Sports Radio 94 WIP pays $8 million for the Philadelphia Eagles’ radio rights, which is why Doug Pederson appears exclusively on the morning show each Monday following a game.
Today he talked about a plethora of topics from the Miami loss, elaborating on the following in no particular order:
Why did he call Miami a “good football team?” He doesn’t honestly believe that, does he?
“Look, on paper it says one thing. On the film it says another. I know they’re struggling as a football team, 2-9 going into yesterday’s game. I guess the thing I have over, say the fans or you for that matter, is the fact that I get to watch all of their games on tape and see the improvement. This is a well-coached football team. I give them a lot of respect. This is the National Football League and they played harder than we did. That’s why I said I’m disappointed, because of that, that they wanted this a little more than we did. They made the plays and we didn’t. That’s what it boiled down to. We had 10 accepted penalties in this game. We were an undisciplined football team and that cost us in multiple situations that are quite frankly, unacceptable.”
What was with the trick play? You didn’t look prepared.
“Looking at it again this morning, and this is something we knew going into this game, quite honestly, this was probably the most that a team had been willing to try trick plays, whether it was punt team, extra points, the onside kicks, things of that nature. You put the tape on this morning and we had it wired, we had it gloved. We just had, it was Josh Sweat on their kicker that, we just failed to execute. We tried to make a play on their other kicker to try to get him on the ground. It’s just a matter of understanding the situation and doing your job in that situation.”
Concerned that you got burned on trick plays three weeks in a row?
“I think it’s something we have to be aware of. I have addressed the team about that. Obviously I think a team would look up and say that maybe (we’re) susceptible to that and it’s just our awareness of that, knowing the situation, knowing that’s on the line, what’s at risk, what’s at stake. Just have to heighten our awareness.”
Miami was awful against the run, why did you throw it 46 times?
“I think if you look at the last, I think the threw the ball the last 10 times in the game, kind of in a hurry up because we needed to get ourselves in a position down two scores. If you take those out you’re at 36 attempts and all of that. We were moving the ball. It wasn’t for a lack of not moving the ball; we had success in the run game, we had success in the pass game, again we just fail to execute in certain situations that we’ve got to do better in.”
I’d actually like to take a moment to slightly dispute that. Yeah, it’s true that the skew looks worse because they had to throw the ball late in the fourth quarter, but if you combine the two drives that resulted in a missed field goal and a punt, when the Eagles were up 28-20 and 28-26, they actually only ran the ball three times out of 13 plays. Miles Sanders had 16 yards on those three carries but they decided to go pass heavy anyway, missing Alshon Jeffery deep twice and seeing a screen get blown up for a four-yard loss.
Message to the fans who traveled to Miami to watch that stinkfest?
“We have to do better and we will do better. Again it’s my responsibility. If they’re mad, be mad at me. It was exciting yesterday and it was a great crowd, we were pumped to come out of that tunnel and hear the roars for the Eagles and chants for the Eagles. Obviously they deserved better. We got a great opportunity this week, back at home on Monday Night Football against the Giants, we got four division games coming up and none bigger than this week.”
Here’s the full audio for your listening pleasure: