Doug Pederson: Coaching conservatively is a good way to go 8-8

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson was the most aggressive coach on fourth downs all season, and that didn’t change in the Super Bowl. Pederson says there’s a simple reason for that: It’s the way to win.

Pederson told Peter King after the game that if you want to play it safe all the time, that’s a great way to be at or near .500 all the time. If you want to win a championship, you need to try some high-risk, high-reward plays.

“You learn if you play passive, if you play conservative, if you call plays conservatively, you are going to be 8-8, 9-7 every year,” Pederson said. “Every year. Frank and I just having that collaborative spirit to talk about things and talk with our quarterbacks and just come up with ways of keeping this game fresh and fun and exciting for our players. And that’s really where it all stems from.”

Pederson was aggressive, and he won the Super Bowl. Other coaches should take note.

93 responses to “Doug Pederson: Coaching conservatively is a good way to go 8-8

  1. Coach was aggressive all year. Congratulations to the Eagles on their 1st SB win that was a very solid team! SKOL.

  2. Pederson would know as he coached conservative last year and lost at least 2 games because of it. I have never seen a coaching turnaround like his. The 2017 season was a complete 180 of how he coached last year.

    I think he deserved coach of the year.

  3. Not a eagles fan at all.But this is a great quote from a coach who is headed for greatness. Congrats Eagles! You deserved this. Now everyone will be running for you in 19.

  4. the air smells better , the birds are singing , the sun shines brighter ,my coffee taste better , it’s gonna be quieter in the north east , philly may be burnt to the ground but I don’t live there so party on !

  5. Doug Pederson is such a fantastic head coach, after what he did with Nick Foles, I’m starting to believe he’s the best coach in all of football. Yes, even over Belichick.

    (Not an Eagles fan)

  6. I knew Douggie P would be the difference in this game. Coaches inexplicably wet their pants when they play the Patriots, which adds to their mystique. If people played the Pats instead of trying not to lose, that wouldn’t be quite so mystical. Pederson coached his players to play for 60 minutes. That’s how you beat the Patriots.

  7. The Lions can’t be feeling too great about their new head coach hire. As far as the Colts go maybe McDaniels plans to bring back Tebow. If there were only a way he could give up a 1st round pick for him again. LOLZ.

  8. A couple of those 4ths barely made it and we could easily be saying today that it was your undoing. Or if Foles drops that pass, or if Cooks wasn’t injured, or if that first controversial TD had been correctly overturned, the angry riots in Philly would have spread thru your stadium and chased you out of town.

  9. Even Young Sheldon convinced his high school football coach father that he had a greater chance of success if he quit punting on fourth down and went for it instead. It appears to be a trend.

  10. Jason Garrett can confirm this strategy, He calls it following the process.
    The fans call it the process of losing.

  11. citizenstrange says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:20 am
    The Lions can’t be feeling too great about their new head coach hire. As far as the Colts go maybe McDaniels plans to bring back Tebow. If there were only a way he could give up a 1st round pick for him again. LOLZ

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    I can assure you as a Lions fan who lives in Michigan that you’re wrong and that Patricia will be a huge step up from Caldwell

  12. Officiating was finally a non issue in a Patriots game!! They got every call correct. No holding on either OL was sorta shocking considering how many passes were thrown and that holding occurs on every pass play.

  13. This guy is a fantastic coach. Philly is going to have him for a long time and with a young Carson Wentz and whatever they cash in for Foles, wow… This team may win a few more of the next decade.

  14. Why is everyone talking about Garrett? This season the Cowboys were 11th in 4th down conversions. 2016 they were first.

  15. If only he was younger, better looking , and had a cute manicured beard … would have won coach of the Year

  16. Billy Penn’s statue is being replaced by one of Doug Pederson.

    Broad Street will become “Nick Foles Lane”.

  17. streetyson says:
    A couple of those 4ths barely made it and we could easily be saying today that it was your undoing. Or if Foles drops that pass, or if Cooks wasn’t injured, or if that first controversial TD had been correctly overturned, the angry riots in Philly would have spread thru your stadium and chased you out of town

    Or if Brady catches a pass, or doesn’t fumble, or if Belichick doesn’t get out coached, etc., etc. The best team won the game…it happens.

  18. As much as I don’t like him, Sean Payton thinks the same way. Saints had no business beating the colts in 2009…but he coached like they had nothing to lose and they pulled off the upset. Colts win that game 8 times out of 10

  19. Andy Reid’s former assistant coach does in two years what Reid couldn’t do in 14, and in the same postseason in which Reid chokes away another playoff game. That’s…gotta…sting.

  20. I don’t want to take anything away from Pederson. He’s a great coach, but there are a lot of factors involved here that come to down to individual teams and match-ups. Even if every coach were as aggressive as Pederson, half the teams playing would still lose every week.

  21. cmonitsfunny says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:54 am
    streetyson says:
    A couple of those 4ths barely made it and we could easily be saying today that it was your undoing. Or if Foles drops that pass, or if Cooks wasn’t injured, or if that first controversial TD had been correctly overturned, the angry riots in Philly would have spread thru your stadium and chased you out of town

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    “If… if… if… if…”

  22. This team was not intimidated by “the Mystique” even when it looked like the Pats were going to make one of their patented 4q comebacks….that’s when they stepped it up and made a play when they needed it most.

  23. Had a blast going back and forth with you guys this year, to all of you thinking it will never happen, I feel you!! I’ve been waiting 40 years and last nite was AMAZING, Have a Great day all
    Fly Eagles Fly

  24. Great, now we have to endure an entire offseason of Nick Foles, Chris Long, and Doug Pederson…………. September can’t come fast enough

  25. Exaaaaacttly!!!! That’s how you coach to win!!! Ron Rivera for the Panthers are you paying attention???? Mr Settle for a FG or take a knee before halftime!!!

  26. Definitely an example of a team effective at incorporating an analytics based approach. Every time I saw them go for it, it was a situation that seemed completely logical but would give a headache to most people with a “gut” approach.

  27. Michael E says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Why is everyone talking about Garrett? This season the Cowboys were 11th in 4th down conversions. 2016 they were first.

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    Why is everyone trashing the Cowboys? Simple. It’s fun.

  28. gloryfromheaven46 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:04 am
    Doug Pederson is such a fantastic head coach, after what he did with Nick Foles, I’m starting to believe he’s the best coach in all of football. Yes, even over Belichick.

    (Not an Eagles fan)

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    He’s also clearly surpassed Andy Reid. There were no strange clock management snafus, Pederson was able to adjust his game plan on the fly, etc.

    Andy Reid is one of the worst game day coaches in the league. He’s great at preparing for a game but once the clock starts he’s the keystone cops if things don’t go exactly according to script.

  29. That 4th and 1 in Eagles territory was the whole game right there. He correctly understood that it’s a horrible decision to give the Pats the ball back the way the offenses were killing each others defenses. When they converted it with a high-probability throw to Ertz, you just tip your cap there.

    If they don’t make it, Pats probably win the game.

    The Eagles are the rightful champions today.

  30. “LyinRogerMustGo says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:36 am
    Well… Pete Carroll was aggressive too for a play and he gets ripped for it. Just sayin!”

    Yeah, but that slant pass call was a really, really stupid play.

  31. Like last year when Atlanta figured they had it won and went to sleep in the second half. Or the Jags who played so conservatively on offense and did NOTHING in the second half. I agree with one poster on here–the Eagles did’t play scared.

    The motto of the SAS is “Who Dares Wins”. That fits Pederson’s gameplan. Bravo.

    (British Special Air Service in case you don’t know–like our Special Forces)

  32. jim699 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:05 am
    I don’t want to take anything away from Pederson. He’s a great coach, but there are a lot of factors involved here that come to down to individual teams and match-ups. Even if every coach were as aggressive as Pederson, half the teams playing would still lose every week.

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    True, but the games would be a lot more exciting and higher scoring. All without changing any rules.

  33. packergator says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:00 am
    Andy Reid’s former assistant coach does in two years what Reid couldn’t do in 14, and in the same postseason in which Reid chokes away another playoff game. That’s…gotta…sting.
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    Obviously he learned what not to do. Like don’t get a big lead and then play not to lose, like Andy.

  34. The funny thing is that last year the Falcons were criticized for being too aggressive and not playing conservatively. Ryan took two sacks and twice ended Falcons drives by trying to win through the air. Of course, the big difference is that the patriots had Hightower and Butler out there to make a difference. There was no Hightower in there this year to cause a strip sack. Personnel on D is a Patriot problem.

  35. Coach Pederson,
    Would you PLEASE get Jason “Mr. 8-8 ” Garrett on the line, and give him some advice??

    Signed: A tortured Cowboys’ fan, who does not know if she can endure another season of Mr. Patty-Cake 😦

  36. Every other coach and offensive coordinator just needs to watch this game on infinite repeat all offseason. THAT is how you win title games. You adapt to your opponent as the game goes on, sure, but you don’t change your aggressiveness. The one thing that every coach who’s ever seen their team blow a lead against the Pats, which is letting their foot off the gas and playing it safe, is what Pederson did not do. And he refused to do it with his BACKUP QB, no less. Let that sink in.

  37. Excellent in game example of this was the botched kick by New England near the goal line. BB turtled on 4th down and kicked. Pats walk away with zero. Completely set the tone for the game. Pederson was aggressive, and so was his team.

    Pederson just dismantled defenses led by two of the best defensive coaches the NFL has to offer. It will be fun to watch his career. Could be one of the next great coaches.

  38. eagleswin says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:54 am

    He’s also clearly surpassed Andy Reid. There were no strange clock management snafus, Pederson was able to adjust his game plan on the fly, etc.

    Andy Reid is one of the worst game day coaches in the league. He’s great at preparing for a game but once the clock starts he’s the keystone cops if things don’t go exactly according to script.
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    Pederson burned his first timeout when they were losing with plenty of time left in the 4th quarter.

  39. Great job by Pederson. All credit to the Eagles. I’m a Pats fan, but I am happy for the Eagles and their fans.

  40. genericcommenter says:

    February 5, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Definitely an example of a team effective at incorporating an analytics based approach. Every time I saw them go for it, it was a situation that seemed completely logical but would give a headache to most people with a “gut” approach.
    __________________________________________________________________________

    That’s the key, knowing when the situation calls for you to be aggressive. Unlike the other head coach in PA who is recklessly aggressive and got his team bounced from the playoffs in the divisional round

  41. Last night made me think that there is a whole league full of players that you could have plugged into Doug Pederson’s system and won a SB with. Scary…they get Wentz back next year and can look to upgrade some positions? Not an Eagles fan, but I am a Wentz fan and can appreciate what the coach and GM have assembled. THey look like a team that could have some staying power in a league where ONLY the Patriots have had that.

  42. walker1191 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Great job by Pederson. All credit to the Eagles. I’m a Pats fan, but I am happy for the Eagles and their fans.
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    They are a likeable group honestly. Happy for Blount and Long. If my Pats weren’t in it I probably would have cheered for them.

  43. Michael E says:

    February 5, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Why is everyone talking about Garrett? This season the Cowboys were 11th in 4th down conversions. 2016 they were first.

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    Why is anyone talking about the Cowboys at all?

    The World Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

  44. He spent years learning from Andy Reid how to NOT manage a game.

    Keep your foot down and play to win, don’t play to not lose. I love the way Pederson approaches the game, these old heads with their “by the book” mentalities are played out.

  45. Take note Marrone. Doesn’t matter if you have Wentz, Foles, Bortles, or Brady…

    Playing conservatively doesn’t get it done.
    I.e. Taking a knee with 50 ticks and 2 TOs.
    Running 3 times (for <9 yards) late in the 4th Q with a single score lead…

  46. I love it, and it paid off for him.. but lets not act like aggressive play calling hasn’t loss plenty of games fro many coaches as well. Can apply this to players as well, Brett Farve was the poster boy for taking risk on the field, got him a SB ring one year then many more years of turnovers costing the team an opportunity for another.

  47. yg20910 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:53 am
    If only he was younger, better looking , and had a cute manicured beard … would have won coach of the Year

    That’s OK…………I think Dougie will be content to let McVay keep his consolation prize, and will be satisfied with the Lombardi he took home.

  48. streetyson says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:25 am
    A couple of those 4ths barely made it and we could easily be saying today that it was your undoing. Or if Foles drops that pass, or if Cooks wasn’t injured, or if that first controversial TD had been correctly overturned, the angry riots in Philly would have spread thru your stadium and chased you out of town.

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    If, if, if … take the L.

  49. I told my wife before the game started that the Eagles would own the Pats early, only to watch the lead slowly slip away starting with the last two minutes of the first half. What I didn’t count on was a Head Coach who refused to start playing conservatively in hopes of maintaining a lead that would eventually slip away. Passive play calling gets you beat and he knew it.

  50. Which is why Matt LaFleur, new OC for the TTs, must “unleash the Beast!” in m’boy Marcus (Mariota).

  51. I have to hand it to Pederson. He took an anemic offense (after Wentz went down) and turned it into a juggernaut against two of the best defenses in the league. I have never seen that happen before in such a short time in the postseason.

    The Eagles were dismissed outright at the start of the playoffs, and many assumed Atlanta and New Orleans would meet in the NFC championship game. Foles was considered incompetent before the playoffs.

    Pederson’s play-calling yesterday was stellar. He had the confidence in his offense to execute plays in clutch situations, and the players confirmed that confidence by making the plays. Congrats to the Eagles; they earned it – from a Vikes fan.

  52. Peterson has changed the game. His approach is too sound not to be copied by most coaches next year. Going for it has become the conventional call. Guaranteed!

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