Doug Pederson offered a truly unbelievable quote after his Philadelphia Eagles lost 37-31 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Pederson actually tried to tell everyone that the Dolphins are a “good football team,” despite the fact that most football fans have eyes that will tell them otherwise.
The Dolphins entered the game 2-9 and had the worst point differential in the league. They were, by many metrics, the worst team in the NFL. They were built with the designed intent to lose. And Pederson is really trying to tell us they’re “good”?
Come on, Doug. You guys got embarrassed and even fooled in the game.
Just admit it: this is a lost season for you guys and you should be much better than you are. Philly has now dropped three in a row and is 5-7.
Did Doug Pederson’s “guarantee” during the week leading up to Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles clash motivate the Cowboys? The final score might point to yes, but the Cowboys seem to suggest otherwise.
On the Monday six days ahead of the Sunday night clash, Pederson said his Eagles were going to go to Dallas and win. That didn’t come close to happening as the Cowboys smashed the Eagles 37-10.
After the game, Ezekiel Elliott was asked whether Peterson’s comment provided motivation. He said they “don’t give a f— what Doug Pederson says.”
Cowboys fans have to love that comment. It shows such disdain for the Eagles and so little thought of them and indicates the Cowboys are only worried about themselves. Truthfully, that’s how it should be.
Dallas entered the game on a three-game losing streak. But this game showed that when the team’s offensive players are all healthy, they are among the best squads in the league.
At least one member of the Philadelphia Eagles is frustrated with the way things have been going for the team offensively this season, but head coach Doug Pederson is a bit puzzled by the specific complaint that surfaced this week.
In an appearance on “NFL Live” Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s Josina Anderson said an anonymous Eagles player vented his frustrations to her about the team’s offense, noting that it needs to be simplified and Carson Wentz has to know when to hit his checkdowns.
“One of the things that they said is: ‘We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes you just need to handle what is manageable.’ They said: ‘Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down,'” Anderson revealed, according to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation.
Pederson was asked about that quote on Friday, and he told reporters it is the first time he has ever heard of a player complaining that the ball needs to be checked down more. He also said his offense is not all that complicated.
As Anderson noted during the ESPN broadcast, Wentz has completed just 38 percent of his passes when throwing the ball 15 yards or further downfield. He also has three interceptions on those throws, which is tied for third most in the NFL. In contrast, Wentz has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on passes that travel 10 yards or fewer downfield.
The Eagles are 3-3 and have been inconsistent through the early part of the season, but they rank ninth in the NFL with 26.8 points per game. While they’re just 20th with 349.3 total yards per game, the results haven’t exactly been awful.
Of course, Wentz is no stranger to criticism from unnamed sources within the Eagles organization. Pederson is probably more annoyed that stories like that keep coming out than he is with the actual complaint.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s comments on Monday looked like bulletin board material for the Dallas Cowboys, but Jason Garrett doesn’t seem like he’s rushing to post them there.
Pederson all but guaranteed that the Eagles would win in Dallas in Week 7, projecting confidence ahead of a matchup with the reeling Cowboys. Garrett wouldn’t go into much detail regarding what he’d say to his team when asked about Pederson’s comments, but he didn’t seem urgent to notify them of what Pederson said.
Cowboys players will hear about those remarks whether or not Garrett points them out, so it’s not really necessary. If they want to derive motivation from it, so be it. Garrett, who seems to be under increasing pressure despite what the front office says, is more focused on getting the 3-3 Cowboys right in football terms.
Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are in a free fall, each sitting at 3-3 atop a suddenly struggling NFC East that is now separated by just two games.
With media and fan pressure beginning to crack down, Sunday’s Week 7 matchup could be do-or-die for both the Eagles and Cowboys. And at least in Dallas, a head coaching job is potentially on the line.
Hoping to stop the bleeding before it gets worse, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson looked to motivate his team on Monday by going out on a limb and all but guaranteeing a road victory over the Cowboys.
“We’re going down to Dallas, and our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East,” Pederson told 94.1 WIP on Monday. “We control our own destiny. We’re right where we need to be.”
There’s a fine line between optimism and ego, and Pederson’s bold comments are just as capable of coming back to bite him in the you-know-what as they are capable of motivating his team. At the very least, they should help to motivate the Cowboys, who will undoubtedly plaster these comments all over their building this week.
Understanding that, Pederson softened his tone a bit toward the end of his Monday interview, but didn’t entirely walk back his comments.
“I never said ‘guarantee a win,'” Pederson said. “I’d never do that.
“[But I don’t regret my comments] because it shows confidence in our football team. I promise you [Cowboys coach] Jason Garrett is going to say the same thing with his team, that they are going to win the football game as well. I’m not going to stand up here and go on record and say, ‘We’re going to go there and try and win a game. Man, hopefully we can go win this one.’ It just doesn’t show confidence. And I want to show confidence in our players. We got a ton of confidence in them.”
Okay then. Pederson says the Eagles will go into Dallas, will win and will be in first place in the NFC East, but he’s not guaranteeing it. Got it.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson offered up an eyebrow-raising quote after his team’s latest loss.
The Eagles blew a 17-0 fourth quarter lead on Sunday to lose at home to the Carolina Panthers, dropping the Super Bowl champions to a disappointing 3-4 on the season. Pederson responded to that defeat by claiming that the pressure was off his team now, and they could go out and have fun.
This is a rather bizarre angle to take. Plenty of people expected a lot from the Eagles, and hearing their coach say the pressure is off despite a losing record is unlikely to satisfy demanding Philadelphia fans. Instead of contending for another championship, the Eagles are, at least for the moment, being trolled online by the teams that beat them.
Michael Bennett shared some high praise for head coach Doug Pederson.
Bennett is in his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles after spending the previous nine years of his career with Seattle and Tampa Bay. Bennett has connected with his new head coach and says he wants to win for the coach because of the way Pederson treats him with respect.
Bennett is the same guy who admitted he read books during team meetings in Seattle, so to have him this engaged says a lot about the coach. It also could help explain why Pederson had so much success last season when he led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship ever.
The Philadelphia Eagles have less than a week to figure out who their starting quarterback will be when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in the first game of the 2018 NFL season, but they are planning to keep the decision under wraps until just before kickoff.
While speaking with reporters on Sunday, Eagles coach Doug Pederson once again reiterated that he is not going to name a starting QB publicly. However, he did confirm that Carson Wentz still has not been cleared for contact.
A report from over the weekend claimed the Eagles are planning to start Nick Foles, and that is almost certainly going to be the case. Wentz could, in theory, be cleared for contact at some point during the week, but it seems unlikely that he will play.
While Wentz has not suffered any setbacks and is said to be doing fantastic with his rehab, the Eagles are not going to rush things with the future of their franchise. From the way it sounds, Thursday night’s game will not be the only one Wentz misses.
The lingering question over the Philadelphia Eagles is whether or not Carson Wentz will be under center for the team when they open the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons.
The question has become so prominent, in fact, that coach Doug Pederson has grown rather tired of answering it.
After repeated questions about Wentz at Sunday’s press conference, Pederson admonished the media for their continued persistence.
“I don’t know how many times I can answer this question,” Pederson said, via Tim McManus of ESPN. “When they clear him, he’ll be cleared. I’m not going to put myself in a box, I’m not going to put my quarterback in a box. I’m not going to do that. And I’m not going to go on a limb and I’m not going to say that. So either ask it a different way or otherwise you’re going to get the same answer.”
The only real update on Wentz is that he hasn’t been cleared for physical contact and it’s going to be a close call. That won’t be enough to stop the questions, though.
While NBA fans were busy losing their minds during a wild trade deadline, fans in Philly were losing their minds at the Eagles’ championship parade.
The Eagles defeated the Patriots for their first Super Bowl in franchise history, which had Philly fans going nuts and pulling off crazy stunts. Thursday was the team’s parade, and the antics continued. Even head coach Doug Pederson got in on the fun.
The Eagles coach made a one-handed grab of a beer at the parade:
As if Philly fans didn’t already love him for bringing them their first Super Bowl, now he goes out and one-hands a beer. The only thing that would have been better is if he had pulled off a Madison Bumgarner.