“Philly Special” call came directly from Philly’s new hero

AP

Eagles coach Doug Pederson has received all of the credit for the decision to unleash the “Philly Special” against the Patriots at the end of the first half, with the Eagles facing fourth and goal from the New England two and a direct snap to running back Corey Clement followed by a flip to tight end Trey Burton followed by a throw to Nick Foles sending the eventual champions to the locker room with a 10-point lead.

But Pederson didn’t make the call. The call came from the man who became the first quarterback in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.

Inside the NFL has the video and the audio. Foles calmly walks over to Pederson during the time out taken by the Eagles and says, “Philly Philly?”

Pederson considers it for second or two and says, “Yeah. Let’s do it. Let’s do it.”

Do it they did, executing to perfection a play that has been used at every level of football in recent years, but that caught Bill Belichick and the the Patriots completely off guard.

Even though Foles technically gets credit for the idea, Pederson deserves plenty of praise for his flexibility and willingness to empower his players to make suggestions. It all goes back to the “emotional intelligence” that owner Jeffrey Lurie was seeking in early 2016. And it added up to the most special championship Philly has celebrated in years, if not ever.

27 responses to ““Philly Special” call came directly from Philly’s new hero

  1. it wasn’t foles idea how do you think the name philly special came into shape? Pederson made the play and as you saw in the video he said “we are going for it” so they knew that play was made for that situation so foles just asked him to make sure

  2. What people are failing to realize is that Nick Foles didn’t just play a handful of good games. Nick Foles is a good QB. The super bowl wasn’t a fluke. Foles is smart and is one of the most accurate passers I’ve ever seen. He’s not as athletic as some. He won’t break the combine record for the 40 yard dash. It’s not like he never had a great season, because he has. In 2013 he had 27 TDs and 2 int’s. That’s not a fluke. He reminds me of Kurt Warner. There are practice players and then there are gamers. Foles is a gamer. He went toe to toe with Brady and answered every punch. That Philly Special was the smartest play I’ve ever seen. It reminds me of something Belichick would pull off. The execution was even better. Foles totally sold it. They better get busy making Foles jerseys.

  3. “Pederson considers it for second or two and says, “Yeah. Let’s do it. Let’s do it.””

    “But Pederson didn’t make the call.”
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    Obviously he did make the call. Foles came up with the idea.

  4. Doug Pederson is exactly the kind of coach anyone should want. He makes bold calls, empowers his players, and they love him. I’m not saying other coaches don’t fall into that category, but you can see the relationship that the players have with one another and the coaching staff while they’re all out there. It’s plain as day.

  5. Pederson is a great coach simple as that. Good coaches listen to their players
    Just a shame it’s taken till now for people to realise, no one outside of Philly reported on him listening to his players in their first round bye week by going back to practicing in pads instead of the walk-through type stuff they were doing.
    He is loved by his team and fans because of his willingness to listen and change, a stark difference to his predecessor in Chip Kelly

  6. I couldn’t be happier with Foles, whose accuracy matched Brady’s with a capital A! It’s amazing how talented Foles was through the entire game, and as COOL as a CUCUMBER! Fole’s was cooler than cool hand Luke!

    I’m still shocked Bill didn’t take a time out on that formation before the snap of the ball. In fact Bill was off before (Malcolm not playing), and during the entire game. Did Bill sabotage that game to get back at Kraft for the Garoppalo trade? Control freak much? That’s power for ya!

  7. It’s amazing how talented Foles was through the entire game

    Damn straight. I like Foles, but in the third quarter I’m asking myself how did he manage to turn into Joe Montana….

    I still don’t see how you can bench the MVP winner of the Super Bowl. I would at least play him next year until he loses a game.

  8. speakadatrut says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    Nice play! Eagle coaches and players are likeable…but the fans are the most undeserving pond scum ever!

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    Eagles fans are the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in the NFL, bar none. They turned several road games into home games this year (LAC, LAR, NYG, and the Super Bowl. all wins). Ask the players, ask Eli Manning, they’ll tell you. You can stereotype all you want but no fan base deserves this more.

  9. Morons that play was put in the playboook by pederson that’s why foles asked Lederman and foles is not a good qb he is a backup doug pederson es system and scheme and preparation and play calling made foles do well

  10. Man, this just reinforces my opinion that this performance by Foles is one of the greatest & most clutch I’ve ever seen in a Super Bowl. And I’ve been watching them since the late ’70s.

  11. TheWizard says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I still don’t see how you can bench the MVP winner of the Super Bowl. I would at least play him next year until he loses a game.

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    If the Eagles are smart – and they seem to be – they will let Wentz take his time and rehab as slowly and carefully as possible, with Foles starting the season and handing over the baton when Wentz is safely past 100% ready.

    Heck, maybe they should let Foles play as many games as Wentz did this year, then hand it over to Wentz for the end of the season & postseason.

  12. Like DP was just quoted as saying “ I’ll eventually be fired”. It’s what the job is about.

    Great season everybody did their job which is a lot easier to do when you start 7 and 1.

    I’m amazed reading predictions about the 2018 season that not one Eagle player is predicted for MVP in anything nor is the team getting any respect. Why the 49ers and Watson (Texas QB) are favorites, John Gruden favorite for coach of year. ESPN should be shut down.

  13. speakadatrut says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    Nice play! Eagle coaches and players are likeable…but the fans are the most undeserving pond scum ever!
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    Waaaah waaaaah waaaaah, HAHAHAHAHA

  14. TheWizard said in part “I still don’t see how you can bench the MVP winner of the Super Bowl.” Maybe because the guy who’s returning had 33 td’s against just 7 int’s with 3,300+ yards passing and a 12-1 record through 13 games and was being loudly discussed as a possible LEAGUE MVP at the time of his season ending. There, that ought to clear things up for you.

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