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Doug Pederson sees no benefit to baiting Odell Beckham Jr.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a football prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has opted for clunky reverse psychology to protect receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from further efforts to get under his skin by opposing defensive backs. As it relates to the Eagles, Sullivan need not worry about the defensive backs targeting Beckham.

“If you’re more worried about trying to get a player ejected then you’re not focused on your job,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on Friday’s PFT Live. “I think that’s something that [defensive coordinator] Jim Schwartz has brought to these guys and the defensive staff is just, ‘Do your job.’ You saw it against the Pittsburgh Steelers . . . . I don’t think you go into a game and say, ‘We’ve got to poke and pester this player.’ I just don’t think you do that. If you do that then I think that’s when you get beat and that’s when somebody like an Odell Beckham with the talent that he has can beat you. There’s ten other guys on that team that can beat you. Again, it is a fine line but that’s got to be my message to the football team.”

Apart from not trying to make Beckham snap, the focus on his recent inability to avoid snapping gives coaches like Pederson ammunition for explaining to players the importance of remaining poised.

“It goes back to the messaging to the football team from myself and just keep reiterating points of emphasis that way and cooler heads prevail,” Pederson said. “Listen I get it; I’ve been a player. I understand the dynamic of the heat of the battle and all of that. I mean, we’re in this business for that reason. We love the competition and at the same time you just have to remain calm. It is a hard thing, it is a tough thing. You can’t let it affect you and I continue to talk to our team about that stuff each and every week. I always mention to the guys, ‘Let your personality show. Go out and have fun. Play with one another, play with the passion of the football team and the passion of the game but at the same time you have to maintain that control.’ It is a fine line. It’s tough. I get it. But it’s the constant messaging that I can provide to the team that helps.”

The 3-0 Eagles face the Giants and Beckham on November 6 and again on Thursday, December 22.

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32 Responses to “Doug Pederson sees no benefit to baiting Odell Beckham Jr.”
  1. jag1959 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:59 PM

    That doesn’t mean his CB’s don’t see the benefit

  2. therealzeitgeist says: Oct 7, 2016 3:01 PM

    Doug Pedersen’s obvious reverse psychology here will fool nobody…except Odell Beckham Jr.

  3. pologroundsvet says: Oct 7, 2016 3:01 PM

    Odell need to get himself to the point where nothing but his play is the story.

  4. inbillwetrust says: Oct 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    really? lol dudes a head case.. easy bait

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 7, 2016 3:07 PM

    And now Pederson is playing the reverse psychology game. Well done.

  6. feckyerlife says: Oct 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    considering your CB’s aren’t on Rhodes level where their play can do the talking. Maybe your CB’s should do some talking.

  7. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 7, 2016 3:11 PM

    “Doug Pederson sees no benefit to baiting Odell Beckham Jr.” he says while giving an interview whose sole purpose is to bait Odell Beckham Jr.

  8. kissmysandwich says: Oct 7, 2016 3:13 PM

    Umm yeah right. Schwartz is known for exactly that…getting under people’s skin and that is the formula to disrupt Beckham. That doesn’t mean cheap shots and not playing your position. It means get physical and get in his face and the prima donna golden boy will blow his top. That’s smart coaching, Doug. For all the dumb things Pederson has said and keeps saying, it does seem like he knows how to coach.

  9. stairwaytoharvin says: Oct 7, 2016 3:18 PM

    This assumes him being baited is the only reason he flies off the handle. Granted, you know Norman was going off, but I didn’t see Rhodes last game jawing after plays or anything. It looked to me like Odell was getting frustrated by being shut down more than Rhodes playing mind games. Could they have been happening? For sure. But i’m more inclined to believe Rhodes was just shutting him down and he didn’t much care for it.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 7, 2016 3:19 PM

    He went on to say he doesn’t see any benefit in rushing the passer when Eli’s back there because he can burn you and he also doesn’t see any point in trying to get turnovers because you can miss a tackle.

    Just don’t do it. Don’t do any of these things…

    Please?

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:25 PM

    Only the comment about Rhodes here made any sense.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Oct 7, 2016 3:25 PM

    He is right there is no benefit in baiting him, he is worried about the Lions this week.

  13. mongo3401 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:26 PM

    What’s up with Lane Johnson appeal ?

  14. carloswlassiter says: Oct 7, 2016 3:28 PM

    kissmysandwich says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:13 PM

    Umm yeah right. Schwartz is known for exactly that…getting under people’s skin and that is the formula to disrupt Beckham. That doesn’t mean cheap shots and not playing your position. It means get physical and get in his face and the prima donna golden boy will blow his top. That’s smart coaching, Doug. For all the dumb things Pederson has said and keeps saying, it does seem like he knows how to coach.
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    I agree with this dude.

  15. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 7, 2016 3:30 PM

    Wait till corners start baiting your qb Doug !!!

  16. dabearsbus says: Oct 7, 2016 3:38 PM

    Nobody needs to bait OBJ, he snaps on his own during the course of the game when things don’t go his way. Isn’t that the real issue?

  17. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Oct 7, 2016 3:40 PM

    The only people that should be baiting Odell are the guys he sees on his Grindr account.

  18. Ron Jull says: Oct 7, 2016 3:43 PM

    Odell Rectum Jr is his own worst enemy.

  19. MichaelEdits says: Oct 7, 2016 3:48 PM

    I recommend bringing the wood.

  20. bighoser says: Oct 7, 2016 4:09 PM

    The best way to take a great WR out of the game is to take him out of the game! Bait OBJ some and he takes himself out of the game better than Revis could in his heyday.

  21. nflcombineresults says: Oct 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    I bet it would be a benefit of Odell got tossed from the game…

  22. richiethegreek says: Oct 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:25 PM
    Only the comment about Rhodes here made any sense.

    2 1
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    Really?? Is that really the ONLY comment that made sense? Ok.

  23. thisonesforpat says: Oct 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    Then Doug Pederson is the only one who doesn’t think it pays to bait OBJ. And it’s so easy to do!

  24. mongo3401 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:25 PM

    Scwhartz is going to have him dogged all game.

  25. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 7, 2016 4:28 PM

    Will he go mano y mano on Odell?

  26. charger383 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:52 PM

    If you can’t maintain self control you do not deserve the NFL’s big paycheck

  27. idiedpretty says: Oct 7, 2016 4:54 PM

    Why is Doug throwing a football in the article photo shot? Weird. Does he still think he can play?

  28. asparatame says: Oct 7, 2016 4:56 PM

    I suppose that’s the correct thing to say.

    Do it but don’t SAY you’ll be telling your guys to do it.

  29. rufustfireflyjr says: Oct 7, 2016 5:16 PM

    It’s a Jedi mind trick. It means that the Eagles DBs will be talking mucho trash to ODB all game long.

  30. granadafan says: Oct 7, 2016 6:20 PM

    This is what Pac-12 opponents did to Vontaze Burfict when he was known as the Instant 15 yards and first down guy. All they had to do was needle him a bit and he’d blow up into an irrational mess. Boom, 15 yard personal foul penalty.

    OBJ has the mental instability and immaturity of Terrell Owens and Burfict.

  31. officialgame says: Oct 7, 2016 8:22 PM

    Eli will be flat on his back like he always is against the Eagles so it doesn’t really matter .

  32. gfan8611 says: Oct 9, 2016 12:26 PM

    Only thing I take away from this is Doug Pederson has absolutely no problem saying something nobody is going to believe he believes. Come on Doug you were a player you know damned well it can be beneficial to bait the opponent if it’s the kind of opponent who’ll hurt his team with stupidity as a result. Did it do anybody any good to bait Rice? No, because Rice would internalize it and eat them up as payback. Does it benefit people to bait Beckham? Hell yes, because he’s proven to a guy who can’t take it internal and turn it on them. He acts out and hurts his team by getting penalties or just distracting them. And no matter what any player on any team says if one of their team mates is ranting and raving on the sideline it is a distraction to them. None of them signed up to be babysitters.

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