Some teams are good at playing on the road but few are as comfortable as they are at home, for all of the obvious reasons. Then there are places like Seattle, with its noise-enhancing architecture, and fans who take pride in being loud, and weather that can be capricious — oh, and a team defense built upon the notion that the correct procedure is to maim first and ask questions later.
It’s a brutal challenge that the Eagles face on Sunday. Zach Berman lays it all out, including these calming words from the coach, Doug Pederson:
"I think when you are on the road, you try to press just a little bit," Pederson said. "You try to get that quick, early lead, try to take the crowd out of the game. You maybe do some things that are uncharacteristic of what you do at home, and we just can't do that. We've got to stick to the game plan. We've got to approach it much like a home game and trust the players, trust the plan.”
Trust the process, then.
Our civic anthem.
Bob Ford, too, chronicles the noise in Seattle, which is loud enough to jiggle seismographs in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday afternoons. No, really.
Jeff McLane updates us on the ever-evolving saga that is Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ in-again, out-again, in-again general manager. One of the realities about Roseman in his current incarnation is a much lower public profile — speaking to the media this week was a rarity.
Les Bowen writes about the reason that Roseman came out to talk — the contract extensions for several players, including long snapper Jon Dorenbos, and how this demonstrates the high value with which the Eagles hold their special teams.
Paul Domowitch explains why Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz like rookie cornerback Jalen Mills so much — it’s because he doesn’t have a rookie’s demeanor.