The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII just two years after hiring Doug Pederson to be their head coach. Not surprisingly, they have rewarded him by picking up his contract option for a fifth year, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, which keeps him in Philly through the 2020 season.
Pederson, of course, is a former backup quarterback who became one of the NFL’s hottest young coaches as a member of Andy Reid’s staff, both with the Eagles and then with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Two of the Colts’ first three picks in last week’s draft — Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson (first round) and Auburn’s Braden Smith (second) — were guards. They will be inserted on the left and right side of the line, respectively, between left tackle Anthony Castanzo, center Ryan Kelly and the winner of the Denzelle Good/Joe Haeg battle at right tackle.
You know what? Let’s zoom in on that thing and try and count all the diamonds on it. Jason Witten’s retirement gift is pretty sparkly.
It’s no surprise that Jones got Witten an expensive retirement gift, and that’s because the tight end has been a star in the organization for the past 15 years.
The age-old question of best player available vs. team need is always in play. I was adamant that, in the first two rounds, we would pick our highest rated player regardless of position (unless it was a quarterback and we were set there). Coaches are notorious for wanting to fill needs for immediate help. The team president and GM are more likely to look long-term.
We would take one of the five players on our ready list, and the next highest rated player would be inserted into the fifth spot. In the later rounds, we would often select a player further down our top five list if we felt it was a position we needed to fill. If two players were rated equal, we went with the position of need.
The draft in which we had the most discussion during the hour before we were on the clock was in 1998 with the Vikings. Wide receiver Randy Moss, with his obvious top five-level talent but questionable character after several off-field incidents, was the player we were considering.