While Eagles coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19, he still remains heavily involved in the team’s activities.
“I think one of the things I’ve learned this offseason is, I can still run the team virtually,” Pederson said, via WIP. “I am very comfortable and confident that the protocols we have in place at NovaCare are for the best interest of the team and for those who enter the building.”
Pederson is away from the franchise as he recovers from COVID-19. Assistant head coach Duce Staley is handling the day-to-day in-person activities until the coach returns. There’s no timetable for when that may be.
The Eagles are coming off a division championship, though they are behind the Cowboys to claim the NFC East this year, according to Oddsmakers (+140 on Fan Duel, while Dallas is -105).
The Eagles’ continuity may give the team an advantage over other clubs. The Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants are all ushering in new head coaching staffs, though any advantage Philadelphia has may be negated by Pederson’s absence.
“My confidence has not changed at all,” Pederson said. “It’s full steam ahead for me. Obviously, I’m itching to get back into the building at some point and be around our players.”