Inky columnist Mike Seilski writes:
The Eagles made the right decision after months of making things so much harder on themselves than they had to. They had acquired several players with spotty pasts while at the same time turning the locker room over to Doug Pederson, a head coach who, as a former player himself, has been inclined to let his men be men and hope they were mature enough to keep their noses clean.
Yet Nelson Agholor had been accused and cleared of sexual assault, and Lane Johnson had been suspended 10 games for using a league-banned substance, and Nigel Bradham had been arrested twice – once on an assault charge, once on a gun possession charge.
Those incidents are disparate in their natures and consequences, and the Eagles would surely be quick to argue that Pederson has everything under control.
But when covering or following an NFL team, it’s smart to apply the Iceberg Rule to off-the-field matters: Only one-eighth of what’s really happening is visible: