know how to handle this. The dumpster fire has begun for the team of robots and doesn’t have any fun. FLYeaglesFLY

    Please point out where the city of New England is on a map. I can’t find it.
    The perpetual 9-7 or 10-6 Eagles will be on the outside looking in this year. Typical obnoxious Philly fan….

    13 29 Rate This
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    I stand corrected. New England is not a city. There not good enough to qualify. It says they are a Redneck town in Massachusetts. All of the mail boxes have the same last name and all the males can play a banjo.

  23. jam11163
    Jul 15, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT
    dogman226 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    jam11163 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    a lot of things broke right for philly last year

    including 2 free tds in a super bowl that were proven not to be tds via instant replay

    0 1 Rate This
    ——————————still but hurt??? Tommy boy is at the end and belacheet got out smarted by a second year coach. The cesspool city of new England doesn’t know how to handle this. The dumpster fire has begun for the team of robots and doesn’t have any fun. FLYeaglesFLY

    Please point out where the city of New England is on a map. I can’t find it.
    The perpetual 9-7 or 10-6 Eagles will be on the outside looking in this year. Typical obnoxious Philly fan….

    13 29 Rate This
    ———————-
    I stand corrected. New England is not a city. There not good enough to qualify. It says they are a Redneck town in Massachusetts. All of the mail boxes have the same last name and all the males can play a banjo.

    You had all the time in the world to come up with a great comeback and that’s what you ended up using?! And you’re still talking about New England as a city. What says “they’re” a redneck town in Massachusetts? That really is one of the worst comebacks I’ve ever heard and the worst part is that you literally had hours to come up with something and you threw out that gem. That’s hilarious. And just to help you out, the Patriots play in Foxboro. And no, that’s not the capital of New England which I’m sure is exactly what you were thinking. New England is a region of the country made up of 6 states. It doesn’t have a capital

  24. Forever indebted to the Eagles for wiping the smug look off of Patsie’s bandwagon nation and relegating them to whining little stooges.

  25. officialgame
    Jul 15, 2018, 5:29 PM EDT
    The tuck rule Pat fans have a lot of gall to talk about another teams luck. You lost, end of story.

    We know we lost. Aside from Tylawspick6 and a few other dumb Pats fans, the majority of us have no problem with losing to the Eagles. They were the better team that day and deserved to win. It’s Eagles fans that won’t shut their mouth. And just so you know, the Tuck Rule being enforced was not “lucky”. The officials correctly called the play not a fumble because according to the NFL rules at that time it was not a fumble. I’ve always said it was a good call on a bad rule. People forget but the Patriots themselves got screwed by this same call earlier that year against the Jets. The difference is Patriot fans aren’t sitting here 17 years later still crying about it. As a matter of fact it’s because Patriot fans didn’t bitch about the call against the Jets is exactly why you never heard of the Tuck Rule before that playoff game. It still amazes me to this day that people actually blame the Patriots for the Tuck Rule. The Pats aren’t responsible for the rule being in place nor did they have anything to do with it being called that night but when people like to rag on the Patriots they mention the Tuck Rule as if the Patriots did something wrong. That’s like blaming the Packers for Dez’s catch being ruled incomplete. Do you realize how stupid that sounds

  26. But seriously why is Ben McAdoo given any cradibility? Might as well ask Rich Kotite what he thinks….. or my Redskins guy, Jim Zorn…

  27. P h i l l i e s ,,,,,,,Phillieeeeeeeeeeesssssssss ! Will be the only chant at the ghetto Nova Care Complex this yea lol

  28. Sign of things to come for Philly Football ,,the Philadelphia Soul is getting the brakes beat off them in their playoff game !

  29. Hey elmer what’s the banquet circuit? As usual you jump from hating them to applauding them. And there’s a reason why the media are jockin the Birds. It’s because they’re the reigning Superbowl Champions. Now, all teams that are in serious contention are going to have constant stories written about them. Something about victors writhing history books. And I want one as long for the Eagles as long as the GS Warriors and the Pats.

  30. dude,, you follow our arena league team? What is wrong with you? I’m a massive Eagles fan and even I don’t do that.

  31. I remember going back and forth with a sports radio talk show host after the Packers won their last Super Bowl and he said that complacency isn’t a thing with professional athletes.

    Ahhh, Bill Johnson, what a doofus.

  32. The Truth says:
    July 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm
    Forever indebted to the Eagles for wiping the smug look off of Patsie’s bandwagon nation and relegating them to whining little stooges.
    ————————-/-

    We’re not done yet

  33. I think Philly’s biggest issue is actually Carson Wentz. Jalen Ramsey is correct – Wentz is a top 10 QB, not top 3. Go back and look at his stats. In half of his games last year he had about a 55% completion percentage. He was not even in the top 20 last year in that cateogry. That is not elite by any means.

  34. Eagles fan here – I just don’t see the team tanking this year. If there were to be an issue, I expect the coaching staff to correct the situation early. This is just a different team, coaching staff, and fan-base. Complacency kills. I expect the Eagles to compete well against an ever-improving NFL.

  35. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    July 15, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    Another one year dynasty

    ——-

    Your Jets were a one-game dynasty…..and that was in January 1969

  36. Here are my teams
    NY FOOTBALL GIANTS
    PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
    PHILADELPHIA 76ers

  37. So many Pats fans feeling hurt. Lick your wounds not because you will regret dealing Jimmy Garoppolo. I probably would have traded away Brady for players and picks. Look at Steve Young after Montana

  38. Beware of the SB Hangover. It is real and exists. I believe only 4 teams have accomplished back to back. Packers, Cowboys, Broncos, and Patriots. You are now the hunted!

  39. thejesusofcool says:
    July 16, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Beware of the SB Hangover. It is real and exists. I believe only 4 teams have accomplished back to back. Packers, Cowboys, Broncos, and Patriots. You are now the hunted!
    ++++++++++++++++
    Forgot the Dolphins (Super Bowl VII and VIII) Steelers (Super Bowl IX and X and also XIII and XIV) and the 49ers (SUper Bowl XXIII and XXIV)

  40. I probably would have traded away Brady for players and picks. Look at Steve Young after Montana
    =====

    Not the example you’re looking for.

    Montana – 4
    Young – 1

    Young was 1-4 in NFCC Games against the Cowboys and Packers in NFCC Games.

    The only year he won, the 9ers sold out in free agency, namely on Deion, who won DPOY.

  41. thesmartest1 says:
    July 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Wentz has a monster amount of pressure to repeat and I think he has it in him.
    ——————————

    wentz can’t repeat since he hasn’t even won one SB….

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