Head coach Doug Pederson announced the unofficial slogan for the season: Everything Matters. Pederson then let his players leave minicamp early and enjoy the rest of their summer.
Pederson’s reasoning for the mantra is as simple as the saying. He had it printed up on t-shirts for his players to wear as a reminder of how important “all the little things” can be. Last year, the Eagles used the slogan “Embrace the Target” coming off their Super Bowl win.
“Everything we do in life matters; you have choices and consequences to those choices,” Pederson told reporters. “I feel like, as a football team, as coaches and players, even personnel support staff, everybody in the organization — everything we do matters. It matters to winning games or losing games on the football field. I just want to keep kind of reiterating that point to our team, and just getting them to understand that if we jump offsides in practice, we’re probably going to jump offsides in a game. If we don’t do the little things right in practice, we probably won’t do them in a game. Everything that we do matters.”
Pederson let the Eagles players leave minicamp Thursday after an absurdly short 24-minute practice, saying they had worked hard enough and should enjoy the rest of their summer with family and friends. The Eagles will begin training camp on July 25 at the NovaCare Complex and there won’t be any early practices for rookies or selected veterans.
Overall, Pederson was pleased with the way everyone handled spring practices. He singled out Dallas Goedert, Avonte Maddox, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Ronald Darby, Rodney McLeod and Carson Wentz as guys that impressed him. The coach also talked about the team handling the pressure of being favored in games, instead of playing up the underdog role.
“Yeah, I think so [handling the pressure],” Pederson told reporters. “The experiences we’ve had these last couple seasons, a veteran group of guys. That’s important to have, guys that have gone through it, veteran players that have gone through it that understand it. I think that’s so important. So I think whatever we face this season we’ll be up for it and ready for that challenge.”
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