Surly Doug Pederson and the Endgame

PHOTO CREDIT: ERIC HARTLINE-USA TODAY SPORTS

Much has been made of the Eagles’ strategy employed during yesterday’s fourth quarter meltdown in which they were outscored 21-0 by the Panthers on their way to a maddening, embarrassing, and entirely avoidable defeat. Second-guessing is to be expected, particularly after a game in which the Eagles only ran the football once over the final 16-plus minutes, and Jim Schwartz again went ultra-conservative as Cam Newton, who threw for all of 24 first half yards, obliterated the Eagles’ defense to the tune of 201 yards and two touchdown passes in the final quarter.

Doug Pederson, though, wasn’t in the mood for questions at his day-after press conference. After keeping things even keel while expressing confidence in his team and pointing out that they’re only a couple of plays away from a better record, he turned irritable when asked about offensive and defensive play-calling.

The exchange:

Reporter: “Why is it crazy to ask if you should run the ball more or if the defense should blitz more?”

Pederson: “Now you’re getting into game plan stuff and you’re getting into scheme. And you guys aren’t in there watching the tape like we are for 18 hours a day and putting game plans together. It’s easy to sit in the press box and say, ‘They should run the ball.” Come down and stand on the sideline with me and make decisions. You know, I should run it here, I should pass it here, let’s throw a screen here, let’s get the quarterback out of the pocket right here. Oh, no, there’s 15 seconds left on the clock. Until you’re down there with me on the sideline making in-game decisions, I guess you can ask all you want.”

Saucy.

It also led to this perfect Periscope moment:

A true disciple of The Cuz, for sure.

I listened to the exchange live, and, truthfully, I’m a bit conflicted here. Part of me thinks it’s pretty lame that Pederson pulled the “I’m the coach, you don’t know shit” card. Some of the people down there asking strategical-based questions know their football stuff, at least in general terms, and such questions certainly seem fair after what was the Eagles’ eighth-largest blown lead in franchise history and their largest blown lead in over seven years, but…part of me also LOVES surly Doug Pederson.  And, I mean, he’s right. It’s easy to scream about running the ball and blitzing, as if simply doing these things would have secured a win, but the reality is that we aren’t privy to the information revealed by hours of scouting and film study.

I guess what I’m trying to figure out is Pederson’s endgame here. Is his short-temper the byproduct of a secure and self-assured coach that is trying to send a message of confidence to his embattled team? Is it that he’s rattled and easily agitated because he knows what was supposed to be a promising season is quickly coming apart at the seams? Or, is he just tired of answering what he perceives to be shallow questions from a group of media members swimming outside of their depth? Kevin went in on this a little bit earlier today.

A thread:

The more you know.

Whatever the case may be, he has six days of preparation and one more game to make the message click and get his team back on track. If he can’t, his words, however they’re meant to be intended, will only be further scrutinized. And he will have to learn to deal with it.

You can check out Pederson’s full press conference here:

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10 Comments

  • ron burgundy October 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Great story. Compelling, and rich.

    • Sixers 2018-2019-2020 3 more yrs without a title. October 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      just like you pappy.
      To bad he didn’t shoot his wad out the window

      • mr. burgundy October 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        No I shot it in your mom’s face.

  • Croyden Cowboy October 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Doigie Fresh is right.
    Hindsite is 20/20
    Leave Dougie Fresh alone.
    This is what happens when you DB’s line up 10 yards from the ball.

  • An Inquiring Mind October 22, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    You can’t pin yesterday on just one thing. Yesterday’s meltdown can be attributed to a variety of things. However, when you’re up 17-0 in the 4th quarter, you run the ball! Instead, 12 of our 14 playcalls in the 4th quarter were pass. That right there is your leading contributor to what took place yesterday.

    • doug pederson stunod meter October 22, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      That’s because you don’t know what a RPO is, and you can’t question my playcalling until you’ve come on the field with me and coached.

    • Steve Mason Elite Unemployed NHL Goalie October 22, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      If they run the ball then the Golden Ginger doesn’t get his passing yardage and completions up and the Eagles under Pederson and Roseman are about one thing above all other: Making Wentz seem like he is the franchise’s all time best QB.

      • super jive October 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm

        He is.

        • Steve Mason Elite Unemployed NHL Goalie October 23, 2018 at 8:20 am

          White Daunte Culpepper is nowhere near the best QB in franchise history.

          He was replaced seamlessly by Nick Foles.

  • More logical than Doug Pederson October 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Ok Doug – let me come down to the sidleline and give me a headset and a clipboard. I’ll tell you what to do. Let’s do it!

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