The infatuation with Carson Wentz (above) isn’t merely a product of his play, either. In this city, where the fictional movie character Rocky is synonymous with an athlete’s improbable climb to success, there are few better pairings than a quarterback who played his college football at North Dakota State and a coach, Doug Pederson, who coached high-school football for four years after a career as a backup quarterback in the NFL.
In contrast with former coach Chip Kelly, an aloof taskmaster who had promised to transform the team with a groundbreaking offense and revolutionary embrace of science but was ultimately fired after less than three seasons, Pederson has given Eagles fans a reason to feel re-connected to the team.
“Philly wants blue collar,” said Lou Vogel, a technology sales manager from Haddon Heights, New Jersey who drives a green school bus plastered with Eagles logos to every game. “(Kelly) wasn’t blue collar. Pederson is.”