Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has a Super Bowl ring, won as a backup quarterback with the Green Bay Packers after the 1996 season. But Pederson would take the talent on his current squad over either of the Packers teams that went to the Super Bowl in the 1990s.
“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 (Eagles) team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?” Pederson said, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus.
Perhaps the Eagles have more talent in the sense that every NFL roster is better today than in the 1990s merely due to improved coaching and training practices, as well as the overall evolution of the sport, but it’s hard to imagine the Eagles being a better overall team than Packers squads of its era that boasted NFL MVP Brett Favre on offense and Reggie White on defense.
Pederson also referenced the Eagles’ infamous “Dream Team” season in 2011 as an example of how talent doesn’t necessarily lead to wins.
“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.”
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