Doug Pederson: Eagles More Talented Than Packers’ Super Bowl Teams

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Doug Pederson

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson was a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1996-98 and 2001-04.

During his first stint, Pederson collected a Super Bowl ring for being Brett Favre’s caddie, as the Packers’ No. 3 quarterback. Those Packers’ defenses featured Reggie White and LeRoy Butler, among others. They had a lot of talent.

But Pederson thinks his 2017 Eagles’ team has more talent.

“You’re capable. … I look back at my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs and those Super Bowl runs there, and do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?” Pederson said.

While we highly doubt that, the Eagles have made efforts to upgrade the talent around quarterback Carson Wentz. They’ve brought in receivers Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and running back LeGarrette Blount.

Pederson also compared his team’s situation to 2011. You may recall that as the year Vince Young declared the Eagles “The Dream Team” after all of their splashy offseason pickups. They finished 8-8.

“But we also had a lot of talent in [2011] here and where did that get us? So there’s got to be a combination of blending all this talent with the coaching staff, with my ideas and philosophy, to bring that all together, put the egos aside, put pride aside, and just go focus on winning this game that we have in front of us. I’m a big believer [that] if you do that, then you look back at the end of the season and you’re probably going to be where you want to be, and that’s playing in the postseason.”

What do we make of all of this? Not much.

Pederson is trying to build up his team, while also giving a nod to chemistry. There’s no way these guys are better than the 1996 Packers.

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5 Comments on "Doug Pederson: Eagles More Talented Than Packers’ Super Bowl Teams"

  1. Kato

    Lolz. He is just trying to instill confidence into a young team. Everyone knows that this team doesn’t have the talent the 96 packers had. They had the #1 ranked offense and defense lol.

  2. GBORNBRED

    Couldn’t help but chuckle at the 2nd to last paragraph in this post…”What do we make of all of this? Not much,” says Joe Bonham. Then why, for the love of Vince, did you decide to post about this topic in the first place?

    Besides, it’s not as though Pederson seemed all that outlandish or boisterous with his choice of words in comparing his current team to the Packers of the 90’s. “Do we have as much talent on this team than we did then?” Pederson is quoted as saying. “We probably have more talent, right?”

    This dialogue from Pederson does not exactly remind one of that famous moment in history when Broadway Joe guaranteed a victory for his Jets in the Super Bowl. Pederson sounds more like a child seeking any sort of validation he can find. Seriously, though…Any armchair psychologist with a pulse and half a brain can tell you that he was only trying to instill confidence in a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008. You can’t always take everything people tell the media so literally, much less post about such comments on a website with any sort of credibility.

  3. Jake

    Didn’t Favre say the 4-12 2005 team was the most talented team he’d been on? As far as size/speed goes, pederson might be right. Probably not if you factor in cohesiveness, though.

  4. Savage57

    It’s kind of a dumb statement for a coach to make. When you wind in third place in the Division, it’ll have to come back to coaching, because player talent.

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