Doug Pederson doesn't have benefit of 'protractors and straight rulers' for challenges

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Doug Pederson doesn't have benefit of 'protractors and straight rulers' for challenges

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Exactly 38 seconds ran off the clock from the time Mike Davis was tackled until the Seahawks snapped the ball on the next play. 

That's not a ton of time to try to make a decision that can win or lose a football game, but that's part of being an NFL head coach. 

Doug Pederson and the Eagles were faced with that exact situation on Sunday night in the 24-10 loss to the Seahawks. On the fourth-quarter lateral play from Russell Wilson to Davis, the Seahawks picked up a huge first-down conversion. 

With the benefit of time, it looks pretty clear that it was a forward pass, which likely would have forced a punt (see story)

But as the NBC broadcast was showing replays and debating the merits of challenging the ruling, the red flag stayed in Pederson's pocket. 

On Sunday night, Pederson said he didn't challenge because it looked "legit" in real time and didn't want to risk the timeout after already losing a previous challenge. 

On Monday afternoon in California, Pederson defended the decision or at least the thought process behind it. 

"Well those aren't hypotheticals, those are real-time decisions," Pederson said, defending his decision a day later. "There's nothing hypothetical about giving up a timeout. I either throw it or I don't, so I have to make a real-time decision. 

"I don't get the luxury of the television bringing out protractors and straight rulers and drawing lines like I guess they did and saying, 'Oh yeah, this is probably a forward pass.' I don't get that luxury. I gotta make it within 10 to 15 seconds of them running the next play. 

"At that time, I didn't feel like it was necessary to challenge it, when we all felt like it wasn't going to be in our favor." 

This isn't all on Pederson, of course. In instances like this, he relies on his guys up in the box. He said director of football compliance Jon Ferrari and coaching assistant Ryan Paganetti are his eyes in the sky. He has direct communication with them. 

There are times, Pederson said, that he'll go with his own gut feeling on a play instead of listening to Ferrari and Paganetti. Those instances are when he thinks he had a better vantage point of something from the field. 

This season, Pederson is 1 for 4 on challenges and is 7 for 14 since he became a head coach. That's a pretty good success rate. It's higher than Andy Reid and Bill Belichick. 

On Sunday night, Pederson said the Seahawks did a good job of rushing to the line to snap the ball, but it probably just seemed that way because he was trying to make a tough decision in a limited amount of time. The Seahawks actually didn't snap the ball for the next play until there were just two seconds remaining on the play clock. 

"We're getting whatever feed we can get," Pederson said. "Of course on the sideline, we don't get the luxury of replay. The big screen in the stadium doesn't hold any water for us. And yet sometimes you're only given what the network can give you at the time. That's been our protocol. It's been a really good protocol for us this whole season."

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018. 

We just don’t know where he’ll land. 

As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins. 

Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. 

Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?

Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night. 

  • Le'Veon Bell 
  • Tom Brady 
  • Drew Brees 
  • Antonio Brown
  • Aaron Donald 
  • Todd Gurley
  • Julio Jones 
  • Von Miller 
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Carson Wentz

In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get. 

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Jalen Mills' charity softball game takes over Reading soon

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Jalen Mills' charity softball game takes over Reading soon

Carson Wentz held his inaugural AO1 Foundation softball game earlier this month and the event was a huge success, raising over $850,000 for charity. 

Saturday afternoon, another Eagles player has a charity softball game. 

This time, green-haired cornerback Jalen Mills will take over FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The home run derby starts at 1 p.m. and the softball game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.

According to the website, the game will help benefit the National Youth Foundation.

As for the list of players and celebrities, several of Mills’ current and former teammates are expected to show. 

Here’s the full list provided on the website: 

Corey Clement 
Bryce Treggs
Rashard Davis
Mike Wallace 
Alshon Jeffery
Jason Peters
Brandon Graham
D.J. Killings
Rick Lovato

Other NFL players
Terrence Brooks
Kwon Alexander
Duke Riley
Tyrann Mathieu
Jamal Adams
Steven Johnson
Leonard Fournette

Other celebrities
Musical artist Fat Boy SSE
Former Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis
Philly rapper Gillie Da Kid
Competitive eater Notorious B.O.B. 
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus
Radio host DJ Diamond Kuts
Super fan Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni

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