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Doug Pederson says pressure is off Eagles after latest loss

Doug Pederson

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 explains why he wants to win for Doug Pederson

Michael Bennett Seahawks

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.

Eagles coach will not publicly name starting QB before Week 1

Carson Wentz

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.

Doug Pederson grows frustrated over repeated Carson Wentz questions

Doug Pederson

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.

Doug Pederson makes one-handed catch on beer at Eagles parade

Doug Pederson

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.

Doug Pederson studied Chip Kelly to bring out best in Nick Foles

Doug Pederson Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson became very popular among NFL fans this season for his gutsy, high-risk and high-reward playcalling style.

He also showed himself to be very thorough in his preparation, leaving no stone unturned in a bid to help his team be as successful as possible. That even meant going back and watching film of quarterback Nick Foles playing under his predecessor, Chip Kelly.

Stuff like this is why Pederson was so successful, and why at least one of his players was so aggrieved that he didn’t get more credit for it. The Pederson hire was initially questioned by many, but it’s safe to say Philadelphia got the right guy.

Zach Ertz blasts voters for not giving Doug Pederson Coach of the Year

Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz had some words for NFL voters after his Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The Eagles tight end blasted the voters for not naming Doug Pederson NFL Coach of the Year, calling it “embarrassing.”

If postseason play factored into the voting, Pederson certainly would have won Coach of the Year. But because it’s based on the regular season, Sean McVay was a very deserving winner for his turnaround of the Rams.

In the end, Pederson has something that McVay and most coaches do not have: a Super Bowl ring. Helping the Eagles to a 13-3 record and keeping them on track even after Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury was an incredible accomplishment. Taking Nick Foles and winning a Super Bowl with him was phenomenal, and he deserves all the accolades for his ballsy calls.

Five reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl

Doug Pederson Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles bucked the odds and came back late against the New England Patriots for their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. It was the ultimate underdog story, with second-string quarterback Nick Foles pulling off the incredible feat of stepping in just before the playoffs in place of the injured Carson Wentz to lead the team to the promised land.

Here are five big reasons why the Eagles pulled off the upset victory.

1) Nick Foles was astonishingly good

Nick Foles didn’t throw for more passing yards than Tom Brady, but he may have actually made the best throws of the evening by either quarterback. He was throwing perfect passes, leading his receivers, and threading the needle into coverage. For pretty much the entire game, Foles looked the part of an elite quarterback. Maybe he isn’t one, and maybe he’ll go back to being a veteran game manager next season, but on Sunday night, it didn’t matter. He was outstanding — and he even caught a touchdown, too.

2) Doug Pederson called a near-perfect game

It took guts to go for it near the goal line at the end of the first half. It took even bigger guts to call for a play that involved tight end Trey Burton throwing to Foles in the end zone, something they may have gotten from Foles’ high school team. And going for it on 4th and 1 inside their own territory with about five minutes left down a point was far from a no-brainer, either. Eagles coach Doug Pederson made all the gutsy decisions, and they pretty much all paid off for him.

3) The running game kept New England honest

Foles’ passing exploits were helped significantly by the fact that the Eagles’ run game delivered. The double threat of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi combined for 147 yards on 23 carries for one touchdown, doing a whole lot of good work against the Patriots’ defense. The fact that the Patriots had to respect the Philadelphia running game — plus Corey Clement, who was a huge receiving threat out of the backfield — gave Foles room to work. Their running backs were a huge factor.

4) The defense let Philadelphia build up a margin — and came through when it mattered

The Eagles’ defense struggled mightily through the second half, but their first stop of the entire half couldn’t have come at a better time. Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham’s strip sack of Tom Brady with just over two minutes to go took a potential go-ahead drive away from the Patriots. It enabled the Eagles to get the ball back, kick a field goal, and set up a situation on the last drive that not even Brady could bail New England out of. They performed well in the first half as well. They may have had their periods where they didn’t play well, but they played just well enough.

5) The offensive line made everything happen

The Eagles’ line deserves a ton of praise. They held off the Patriots defense incredibly well — so well, in fact, that Foles wasn’t sacked once. The running game moved the ball with ease, and the fact that the Patriots managed only four tackles for loss indicates that the Eagles moved the ball with pretty much everything they did. Their offensive line deserves a world of credit for that; they did everything Foles could have reasonably asked of them there.

Doug Pederson says he is sticking with Nick Foles, ‘end of story’

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles fans have to be concerned with the way Nick Foles played in the final two weeks of the regular season, but they are not going to see another quarterback under center in the playoffs barring an injury.

During his press conference on Tuesday, Eagles coach Doug Pederson made some comments that many interpreted to mean he would bench Foles in favor of second-year quarterback Nate Sudfeld if things start to go south.

As it turns out, Pederson must not have done a good job of conveying his thoughts on his team’s QB situation. He later said in a text message to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that he is sticking with Foles “end of story.”

If the Eagles got to the point in a postseason game where they need to start thinking about benching Foles, it would probably already be too late. There’s no question Philly is a weaker team without Carson Wentz, but Sudfeld isn’t the answer. Pederson’s defense needs to make enough plays to take pressure off of Foles. If that doesn’t happen, it’s unlikely that Foles will be winning games by himself.

Doug Pederson gives Raiders bettors a Christmas gift

Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson gave a large segment of sports bettors quite a Christmas gift on Monday night.

Pederson’s Philadelphia Eagles struggled for most of the night at home against the Oakland Raiders and appeared to have no shot at covering the 10-point spread in their game. They got a field goal to take a 13-10 lead in the final minute. And just when you thought that would be the final score, the Eagles gave hope to bettors who backed them to cover the spread.

With 3 seconds left, the Raiders ran a final play to try and win the game. They tried to use some laterals but Derek Barnett picked up a fumble and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to make it 19-10.

But the story doesn’t end there! By rule, even though time had expired, the Eagles had to attempt an extra point. Had they elected to kick, they likely would have won 20-10 and pushed on the spread. Instead, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson kneeled on the extra point, keeping the final score at 19-10.

Since the point spread was 10, those who had the Raiders and the points still came out winners, which was the outcome that should have happened all along. At least this will not be another entry to our long list of bad beats.