BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Eagles’ first on-field workout of Super Bowl week included practicing for the Patriots’ schemes as well as Justin Timberlake’s songs.
Midway through their Wednesday session coach Doug Pederson shut the event down for 30 minutes to simulate the extended duration of Sunday’s halftime. The players left the field, filed into the locker room, then returned a half-hour later to continue their preparations.
“I think it’s important that the guys get it in their minds how much time that is,” Pederson said via the pool report. “We’re normally working on a 13-, 14-minute halftime and now it’s twice as long and guys’ bodies cool down. So I want to make sure they understand that we have to go in, we’ve got to stay focused, but at the same time we can refuel and kind of recharge. Coaches can coach and then get our guys warmed back up to come back out. So on Sunday they know exactly what they can do.”
Pederson said he would only rehearse halftime the one time this week. With only seven players on the roster who have Super Bowl experience, the Eagles need to get used to an environment that the Patriots play in routinely.
“I thought [the second half] was a little sloppy, which is good, because this is something that I can address in our meetings,” Pederson said. “Again, it’s another teachable moment so we’re not doing it on Sunday.”