The day after he and members of his team should have celebrated their Super Bowl victory once again with a visit to the White House, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson had moved on.
Addressing reporters for the first time since President Trump revoked the invitation for the team to come to Washington because few Eagles players planned to attend, Pederson said his focus remains squarely on helping his club prepare for the upcoming season.
This is going to be a blanket statement, and then I’m not going to discuss it further, Pederson said to open his nine-minute pre-practice press conference Wednesday. I was looking forward to going down. We did something last season that was very special. It was a milestone for our city of Philadelphia, our organization, and I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions. It is what it is.
We’re united. We’re a team. Been that way since I’ve been here, said the third-year coach. We’re focused on today, great practice, today and tomorrow, three days next week and our goal is 2018.
Nobody’s talking about it. It’s over, behind us and we’re moving on.
Ryan Gates, a radio producer for WGR 550 in Buffalo, promised in March he would leave the station if the team drafted Allen with Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen still available.
The tweet came four days after the Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback on the roster. A day after Gates’ tweet, Buffalo signed AJ McCarron, the team’s likely starter for Week 1.
The Bills drafting a quarterback wasn’t at all surprising, but Gates was extremely confident the team couldn’t possibly like Allen more than other quarterback prospects. Too confident.
With Rosen still available, Buffalo traded up to No. 7 overall where they took Allen. Mayfield was the No. 1 pick and Rosen went a few picks after Allen at No. 10 overall to the Cardinals.
On Monday, he tweeted that he’s following through with the promise and joining the corporate world.