Doug Pederson wants to be more “aggressive” after night of passive calls

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After a 3-0 start got everybody all excited by his prospects, the Eagles rookie came crashing back to Earth last night.

Not Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson.

While the Cowboys comeback will be placed mostly on the heroics of quarterback Dak Prescott, the Eagles’ first-year coach made a number of errors down the stretch that held the door open for the Cowboys.

Among the mistakes was punting to the Cowboys rather than try a 54-yard field goal with 6:34 left, which would have given them a 10-point lead in a game that went to overtime. Kicker Caleb Sturgis had hit 17 straight field goals, including a 55-yarder just before halftime.

“(I) felt comfortable doing that, making that decision,” Pederson said, via Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly.com. “The thing is, field position at that time is critical. [Sturgis] did kick the one before half, which was an excellent kick with no time left on the clock. Had we executed on the third-down play, we would have been in a little better position to kick the field goal at that time and we just didn’t execute on the play before.”

Yeah, about that previous play. On the third down in question, Pederson dialed up a screen pass, which was sniffed out and dropped for a 6-yard loss. Pederson said that pushed them out of field goal range (even if it really didn’t). Either way, it was a poorly timed screen.

Wait, there’s more. Even after the Eagles allowed the tying drive, the could have forced the Cowboys to punt from deep in their territory with around 25 seconds left, but let the clock roll out on regulation rather than using their available timeouts. So instead of trying for a punt block, or having them punt it to Darren Sproles, they watched helplessly and waited for the Cowboys to win the coin toss.

They never got the ball back.

“I just felt too at that time, because our defense was playing extremely well, I had made up my mind at that time to go ahead and get us into overtime,” Pederson said. “Hopefully win the coin toss, take the ball and be in a position to score. And/or put our defense out there who had just come off a great drive and they were fired up, to put them back on the field. So it was just my decision to do that.”

Pederson talking about learning lessons from the loss, and he said: “I think just, for me, staying aggressive, No. 1.”

But nothing he did late in that game suggested aggressive, and made him look like nothing more than the star student at the Andy Reid School of Late-Game Clock Management. Which, of course, is the one he attended.

15 responses to “Doug Pederson wants to be more “aggressive” after night of passive calls

  1. Punting is forgivable. Trying that FG with no time left in a half is worthwhile. Trying it with 6 minutes left in an one score game is completely different.

    But not calling that TO? Why? Why? Why? There is simply no good reason. Oh, because you had already decided to go to OT? Okay. Got it. Next time why don’t you decide to try and win. That’s a better strategy.

    The ghost of Andy Reid strikes again.

  2. What does Lurie have against hiring a coach that isn’t a moron? One of the most frustrating games I’ve seen in years. Pederson did everything in his power to lose that game. Andy Reid 2.0

  3. I’m going to say this even though I know I’m in the vast minority… Dak needs to sit when Romo comes back. Yes I understand that you don’t want to screw up a good thing however these last two games have shown that he is vulnerable to turnovers in critical moments. Zeke and that monster of an o-line deserves the credit thus far. Dak is the future and a bright one at that. Romo is the present.

  4. Stupid play calling cost you the game you had 2nd and 1 twice in the fourth quarter and one play was thrown behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. And the other was a trick play for nothing run the ball and get the first down

  5. The key question that lingers is whether Pederson will learn from this or will he be the same exact
    coach decade after decade like his mentor?

    The contrast in aggression showed when the Cowboys could have kicked a FG on 4th and short in overtime but went for it instead, got the 1st down with the QB sneak, and soon after scored the winning TD.

    As an Eagles fan who expected a really bad rebuilding year this season, I’m still happy with the progress the team’s making. They can compete with the good teams but they can still get a lot better. Lots of room for improvement remains.

  6. as long as he learns and gets better about play calls and TO’s, etc… if we see this crap continually, we’re in trouble!
    It was just like ANDY last night, lots of facepalms, all night long!

  7. I am not sure why they didn’t attempt the FG. Dallas had been moving the ball on their defense.

    Really lousy play calling. When you start to get conservative, that’s exactly when you lose much of the time.

  8. Are those of you focusing on Pederson as the cause of this loss forgetting that there are guys on the field who actually play the game?

    Pederson did somethings that I don’t like.

    But they had a ten point lead and the defense couldn’t get off the field. It was as if the defense forgot how to play.

    How that is Pederson’s fault is beyond me.

  9. While bad play calling and time management help my boys get the win, the biggest factor in my honest opinion was dropped passes. Holy crap we were gifted the ball on several, easily caught by professional paid millions of dollars, throws. We to was crazy accurate, and over 50 percent of his misses were because his receivers can’t hold on to the ball. When the announcers call you “pedestrian” at you job, maybe you get to work on your game.

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