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Doug Pederson delivers damning admission morning after embarrassing loss

Doug Pederson delivers damning admission morning after embarrassing loss

Just after the Eagles lost on Sunday night, Doug Pederson called the Miami Dolphins a “good” football team.

The Dolphins, of course, are not a good football team.

They came into Sunday’s game ranked at or near the bottom of every major statistical category, including point differential, where they were minus-183. That team erased a 14-point second-half deficit to beat an Eagles team that came into 2019 with Super Bowl aspirations.

On Monday morning, Pederson was on the WIP Morning Show and said what we all kind of suspected.

“They played harder than we did,” Pederson said. “That’s why I say I’m disappointed, because of that. They wanted this one a little bit more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t. That’s what it boiled down to.”

That’s a pretty damning admission from a head coach.  

And guess what?

This is on Pederson.

On one sideline yesterday was a team that had just two wins, a franchise that was actively trying to lose. On the other was a team with a chance to snap a losing streak and move into a tie for first place in its division.

Which team do you think should have wanted it more?

Angelo Cataldi quickly followed up with Pederson after he admitted the Dolphins played harder.

“I just think you look at certain plays,” Pederson tried to explain. “I don’t think overall that was the case. You just look at certain plays. DeVante Parker elevating and making a play, their tight end making a play. We had people in position and yet they made the play and we didn’t. I told the team this after the game, our effort in the football game, we played hard, we played tough. It’s none of that. It’s the fact that they made the plays and we didn’t.”

Pederson was also pressed about his assessment of the Dolphins, calling them a “good” team. He said their tape showed a different story than their 2-9 record.

Maybe that’s true. Maybe the Dolphins were a little better than the stats indicated.

But the Eagles were supposed to be the better team! By a long shot!

“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry,” Pederson said to open the interview. “And I’m probably more so mad at myself. I feel like the things that I mentioned after the game, the things I even mentioned to the team about our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that, that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. Because I felt like, and I think most people felt like, we were the better football team.”

The better team apparently didn’t want it enough. That's on the head coach.

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Doug Pederson highlights 6 young players in postgame speech

Doug Pederson highlights 6 young players in postgame speech

The Eagles snapped their three-game losing streak on Monday night with a gutty 23-17 overtime win over the Giants. 

They were down 14 nothing and lost a few key players during the game, which was a big part of Doug Pederson’s postgame message. 

“I’ve been around a long time in this league as a player and a coach and I can’t tell you that I’ve seen a team hang together like we did all night long,” Pederson said in the video above. “The way you guys battled. Offensively through adversity. We lost a couple more guys tonight. Through adversity, you hang tough. Our young guys stepped up!”

Then Pederson mentioned six younger Eagles by name. Here they are in the order he said them:  

Greg Ward: A practice squad call-up earlier in the year, Ward caught four passes for 34 yards. 

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: The second-round pick caught two passes for 29 yards, including what might have been the best catch of the season. 

Josh Perkins: Playing tight end and receiver, lining up all over the field, Perkins caught five passes for 37 yards. 

Boston Scott: The 5-6 running back had 128 yards from scrimmage and was the star of the night. 

Sidney Jones: He played just one snap but he made it count on a crucial third-down PBU. 

Halapoulivaati Vaitai: After Lane Johnson went down, Big V stepped in at right tackle. 

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Jim Schwartz marvels over rarely used DB's preparation

Jim Schwartz marvels over rarely used DB's preparation

He hadn’t played defense since October. 

Not a snap.

When he had to? With the game on the line? On a pivotal third down?

Sidney Jones was ready.

“He's had a great attitude and he's worked hard on the practice field,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “And he's worked on different parts of his game. He's worked fundamentally on his game. So when you do that? There's an old adage in the NFL: ‘Stay ready so you don't have to get ready.’ Well, Sid stayed ready.”

After the Eagles beat the Giants Monday night, Jones spoke about his first defensive snap in six weeks.

On Thursday, Schwartz talked about what he’s seen behind the scenes from Jones since he got benched after the Bills game.

“That was an important part of the game,” Schwartz said. “Third-and-3 is a tough down defensively, and then coming in cold the way he did. But it didn't surprise me at all. It didn't surprise us at all because Sid has worked really, really hard in this last month or so.”

The Eagles had just tied the game at 17-all, but the Giants had a 3rd-and-3 on their own 32-yard-line with a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter. Jalen Mills was already out with an elbow injury, and his replacement, Rasul Douglas, had just gotten hurt on second down.

So with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter, out comes Jones.

He lined up on the defensive right side opposite Darius Slayton, who had two long touchdowns in the first half. Like any smart quarterback, Eli Manning went after Jones. But Jones played Slayton very aggressively and got a hand in to break up the quick slant.

It was his only snap. But it was huge.

“His role has decreased, but that hasn't affected his work ethic, that hasn’t affected his preparation or his attitude,” Schwartz said. “All those things have been good, and that's going to serve him well as he goes forward and as we go forward, because we talk about it all the time. We say a lot of times the night before a game, somebody's going to be called upon to make a play in this game and they might only play one play in the game. Well, sure enough, it was true. That was a big play. I don't know if we win that game if he doesn't make that PBU, because it was a tie game at that point in the fourth quarter, had a couple of injuries. He went out cold, they came right at him and he was up for the challenge.”

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