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Eagles coach Doug Pederson raises expectations as his second season in charge arrives

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Doug Pederson pointed to a room of familiar reporters, none as imposing as the pass rushers he prepared for during a decade as an NFL quarterback or as challenging as the head coaches on opposing sidelines last year.

Yet this room is what Pederson identified as the biggest difference entering his second season as Eagles head coach.

“Going into the second year, going into situations like this are not as intimidating as they were a year ago, quite honestly,” Pederson said. “It’s part of … being in this position.”

The comment might seem as an attempt at humor or flattery, although earlier in the spring, former Eagles coach Andy Reid offered a version of Pederson’s answer when recollecting the transition from the first to second season in Philadelphia.