Doug Pederson isn’t complaining about facing teams after their byes

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The Eagles are smack dab in the middle of a three-game stretch against opponents with extra time to prepare to face them. And their head coach isn’t griping about it.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Doug Pederson told reporters on Friday regarding the prospect of playing the Vikings, Cowboys, and Giants after their bye weeks. “You know, I don’t make the schedule.”

Those who did make the schedule have added an extra layer of difficulty for the Eagles.

Then again, they beat the Vikings, whose 5-0 momentum may have been disrupted by the emerging from the bye a week ago. The Eagles, who had their break after three straight wins to start the season, may have lost a little of their sparkle, too.

“I would rather have continued to play 3-0 and not have a bye, either, so it kind of works the other way for us,” Pederson said. “But it is what it is at this point, and we just got to handle them one game at a time. For us, it’s about just maintaining the momentum and just keep building off of last week and keep playing and fighting. You know, it’s challenging because, again, three of these teams are coming off their break. But we don’t put a lot of emphasis in that.”

It’s the right approach. There’s nothing the Eagles can do other than get ready for each game, hopeful that the same disruption to their three-game streak and the Vikings’ five-game streak will apply to the Cowboys’ five-game streak and, next weekend, the Giants’ two-game streak.

6 responses to “Doug Pederson isn’t complaining about facing teams after their byes

  1. Good coach. he’s doing and saying as lot of the things more seasoned coached don’t. Smart.
    unless he has an epic melt down in the nest 3 season like Chip Kelly, I think Doug will be with us (the Eagles) for good long time.

  2. who knows, maybe we’ll play you guys after a first round bye week in the postseason; or vice-versa.

    Either way, can’t wait for the rematch. same with Seattle.

  3. Complaining only makes the team look weak. If you beat teams coming off their byes, it only makes the team look better. Can’t wait for the Sunday night showdown!

  4. I really dislike how the bye week system is setup. It is obviously designed to minimize the disruption to broadcasters rather than provide an even competitive balance.

    If I were (when I become) Commissioner, I would expand the regular season to 18 weeks, but each team would still play 16 games. The North and South divisions in each conference would get weeks 6 & 10 off, while the East and West divisions would get weeks 7 & 11 off (or something like that, you get the idea).

    The current system of teams having one week somewhere between 4 and 10 off is ridiculous and creates an artificial imbalance in competition.

  5. abninf says:
    Oct 28, 2016 1:35 PM

    They are going to get brutalized by the Cowboys.


    Sad these fans are so delusional

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