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Doug Pederson explains debatable decisions against Seahawks

Doug Pederson explains debatable decisions against Seahawks

SEATTLE — Doug Pederson should be pretty happy the Eagles are staying on the West Coast this week. 

He probably wouldn't want to be around to hear talk radio in Philly. 

The Eagles lost 24-10 to the Seahawks, and this week is going to feel a lot like 2016, with plenty of folks questioning the head coach's decisions. While it would be unfair to pin the loss on Pederson, Sunday night didn't seem like his best game (see Roob's observations)

Here's what he said about several important calls and plays: 

On punting with 18 seconds left in the first half
"We were prepared. We had discussed going for it in that situation. I think there was 18 seconds with a couple timeouts, a chance to go and possibly kick the field goal. It’s just the decision I made at the point because we were getting the ball again at the start of the second half. Flip the field a little bit, nice punt backed them up, but there was a time there that I considered going for it. I just didn’t want to give them a short field potentially with maybe 15 seconds, with timeouts, then they get three points instead of us."

On punting on 4th-and-1 from their own 47-yard line in the first quarter
"It was early in the game. I made the decision to punt the football, flip the field."

On the failed 4th-and-3 pitch play to Kenjon Barner in the fourth
"Fourth-and-3 is a great opportunity. We had them sort of back against the wall a little bit, a great opportunity. Felt that we were going to get the front coverage we expected, and we had a man-beater called. Offense just failed to execute on the play."

On the lost spot challenge in the third
"Nothing on the field, but upstairs felt like the challenge was legit. We felt like we had the line to gain. Sometimes those are tough, but at the same time we felt good, and with the information I got upstairs."

On not challenging the Russell Wilson lateral
"Real time, it looked fine. It looked legit. We didn’t get all the necessary looks. They hustled to the line, but at the same time, it looked good, and I trust the guys upstairs making those decisions and didn’t challenge that. I already challenged one in the half and lost that, so I didn’t want to risk another timeout."

Lane Johnson not pleased with ranking on NFL's top 100

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Lane Johnson not pleased with ranking on NFL's top 100

Lane Johnson had a breakout season in 2017, holding down the right tackle spot for the Eagles on his way to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. 

And he even made the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list, which is voted on by players. 

All the way down at No. 95. 

“Obviously, I think it’s a joke to be honest with you,” Johnson said on the Mike Missanelli Show Friday afternoon. 

That’s when fill-in co-host Eytan Shander interjected: “Good it is a joke. You were robbed.”

Johnson, 28, is considered by most to be the best right tackle in the NFL and there will likely be plenty of the guys he shut down during last season on the list ahead of him. 

“Yeah, but that’s alright,” Johnson answered. “Better luck next year. That’s what they tell me. I think it’s just … there’s so many great players, it’s hard to put them in order. I guess just being on there is cool. Hoping next year, I’ll be a little bit lower on the list.”

Johnson isn’t the only Eagles player who might have a beef with where they’re slotted on the list. So far, the bottom 50 have been revealed and the Eagles have four players so far: 

68. Zach Ertz 
69. Fletcher Cox
95. Lane Johnson 
96. Malcolm Jenkins  

Johnson also talked about a few other topics on Friday shows, which was co-hosted by Shander and Geoff Mosher. He mentioned that he’s obviously hated in Boston and loved in Philly for his comments about the Patriots. 

He also talked about his relationship with Jason Peters, becoming a more vocal leader, and, of course, this … 

Getting Eagles fans ready for Memorial Day weekend

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Getting Eagles fans ready for Memorial Day weekend

In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, an Eagles podcast, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks get you ready for Memorial Day weekend. They share tips and suggestions for your weekend cookout. The latest on the NFL's national anthem policy. And how did Barrett spend his first-ever NFL paycheck?

Also, the lengths Barrett will go to get invited to Gunner's house.

1:00 - Weekend plans.
3:00 - Gunner has a big weekend coming.
5:00 - Barrett is busy this weekend.
6:00 - Stories from cookouts.
11:00 - Worst things about cookouts.
15:00 - Latest on NFL's national anthem policy.
21:00 - How did Barrett spend his first NFL paycheck in 1995.

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