Doug Pederson: It’s about us, not the Patriots mystique

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The wide disparity in Super Bowl experience between the Patriots and Eagles is hard for Eagles coach Doug Pederson to ignore, but it’s not something he wants his team spending time thinking about over the next 10 days.

Pederson was asked at his Thursday press conference about the “mystique” around the Patriots as a result of their success over the last two decades and how it comes up when he’s talking to his players about Super Bowl LII.

“I think that’s obviously a real question,” Pederson said. “That’s a real issue that you have. These guys have been there. They’ve done it. They’ve proven it time and time again. My biggest focus with the team is: let’s just focus on today. Let’s just win today. Let’s get better today, and we’ll worry about that when we get to the game. But it’s a credit to what the Patriots have done in their careers and their history, and everybody is trying to win championships like that. But we’ve just got to focus on today.”

In a follow-up to the initial question, Pederson said that the Eagles are in “trouble” if they make this game all about the Patriots. Pederson stressed that his approach to the game is focused on “what we do and how well we execute.”

“Grind the midnight oil again,” Pederson said of the team’s work plan. “Listen, yeah, we’ve got a game to play, and it’s not a vacation next week. My message to the team is just that. We’re going to prepare this week as if we’re playing this weekend, obviously, and then we can sort of fine tune some things. But we’ve just got to stay on top of our game, keep the grind, and keep the intensity going right into next week.”

Pederson has done a good job of keeping the Eagles pointed in the right direction, which is well illustrated by how the team has lost injured players like Carson Wentz and Jason Peters without letting it derail their season. If another week of that focus pays off with a win in Minneapolis, it will do a lot for the mystique of Pederson and the Eagles.

81 responses to “Doug Pederson: It’s about us, not the Patriots mystique

  1. Hoping for an exciting, down to the wire game. The Pats history has no bearing on this game. This is about here and now. Remember that NE shocked the world once, it could certainly happen again. Of course these teams are more evenly matched.

  2. “Pederson stressed that his approach to the game is focused on “what we do and how well we execute.”

    So is Belichick’s. He would be the first one to tell this Pats team they haven’t won anything. There is no game but the next one.

  3. Here’s a tip for beating the Pats: If you get a lead, don’t play it safe. Don’t take a knee at the end of the first half with 55 seconds and 2 timeouts. Don’t call a pass on 2nd and goal if you have Marshawn Lynch.

    You need to keep your foot on their throat. Don’t worry about low percentage “momentum” plays (like a pick-6).

  4. Good advice, focus on today. As incredible as the Pats have been over the years, and as great as Brady and Belichick are, the Eagles have still earned the right to be here, and will put up a fight to take that trophy back to Philly.

  5. I was concerned when the Eagles hired him – thought he was Andy Reid 2.0 (and despite what Colin Coward had to say – I think Chiefs fans have figured out why that’s not a good thing). He proved a lot of us wrong. People say NFL Head coaches don’t have time to learn on the job – he did and did it fast. He might not be respected league wide yet but he’s gained my confidence that he will be and it might be sooner than everyone thinks.

  6. If he’s worried about that he’s already in trouble. Next thing he’ll be doing is having the locker room swept for hidden cameras and microphones like Tomlin. No real Mystique about the Pats. Their just better coached and execute better than other teams.

  7. He’s quite likeable as a coach, but he’s not done that perfect a job of keeping his guys focused, seeing as in NFCCG post-game interviews his guys started trash-talking Brady and the Patriots.

  8. tb12bestqbevah says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    Here’s a tip for beating the Pats: If you get a lead, don’t play it safe. Don’t take a knee at the end of the first half with 55 seconds and 2 timeouts. Don’t call a pass on 2nd and goal if you have Marshawn Lynch.

    You need to keep your foot on their throat. Don’t worry about low percentage “momentum” plays (like a pick-6).

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    While I agree with you in general, wouldn’t running the all on 2nd and goal be the conservative call? Passing on 2nd and Goal is the aggressive call, is it not?

  9. It’s really about staying in it for the first 50 min and figuring out how to beat the Pats at the end. Keeping it close and hoping for a lucky break isn’t enough. Gotta actually beat the Pats by being better than they are for the whole game.

  10. He’s quite likeable as a coach, but he’s not done that perfect a job of keeping his guys focused, seeing as in NFCCG post-game interviews his guys started trash-talking Brady and the Patriots.

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    um….no, no one has trashed talked Brady, they talked about how they want to beat the best.

  11. 75% of all eagles fans wanted to get rid of Doug at the beginning of the season…smartest fans in the league?

  12. Pats fan here. Most of us respect what this Eagle team has done and expect a very close game. The not so secret “blue print” to beating the Patriots has been out there for over a decade. It’s just most teams don’t have the raw talent/personnel to pull it off. If Philly can bring consistent pressure (especially up the middle) all day with ONLY 4 pass rushers AND Foles plays a great game Philly can win. I stress the up the middle pressure, because if it’s only coming off the edge Brady moves in the pocket well enough to beat that. If you have to blitz and send 5-6 rushers, Brady will destroy you. Blitzing would have to be minimal if Philly is going to win.

  13. The field will still be 100 yards, there will still be 4 downs, etc. It’s a game between two teams which went 13-3 in the playoffs and won 2 playoff games at home. In other words, a great matchup.

  14. They have to play their game and not overthink. If people think the Patriots don’t get into the opposing teams heads they are full of it. It really boils down to will Foles be playoff Foles or revert to journeyman QB. Honestly if Wentz wasn’t hurt this would be a no brainer, Philly is that good all around. Unfortunately if they lose with what happened to Wentz this could add to the painful Eagles history.
    Coming from a Pats fan.

  15. Win or lose, I just hope they leave it on the field. Jacksonville had a 20-10 lead and was beaten on the field, but whined off of it.

    Not sure how to beat the Pats – Atlanta played aggressive up 28-3 and kept passing, then was criticized for not running the ball more. Jacksonville played save up 20-10 and was criticized for not passing more.

    I just hope it’s a close game – either team can win – and that whoever loses acts like men and tips their caps to the victor.

  16. The Falcons lost because they decided to play “not to lose.”

    The Seahawks lost because they overthought their situation.

    Last Sunday proved that the Eagles won’t do either of those things.

  17. Seems like an excellent coach taking the proper approach to the game.

    “Don’t call a pass on 2nd and goal if you have Marshawn Lynch.”

    Lolz why do people perpetuate the myth that Lynch would automatically have scored? Lynch was given the ball 5 times on 4th and 1 that season, and only got the 1st down once. Yeah, that 20% success rate was really “beastly”. That’s why they threw in that situation, they knew very well that a desperate Pats D playing the run would more likely stop him than not. That and the Belichick stinkeye lolz

  18. RogerThat! says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    The fact he’s talking about “mystique” means the Patriots are in his head, living rent-free. That or he’s thinking about a stripper.
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    He was responding to a question about the Patriots “mystique”. Not his words, a reporter’s words. Responding to question hardly means that the Patriots are “in his head”.

  19. There will be a defining moment in this game where Pederson and the Eagles do something to invite the Patriots to win. I don’t know what form this invitation will take, but i’ll know it when I see it.

  20. This whole game comes down to Philadelphia’s defense. Specifically their LBs and secondary. Philly’s D line is a legit collection of beasts. But can their LBs neutralize the Patriots pass catching RBs as well as Jacksonville did? Can their secondary hold up vs all the passing weapons? If they can, they have a solid chance.

  21. RogerThat! says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    The fact he’s talking about “mystique” means the Patriots are in his head, living rent-free. That or he’s thinking about a stripper.

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    We all saw the X-Men movies.

  22. Stifling the Pats offense is so easy, but the problem is that the NFL has so many recycled failed coaches that they cant even stop a pass heavy team from moving the ball.

    How you stifle an offense like the Pats is Press their WRs to disrupt the timing, and disguise everything that you’re doing Defensively until the very last moment. Do not give Brady a presnap read. Make him read everything on the fly. Make your defense look like man-coverage and play zone behind it. Rush 3 on one play, rush 4 the next. Get in a 3-3-5 on 1st. Align in a 4-2-5 the next play. Align in 3-2-6 on 2nd and long situations, then follow up with a 4-1-6 on The next play if its an obvious pass situation.Constantly change it up and do not let Tom get a handle on what you’re doing Defensively.

    A TEAM CAN NOT PASS on a defensive approach like that. This is the late Great Fritz Shurmur(RIP) way. Make the Patriots beat you by running the ball.

  23. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    January 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    Love It f them Pats play in that weak division for 15 years

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    Why? You cant think that whether they play in that one, one of the four weaker ones, or one of the three stronger ones, that would make any difference when they finish ahead of all 31 teams. (or this year only 30 so far)

  24. The important thing is to ride the excitement in the first half. Also, try to show Belichick up in critical moments to prove what a great coach you are.

  25. truthhurts04 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    Philly went 2-1 during the season vs playoff teams this year. NE was 6-2. The pats are battle tested. Philly isn’t.
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    And the Eagles beat one of the two teams the Pats lost to…on the road……on a short week….without their starting RT.

    BTW I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a secret that the NFC was a much harder conference than the AFC this year. Keep disrespecting the Eagles though, they feed on that stuff and they’ll be happy to add Pats fans to the pit of misery with Vikings whiners, Falcons fans and the rest of the NFC East.

  26. It’s so entertaining reading the same comments from the same posters on any Article related to the Super Bowl champions. It’s like they Pats live rent free in their heads! Many, post about things that occurred 7 years ago or more.
    .Seriously, guess they live in the past, not the present, that’s really sad😢.

  27. You have to win 2 games to get to the superbowl, by definition that means you are battle tested. lol

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    truthhurts04 says:

    January 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Philly went 2-1 during the season vs playoff teams this year. NE was 6-2. The pats are battle tested. Philly isn’t.

  28. gotta beat the pats* and the refs.
    chowder fans so blind they cant see the reality of this – keep defending them you bawstun scumbags!

  29. “I just heard on the radio that some (most?) pats fans deny that spy gate happened or there wasn’t sufficient evidence… is that true??”

    No. What we deny is that it was some sort of super telepathic system that could be used in game. Here’s an education for you.

    1. Spygate was 1 camera approximately 30′ out of position for 1/2 of 1 game.

    2. It is not illegal to record other team’s signals, never has been and is not to this day, only that as of the beginning of the 2007 season you could no longer do so from the sideline, which is why that camera was considered out of position.

    3. Many teams taped signals, and those who didn’t were recording them on paper play by play as the game went along, and collate them to the game tape afterwards.

    4. It is the job of every coach to try and decipher and learn other team’s signals and to keep a database / records of them. Those that don’t do so are not doing their jobs well.

    5. Teams / coaches should change up their signals, especially against teams they played earlier that season.

    6. With defensive signals now called by radio, while teams do also still use hand signals at times, its kind of a moot point these days.

    7. Spygate 2, the claim that the Pats taped other teams practices is a disproven myth. The Boston Herald had to issue a front page retraction and apology, and fired the writer involved. 100 million dollar corporations or whatever he Herald was worth at that point do not issue retractions that open up huge corporate liability without being very very certain they were wrong in the first place. Spygate 2 never happened.


  30. flatliness says:
    January 25, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    I just heard on the radio that some (most?) pats fans deny that spy gate happened or there wasn’t sufficient evidence… is that true??
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    No, it is not true that you just heard anything about Spygate on the radio.

  31. bfindeisen says:
    January 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    tb12bestqbevah says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    Here’s a tip for beating the Pats: If you get a lead, don’t play it safe. Don’t take a knee at the end of the first half with 55 seconds and 2 timeouts. Don’t call a pass on 2nd and goal if you have Marshawn Lynch.

    You need to keep your foot on their throat. Don’t worry about low percentage “momentum” plays (like a pick-6).

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    While I agree with you in general, wouldn’t running the all on 2nd and goal be the conservative call? Passing on 2nd and Goal is the aggressive call, is it not?

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    Probably a good sports bar conversation. I’d say with 2nd and goal from the 1, and Marshawn Lynch in my backfield I’d run 3 times, confident that Beast Mode could push it over.

    Maybe I should’ve written: Keep your foot on their throat, and try not to outsmart yourself.

  32. tb12bestqbevah says:
    January 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    I’d say with 2nd and goal from the 1, and Marshawn Lynch in my backfield I’d run 3 times, confident that Beast Mode could push it over.
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    I’d say with 26 seconds on the clock, 2nd and goal from the one and only one timeout left I’m pretty confident you wouldn’t be running the ball 3 times even if you had Jim Brown in the backfield. Unless you happen to be Marty Schottenheimer, Andy Reid or Mike Tomlin.

  33. The Pats will beat the Eagles with rub plays and play action. They can’t defend those plays, not with these backs and receivers. Pats 34-14

  34. Ewhite1065 says:

    January 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    If he’s worried about that he’s already in trouble. Next thing he’ll be doing is having the locker room swept for hidden cameras and microphones like Tomlin. No real Mystique about the Pats. Their just better coached and execute better than other teams.

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    He’s not worried about it, sweetie. He was answering a question.

  35. If i recall correctly the Eagles won in New England, under Chip Kelly, the last time the teams met, although that is meaningless to the current teams.

  36. I really don’t care if the Pats win their Super Bowls by 4 or 5 points every time. Anyone who watches horse racing knows that champions horses do what they have to to win, PERIOD.

    There are not extra points or trophies for “How” much they win by.

  37. …left out of the conversation about the decision to pass was Carroll’s concern about preserving time.
    If the pass is unsuccessful, it has been reasoned, the clock would stop.
    If the run was unsuccessful, the clock would run.
    Hence, the option that potentially yielded more plays to score was the pass.

  38. The “mystique” has nothing to do with anything or anyone beyond Brady and Belichick. Remove either of those 2 from the equation, there is no “mystique”. The Patriots ARE those 2 individuals. They are the greatest coach/QB combo ever. The Lombardi will need a new name one day. I’m as sick as the next guy of the Pats, but great is great and we might as well enjoy it 1 more time.

  39. “Patriots 28 Eagles 7, we all know its coming, even the Eagles!”

    Wrong…Nobody knows what’s coming. Did anyone predict Eagles 38 Vikings 7? To predict a final score in the Super Bowl is foolish, at best.

  40. I readily admit to being a skeptic on the hiring of Peterson. Well, he proved me wrong. Of course, this is Philly so if the Eagles lose next Sunday, they will be all over him.

    Still, given the unreal amount of injuries and the low expectations even with a full compliment of players, it is simple miraculous that the Eagles have reached this point. You have to give him a ton of credit. His approach to this game is spot on.

  41. Dougie P is the man!!!!! Always concise and deliberate with his responses – I can see how the players rally around him.

    Lucky for him, this is NOT the best Patriots team they’ve brought to the Superbowl. And if Dougie can maintain the Teams’ same level of intensity, focus and passion that we’ve had all year, (and last weeks’ Foles shows up), we can beat the Patriots next Sunday.

  42. The problem is you have Foles as your QB. Belichick will confuse him, play mind games with him, and rattle him. By the 4th quarter I expect a complete meltdown of Foles. With Wentz at QB it would have been different. The kid is mentally tough. Sorry Eagles fans, this is just not your year.

  43. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    January 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    Love It f them Pats play in that weak division for 15 years

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    At least the AFC East teams can beat the Pats once in a while. Pats are 6-0 vs the cupcake AFC North in the past two seasons including 3 wins against the Steelers

  44. The eagles team is something most non-patriot fans could get behind and root for because they seem like a good group of guys (with the exception of fletcher cox)…

    Unfortunately their fan base is despicable and I hope Brady tears them a new one. That’s how terrible eagles fans are: people will root for the patriots over the eagles in hopes of sticking it to their childish fan base.

  45. Mystique? If they were so great they’d not have got 10 years without a SB victory, and not have their last 2 SB victories handed to them by their opponents. Everyone saw those games.

  46. “Unfortunately their fan base is despicable and I hope Brady tears them a new one. That’s how terrible eagles fans are: people will root for the patriots over the eagles in hopes of sticking it to their childish fan base.”
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    Wouldn’t have it any other way. WE ALL WE GOT. WE ALL WE NEED.

  47. I’m expecting a hard fought game that will probably come down to has the ball last…. just like EVERY Patfiots SuperBowl…..Pats 27-20

  48. tb12bestqbevah says:

    January 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Here’s a tip for beating the Pats: If you get a lead, don’t play it safe. Don’t take a knee at the end of the first half with 55 seconds and 2 timeouts. Don’t call a pass on 2nd and goal if you have Marshawn Lynch.

    You need to keep your foot on their throat. Don’t worry about low percentage “momentum” plays (like a pick-6).
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    What about running it with a 25 point lead? Lmao

  49. goodellmustgoblog says:

    January 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    In your head, in your head, in your head. Zombie Zombie. In your head. In your head. Zombie Zombie.
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    I heard that song vs Jacksonville. lol

  50. No one knows what will happen next Sunday. I do know that the Pats D has gotten by on some very good coaching. I am hoping the Eagles can take advantage of 2 of our cast offs – Chung and Rowe. The key for Foles is to get off to a decent start. Peterson will have some new plays which the Pats won’t know about unless they tape the Eagles practices again. Same with the D. Expect a couple of surprises. I know there is at least 1 look that Schwartz has that they have not shown yet. Waiting for the right moment. This is definitely it.

    As for the fan base, we are fine. The same as any other fan base. Look at what happened in Boston several years ago in a game that had to be stopped. Look at Chicago where 2 fans almost beat a coach to death during a game. The fans rep is overstated.

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