Doug Pederson hasn’t coached a game for the Eagles yet, but he still faced questions about play calling in his first press conference since being hired as the team’s head coach.
Pederson said that he would call the offensive plays for the Eagles next season and said that he gained experience doing it during the second halves of games with the Chiefs dating back to a November win over the Steelers. That includes last Saturday’s loss to the Patriots, which saw the Chiefs take more than five minutes off the clock before scoring a touchdown that cut the New England lead to 27-20.
That clock management, particularly the minute-plus that burned away after the Chiefs got to the 1-yard-line, has come under criticism and Pederson said Tuesday that the team wanted to keep Tom Brady and the New England offense off the field by way of explanation. They succeeded at doing that, although the result wound up being a bad one all the same.
Pederson discussed quarterback Sam Bradford, who is set to become a free agent, briefly and called him a good fit for the offense he’s installing in Philadelphia, but added that he’s still evaluating the team.
Those were the big questions on the offensive side of the ball at the moment. Pederson confirmed that Jim Schwartz will be a big part of the defensive questions as defensive coordinator and also said that special teams coach Dave Fipp and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will be on his staff. He didn’t name an offensive coordinator with reports pointing to Frank Reich landing that position.