Every week during the regular season we get an opportunity to talk with the opposing head coach via conference call. This week it was Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. I also scanned the Philadelphia media websites and the Eagles website to see what else Eagles players and coaches are saying about this week’s matchup with the Lions.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. The Eagles are banged up heading into Sunday’s matchup with Detroit. So banged up, in fact, they canceled Wednesday’s practice in favor of a walkthrough.
Tight end Dallas Goedert (calf), wide receivers DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffery (calf), and running back Corey Clement (shoulder) are all day to day, according to Pederson. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan’s foot injury is the only one Pederson told the Eagles media Wednesday morning that would be more of a long-term thing. It's something to monitor as the week goes on.
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2. Eagles defensive coordinator and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week he didn’t recognize much of his former team.
“Matthew Stafford, the long snapper, the punter, and then I think Darius Slay, might be the only guys that were there (when I was there),” Schwartz said. “It shows you how much turnover there is in this league, because it really doesn’t seem like that long ago – maybe it has been.”
Schwartz compared Stafford and the Lions’ offense to Philadelphia’s opponent last week -- Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Schwartz said the week of preparations will be similar to last week.
3. Eagles rookie wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was pressed into action last week after Jackson and Jeffery left the game in the first quarter with injuries. He went from playing five snaps Week 1 to 75 snaps in Atlanta last week. He was targeted four times and had one catch.
Arcega-Whiteside might be asked to play another big role vs. Detroit if Jackson and Jeffery aren’t available.
“I’m ready,” he told the Eagles’ website. “That’s what I’ve dreamed about. That’s why I’m here, to help this team win.”
4. Pederson and Brett Favre were the quarterbacks in Green Bay when Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was their quarterbacks coach. Bevell was younger than both Pederson and Favre at the time.
“Our coach was younger than we were, so we would give him a lot of crap for that,” Pederson said. “Brett used to kind of step over him just a little bit and have some fun with Darrell when we were in Green Bay.”
Pederson said he thinks the world of Bevell, and hopes he gets a head coaching opportunity at some point.
5. Pederson is hoping Schwartz’ knowledge of Stafford from their time together in Detroit can be used to the Eagles’ advantage. Pederson said Schwartz knows how Stafford thinks and how he operates.
“I’m sure he’ll have something for him,” Pederson said. “He understands him.”