Doug Pederson clarifies remarks about his say in personnel

Dave Zangaro
·3 min read

Pederson clarifies remarks about his say in personnel originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Doug Pederson says he wants to be a part of Eagles’ personnel decisions but doesn’t want to “cross that line” from coaching into evaluation.

Pederson on Wednesday was asked to clarify his comments from earlier in the week about his role in personnel decisions.

As a reminder, here’s what Pederson said on Monday:

“I want to be a part of the solution. I want to be a part of the evaluation process. I want to be a voice that's heard, and I want to have that collaborative communication with Howie (Roseman) and his staff and be a part of that process.”

So during his Wednesday press conference, Pederson was asked to clarify those remarks. Because when you say you want your voice to be heard, it perhaps sounds like you’re saying it isn’t being heard now, at least not to the level you desire.

Does Pederson want more say in these personnel matters?

“All I’m saying is it’s a collaborative effort,” Pederson said. “It’s something that we talk about and discuss. By no means do I want to … I don’t want to cross that line. My side is the football side. I want to coach football, that’s what I love to do. But at the same time, I want to make sure that my staff is doing the right things, right? We’re evaluating the players that can help us. That’s all I’m saying there. I don’t want to cross that line at all.”

Sure, it has always been a collaborative effort at some level. Really, every team has a collaborative effort when it comes to drafting players or bringing in free agents. It would be highly unusual for a general manager to simply bring in some players and tell the coaches, “Good luck!”

Of course coaching staffs give input. The real question is how much that input is listened to and how much say they really have over those final decisions. That’s where all this gets murky. And that’s where it becomes more difficult to assign blame for poor draft picks. Is it on the GM who made the final call? Or is it on the coaches who got the players they wanted and then failed to develop them?

Ultimately, for the Eagles, Roseman is the guy in charge of the personnel department so if anyone should be held accountable for personnel failure, it should be him.

But it’s also fair to wonder how much Pederson’s voice is heard and if he’s happy with the level to which it’s heard. Based on his clarification on Wednesday, he’s fine with the way it’s working now. But many head coaches over time develop a hunger for an increased role.

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