The Is The Must Read Doug Pederson Piece After The Super Bowl

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Peter King dropped an incredible MMQB today— he spent Saturday morning at the NovaCare Complex with Doug Pederson, Frank Reich (respect), and wide receivers coach Mike Groh going over the Eagles’ game-winning touchdown pass to Zach Ertz.

There is so much good stuff in here, I’m not even sure what to excerpt. But here’s a taste:

Foles wears a wristband with the Eagles’ play sheet for the day on it. In the Super Bowl, the wristband had 194 plays in tiny agate type. Pederson scanned all his possible third-down calls and found one he’d liked for weeks … number 145, a triple-bunch formation clustered to the right, a speedy back in Star motion, and tight end Zach Ertz alone at the left of the formation.

Foles looked at the wristband and found play 145. With the play clock running, Foles said to his huddle: “Gun trey left, open buster star motion … 383 X follow Y slant.”

They broke the huddle.

Everyone is talking about Philly Special (rightfully so), and while on the surface there is nothing remarkable about the touchdown throw to Ertz, King takes us inside to learn about the genesis of the play, which the Eagles ran for the first time in this configuration with just over two minutes to go in the Super Bowl.

Few things:

  1. Pederson’s philosophy to have three variations of plays to run out of different formations is brilliant.
  2. This really makes you appreciate, and miss, Frank Reich.
  3. Wide receivers coach Mike Groh sounds like he’s going to get a long, hard look at the open offensive coordinator position.

This piece is a must-read. You can do it here.


8 Responses

  1. I sincerely enjoyed reading this article. However, for me personally, it kind of highlights why I’ll always like baseball better. Football, as portrayed here, is pretty much an intense chess match between coaches. Foles was basically a computer, programmed to perform certain actions in certain situations. Football is exciting and fun to watch, but the excitement is preprogrammed before a game. Baseball is simpler, and there’s more beauty in that simplicity. Because humans play it. Not robots.

    1. Anyways, my fellow commenters can feel free to ignore this and continue with their lame-ass sex jokes about radio personalities.

    2. I completely disagree, though I see what you’re getting at. There’s a reason why a franchise QB is such a rare commodity. Having someone intelligent enough to run such complicated offenses while at the same time having the talent to make accurate throws is not easy to find. They also aren’t pre-programmed robots. There are plenty of instances where audibles are called if the QB sees something he doesn’t like and the play call get’s thrown out.

  2. So would a hit & run, a bunt or bringing the infield be pre-programmed? I think you are overlooking the execution factor. “Hey, throw this guy curveballs, he has trouble with them.” Leave one belt high, it’s crushed. Same with football, the X’s and O’s are important, but so are the Larry & Joe’s

    1. Good points, and the article even makes the same points. But still, there’s a huge difference between “everybody move in!” and “here’s 195 plays to put on your wristband.” My main point is that there’s beauty in the simplicity of baseball. The battle between pitcher and batter can get as complex as you want it to be, but at the end of the day, there’s one guy throwing, and one guy trying to hit.

      I don’t mean to shit on football, because I truly enjoyed reading about the nuts and bolts of the process in this article. But there’s just something about it that turns me off. Too many moving parts.

  3. This is why I come to your site Kyle…..awesome ….Keep giving me these gold nuggets. No I don’t have time to find all this stuff on my own. CB rules.

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