The Eagles' intent wasn't to use this week in the Los Angeles area as a cure for two bad weeks of practice. The team had planned months ago to stay on the West Coast for their game against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday after playing in Seattle this past Sunday night. It just made more sense than flying back to Philadelphia, practicing for a few days while getting re-acclimated to the time change, then flying back to the West Coast. But the week away from home is now seen as a chance to refocus the team after head coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles haven't been practicing well the past few weeks. He said that contributed to their 24-10 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. "We try to keep the week as normal as possible for the guys and for the coaches," Pederson said. "[But] obviously you've got to keep them dialed in because the week is different ... Things aren't quite as simple, let's say, as if we're back in Philadelphia. And then the part of the game, we're facing a playoff-caliber football team this Sunday. "I've got to bring everybody kind of full circle back to that and focus on that during the week." In that sense, this week serves as a glorified training camp, where the players and coaches are together for the entire time in the team hotel. The only real sightseeing they'll do is the 20-minute ride from their hotel to the practice field at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, home of the major league baseball team, beginning Wednesday. As for Tuesday, that was mostly spent in meetings and for players to get treatment for their injuries, with perhaps a little bit of free time. Pederson said he noticed issues in practice the previous week against the Bears, too. The difference the Bears are a bad team, and the Eagles still crushed them 31-3 despite losing three fumbles. The Seahawks, at 8-4, took advantage of the Eagles' mistakes _ a fumble by quarterback Carson Wentz, costly penalties, missed assignments. The Rams (9-3), behind second-year quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley, have the ability to take advantage, too. "I feel strongly about you win games during the week, and sometimes things come up, and as a coach, you're always maybe a little more nervous than you should be by the way we practice," Pederson said. "I just think that probably, [before the last few weeks], you didn't see the penalties. You didn't see the turnovers. You didn't see some of the negative things that have been going on.
Eagles' Pederson worried about poor practices, hopes week in L.A. will help
Courier-Post | Dec 5