Ea­gles’ Ped­er­son to bat­tle men­tor Reid in to­day’s game against Chiefs.

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - BY ROB MAADDI

PHILADEL­PHIA — Andy Reid gave Doug Ped­er­son his first start­ing job in the NFL and later his first coach­ing gig.

Ped­er­son hopes to re­pay Reid with a loss.

The stu­dent meets the teacher to­day when Ped­er­son leads the Philadel­phia Ea­gles (1-0) against Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

“It will be fun to see him over there, Big Red on the other side,” Ped­er­son said. “I know he wants to kick my tail and I want to kick his.”

Ped­er­son spent 13 sea­sons play­ing for Reid and coach­ing un­der him. The re­la­tion­ship be­gan when Ped­er­son was a backup quar­ter­back be­hind Brett Favre in Green Bay and Reid was an as­sis­tant coach.

When Reid took over as head coach in Philadel­phia in 1999, he brought Ped­er­son over as the start­ing quar­ter­back to groom rookie Dono­van McNabb.

Ten years later, Reid hired Ped­er­son to be an as­sis­tant coach. Af­ter the Ea­gles fired Reid fol­low­ing the 2012 sea­son, he went to Kansas City and took Ped­er­son with him to be the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

The two men know each other in­side and out.

“If you want to be suc­cess­ful in this busi­ness, you have to spend time,” Ped­er­son said. “You have to spend time watch­ing tape. You have to spend time with your play­ers. There’s no short­cut around that. And that’s what he does, and those are the things that he in­stilled in me watch­ing him was if you want things done right, then you have to spend the time and put in that ex­tra time to be that dis­ci­plined.”

Reid, who is typ­i­cally stoic, down­played per­sonal feel­ings.

“I have a lot of re­spect for him and I think he’s do­ing a nice job there,” Reid said. “I know he’ll have his team ready. He’s got a good foot­ball team, he’s got good coaches, so they’ll come in and be ready to go. Once you start the game, though, you’re play­ing the game and it re­ally doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mat­ter who’s over there.”

Ped­er­son said Reid taught him “con­sis­tency, be­ing hon­est, be­ing open, and be­ing fair with the play­ers.”

Reid has fared well against his for­mer pupils, go­ing 8-3 in those games.

“I don’t want to put any added stress or pres­sure on my­self to go per­form,” Ped­er­son said. “I can’t get caught up on who’s on the other side­line. I just have to fo­cus on my job and get­ting our team ready to play.”

Rookie sen­sa­tion

Chiefs run­ning back Ka­reem Hunt had 246 yards from scrimmage against New Eng­land, set­ting a record for play­ers mak­ing their NFL de­but. The Ea­gles shut down the run in their win over Washington in Week 1, but face a big­ger chal­lenge this week.

Bring­ing the heat

Ea­gles de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jim Schwartz mixed up his cov­er­ages and called more blitzes than usual last week. The re­sult was a fierce pass rush that helped limit Kirk Cousins and the Red­skins to 10 of­fen­sive points.

De­fen­sive end Bran­don Graham, who also lined up at tackle in cer­tain looks, had two sacks and forced a fum­ble that was re­turned for a game-clinch­ing touch­down.

“We’re just go­ing to keep bring­ing it,” Graham said. “We have a lot of guys here who are hun­gry and who want to shake things up. Our job is to cre­ate havoc. Jim tells us that all the time. He wants us to at­tack so that’s what we do.”

Tyreek’s streak

Chiefs wide re­ceiver Tyreek Hill has scored 60-plus yard touch­downs in five con­sec­u­tive games. He presents a big prob­lem for a de­fense miss­ing start­ing cor­ner­back Ron­ald Darby. “If you pay too much at­ten­tion to any one guy, that other guy can make you pay,” Schwartz said about Hunt and Hill.

Slot suc­cess

Ea­gles re­ceiver Nel­son Agholor didn’t live up to ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter be­ing se­lected in the first round in the 2015 draft. But the de­par­ture of Jor­dan Matthews via trade gave Agholor an op­por­tu­nity to start in the slot. He re­sponded with a ca­reer-best six catches for 86 yards, in­clud­ing a 58-yard TD in Week 1.

Four of those re­cep­tions ex­tended the drive on third down.

“Nel­son is fast, ex­plo­sive, good off the line vs. press, good route-run­ner, good feet, good sep­a­ra­tion at the top of routes,” of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Frank Reich said.

Spe­cial teams

Rookie Jake El­liott is Philadel­phia’s new kicker. He re­placed Caleb Stur­gis, who was in­jured. El­liott was a fifth-round pick by the Ben­gals and was on their prac­tice squad.


Kansas City Chiefs run­ning back Ka­reem Hunt had 246 yards from scrimmage against the Pa­tri­ots in Week 1, set­ting a record for play­ers mak­ing their de­but.

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