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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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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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