Updated: 12:40 p.m.
The morning, after one of the worst losses during his four years as head coach of the Eagles, Doug Pederson is talking very confidently about his football team.
Pederson said, point-blank, that the Eagles are going to go down to Dallas next weekend and beat the Cowboys to take over first place in the division.
Take a look at his comments on 94WIP this morning:
Anytime Dallas loses, it helps. Because here’s the thing. I know the sky is falling outside. It’s falling, and I get that. And the fans are reeling just a little bit. But we’re going down to Dallas and our guys are going to be ready to play and we’re going to win that football game. And when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East, we control our own destiny, we’re right where we need to be.
“Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No, but all we gotta do is be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we’re in first place. And, listen, they’re reeling too. I mean, they’re struggling too. They dropped their last three games, so this will be an exciting football game.
While it sounded like Pederson was guaranteeing a victory, at his noon press conference, he said he wasn’t.
“I never said that. Never said guarantee a win,” Pederson said. “I would never do that.”
Pederson said he spoke so strongly this morning because saying something like, “We’re going to try to win a game,” wouldn’t have shown enough confidence.
After a 3-0 start, the Cowboys have dropped their last three games, including a game to the Jets yesterday, but for Pederson to come out and call a win less than 24 hours after a beating at the hands of the Vikings is … interesting.
When asked why he’s so confident in his team a day after an 18-point loss, Pederson said when he watched the tape this morning, there were plenty of correctable mistakes.
“As the head football coach, I’m going to stand here and show confidence in my football team because that’s what I have,” Pederson said. “I have confidence in my football team, the guys that are on the football field. It’s our job as coaches to prepare them, get them ready to play.”
The Eagles and Cowboys are both 3-3, so Sunday Night Football next week will give us the leader of the division. The Cowboys beat the Eagles in both matchups between the two teams last year and took the NFC East crown. After Sunday’s matchup, the Eagles and Cowboys won’t play again until Week 16.
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