Two of the men responsible for helping deliver the Philadelphia Eagles their first Super Bowl championship will be paired together for the foreseeable future.
On Sunday, the organization announced it has signed coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman to contract extensions that both run through the 2022 season.
"Doug and Howie are committed to the success of our franchise by ensuring that we remain competitive, both in the short and long term," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "That unified vision for the future of our team is what gives us the best chance to win moving forward."
Pederson was hired in 2016 without much fanfare, but followed up a 7-9 rookie campaign by guiding the Eagles to a 13-3 regular season record, which tied a franchise mark, and then on a Super Bowl run. His aggressiveness as a play-caller paid big dividends, including in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots when he dialed up the "Philly Special" on fourth-and-goal at the end of the first half. The Eagles went for it 26 times on fourth down in the regular season, second only to the Green Bay Packers, converting 65 percent of their tries.
Roseman was named 2017 Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America as well as 2017 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year. He orchestrated two trades in the 2016 NFL draft to grab quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, and helped build a supporting cast around Wentz that is one of the best in the NFL
"They're both aggressive. They're both risk-takers," Lurie said. "It's part of our culture. We never want to lose that."
Lurie described the way Pederson and Roseman work together as "seamless" and "egoless," and believes there's "no chance" of a power struggle between the two moving forward, as they both recognize the importance of allowing the other to do their job.
The discussions on contract extensions for the duo were "very short and very, very positive," Lurie said.
"There wasn't any goal of doing it before the season," he said, "it was just very easy to get done."