Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson believes the Eagles have more talent than some notable Super Bowl teams, but acknowledges that it takes much more than that to win in the NFL.
In an interview with reporters before the summer break, Pederson complimented the talent on the Eagles roster, but cautioned that it takes much more than raw ability to win championships. That's a fact he knows from experience, both as a coach and as a player.
We also had a lot of talent in  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.
During Pederson's playing career he was the backup quarterback in Green Bay from 1996 to '98 and again from 2001 to '04. He had a frank assessment of those teams and how they compare with this year's Eagles:
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 team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?
Pederson was an assistant coach with the Eagles in 2011 when a free agent frenzy added a lot of talent but no results as the team fizzled to a 8-8 record. As current head coach, he's not putting the cart before the horse this year:
You acquire all this new talent through the draft, through free agency, always having roster moves. And so being able to bring all of that together through training camp ... you keep asking yourself that question of just how well can they join together and play together, and you don't know until you start playing in July and August.
So what is the head coach expecting this season? Well one thing is for sure, he coaches to win:
If we win eight, go 8-8, is that a successful year? No. ... I don't coach to be average, I'll tell you that. These players don't practice the way they do to be average. We're all in this together, and we'll just continue to work every single day till we get to that goal.
I think we're there. It's just bringing all that together ... that's the thing.
Source: Tim McManus - ESPN · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS