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Doug Pederson's Next Challenge: Navigate Super Bowl Distractions

Posted Jan 22, 2018

Another stellar coaching exhibition from Doug Pederson lands the Eagles one win away from claiming the franchise’s first Super Bowl title. The 31-point blowout marked the team’s largest margin of victory this season and set the franchise’s postseason record as well.

The date with the AFC champion Patriots is set for February 4 in Minnesota but the question Pederson now faces involves how the team will handle the next two weeks.

With the onslaught of team-related activities and media obligations awaiting both players and coaches, Pederson harkened back to Philadelphia’s two-game West Coast trip against the Seahawks and Rams during the early part of December as a blueprint for the adjustment.

“We talked back then that this (West Coast trip) was sort of a precursor for hopefully this opportunity and kind of going through it a little bit with the team hotel, the meetings, the travel to a practice site, the media obligations, and things like that. Now having been through it makes it a little bit easier going up to Minneapolis,” Pederson said. “It’s just on a grander, bigger stage obviously so the attention will be a lot more. There will be a lot more distractions, a lot more pulling on coaches on players, personnel. Having gone through it in L.A. really has kind of given us a leg up now going up there in a week.”

Pederson affirmed during Monday’s press conference that he would try to keep the upcoming practice schedule as routine as possible before the team flies out for Minnesota on Sunday.

“I just have to communicate. Keep things on a rigid tight schedule and make sure the guys are focused on the job at hand," he said. "They even said it after the game last night in the locker room that there’s a lot of unfinished business still to do. There’s one game left in this season and we’ve come this far and we want to make sure that we stay focused. Got a great locker room as you guys know and I trust my leaders of that team to get the job done.”

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