Doug Pederson bristles at reporters over quarterback questions

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An earlier item based on a real-time tweet suggested that Eagles coach Doug Pederson isn’t happy with reporters over the ongoing effort to find out whether Carson Wentz or Nick Foles will be starting at quarterback on Thursday night against the Falcons. The transcript and the video make it clear: He isn’t.

In a session that may say a lot more about the pressures of being the hunted than Pederson ever would admit, he displayed a surprising amount of frustration and multiple flashes of anger as he faced questions about whether it will be Wentz or Foles in only four days.

You can watch the video, or you can scan the transcript that was distributed by the team. The relevant portions appear below.

Q: Have you made a decision on who will be your starting quarterback? If so, who is it?

A: First of all, I appreciate y’all putting words in my mouth this week. Therefore, I’m not going to discuss it.

Q: How were words put in your mouth?

A: You saw the reports. Next question.

Q: Who here put the words in your mouth?

A: Next question.

Q: What reporter here put words in your mouth?

A: I’m not answering the question.

Q: I know, but you said, “You.”

A: As a group.

Q: That makes no sense. You’re not going to lump us all together, are you?

A: Appreciate it. Yeah, thanks a lot. I’m going to lump you all together.

Q: What is the point of this?

A: Exactly. What is the point of this? It’s my decision.

Q: You’re not going to discuss your decision?

A: No, not publicly. Not publicly. I don’t do that. I don’t do it with any position on this team. I will not do it.

Q: Was Carson Wentz cleared for contact?

A: He is not. Not yet. Not yet.

Q: If he hasn’t been cleared, is it your decision to even make?

A: My decision to make?

Q: I mean, if he hasn’t been cleared for contact, wouldn’t he. . . .

A: We got a lot of days left.

Q: So, if he is cleared today or tomorrow, he has enough time to prepare for the Falcons, if that was the scenario?

A: We’ll see.

Q. Is your refusal to talk about it based on competitive advantage?

A: A little bit. Yeah, a little bit. [We are] trying to win a football game. I don’t want to put my game plan out there for everybody to see it and read it and teams can scheme. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense. So, I appreciate it.

Q. Who will take the first-team reps today?

A: I’m not going to discuss it. . . .

Q: When will your quarterbacks talk with the media this week? Are you concerned that you’re placing them in a situation in which they’ll have to answer questions about who is taking which reps?

A: I’m sure that day will come. I’m sure. I’m sure you’re probably going to ask. . . .

Q: The quarterback who you’ve decided upon has taken pretty much all the reps at practice today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Is that correct?

A: That’s usually how it works. Yes.

That last answer makes this entire exercise even more bizarre. Someone will say to someone else whether it’s Foles or Wentz. (Someone already has, to a reporter who works for a media outlet partially owned by the Eagles.) And one or both of the two quarterbacks will be available to reporters, and they’ll be asked the question of whether and to what extent they’re preparing to play by practicing with the first-team offense.

Yes, Pederson would like to use this situation to his advantage. But it’s impossible to keep it secret until kickoff on Thursday night, and he’s only going to drive himself nutty by trying to figure it all out.

58 responses to “Doug Pederson bristles at reporters over quarterback questions

  1. Good for Pederson. Maybe he doesn’t want to answer the question because he wants to give his team the best chance to win. I can deal with that. The reporters are there to report the news, not create the news. I’m glad Pederson is setting everyone straight on this.

  2. It’s got nothing to do with ‘being the hunted’ it’s got more to do with the irritating Philly best writers who act like they’re above the team. He’s answered these questions a hundred times already

  3. charliecharger says:
    September 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Good for Pederson. Maybe he doesn’t want to answer the question because he wants to give his team the best chance to win. I can deal with that. The reporters are there to report the news, not create the news. I’m glad Pederson is setting everyone straight on this.

    ——

    Absolutely 100% spot on. Now if only the media could accept that the coach’s primary job is to win games, not to create sound bites and content for the media…

  4. Pederson’s honeymoon is over. If he can’t stand the heat, tell him to get out of the kitchen.
    He stood by grinning like a village idiot when Jason Kelce went off on his profanity-laced tirade at their victory celebration. I think that said more about Pederson than anything else he has done. So this mini fit he threw doesn’t surprise me one bit. He better get a new hat, because his head is becoming too big for that one.
    I say again — the Eagles will not win the Super Bowl again. They do not have the mental make up it takes to repeat.
    And though I was born in Philadelphia and have 3 brothers who are big Eagles fans, I will be happy to see them fall.

  5. is the nicest coach in the NFL starting to become an a-hole?
    I guess living in Philly will rub off on ya eventually.

  6. Pederson, dude, you not gon’ repeat. Seahawks 2013-2014 were a better team than the Eagles: they made The Big Game (Super Bowl) back-to-back — won SB 48 over Broncos/big bro Manning (Peyton), but still lost SB 49 to Belicheat/TB12.

    So, stop stressin’ out ‘cause Eagles not doin’ it again this year, man lol

  7. “The reporter’s are badgering him.

    No. Pederson is refusing to answer legitimate questions. Thus, those questions must be repeated or asked in slightly different ways in the hope of eliciting an answer.

    Part of a head coach’s job is communicating with the media. Without the media, the fans would never know what is going on with the team.

  8. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles is ready for the rhetoric to end and the games to begin. I think we start a bit rocky, but find our footing and emerge as the class of the NFC by mid-season.
    I will be travelling to L.A for the 12/16 game. Should have the division in hand by then and maybe looking at home field throughout.
    That is all.

  9. Peterson isn’t making the decision the doctors are and Carson hasn’t been cleared for contact. When you have been asked the same thing a 1000 tines in a 1000 different way it starts to wear on.anybody.

  10. collectordude says:
    September 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    Pressure starting to get to you,pederson?

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    Yes, after being the anger buffer in Green Bay between Holmgren and Brett Favre, Doug can’t handle these reporters. It’s killing him.

    After going for it on 4th down like it’s his job all season last year, pressure is getting to him now.

    OR, maybe it’s really annoying when three Philadelphia reporters quote you as saying Foles is your starter week one, which is exactly what happened.

    Is common sense ever going to get to you?

  11. As an Eagle fan I am the consumer for the content these journalists provide. I offer 2 comments:

    1) I don’t need this information at this cost so SHUT UP already and ask better questions.
    2) Stop being an enemy of the team by trying to badger Pederson into feeding the Falcons information

    These clowns deserved the Belichick treatment.

  12. Wonder why pft ran a second story on this . Bottom line is this Doug you are the man , nick the faith is strong let’s play some football

  13. Pederson really shouldn’t stress so much over who knows what, since it’s already been leaked and the Falcons know who’s starting at QB. He should use his energy to get his team ready to play….something that they’ve been woefully bad at the entire preseason.

  14. .
    How Belichick handles such inquiries:

    Q: Have you made a decision on who will be your starting quarterback? If so, who is it?

    A. Our starters will be the first offensive group on the field. It will include the starting QB.
    .
    .

  15. Reporter: Doug, who will be starting QB Thursday night?
    Doug: I don’t know?
    Reporter: Why don’t you know?
    Doug: Because I don’t.
    Reporter: When will you know?
    Doug: As soon as I do?
    Reporter: Do what?
    Doug: Know.
    Reporter: Know what Doug?
    Doug: The answer to your question.
    Reporter: What was the question?
    Doug: I forget.
    Reporter: So did I!

  16. I loved the move, personally. I’m a big Belichick vs the media guy. I actually try to handle all the women in my life from my girlfriend to my mother in the same manner. There’s just no benefit to disclosing information to them, it’ll only come back to bite you. But anyway….I liked this because he just point-blanked them. People dance around too much and are too polite towards overstepping media members. As much as we all come here for it, franchises owe ZERO information to the fans and media alike, we’re fortunate to get anything. Their job is to put a good product on the field three hours a week. I think we all feel a little too entitled a lot of the time. And while Belichick takes the terse, empty answer route, I like that Pederson just spelled it out, like “hey dummy…we don’t want anyone to know what we’re going to do next Sunday, why in the world would we want to clear up any confusion as to who is playing or not before we’re obligated to???” Love it.

  17. BB does the same thing. And that’s ok ??? Great job Doug. Do what you need to do. Don’t tell them anything that could give any other team any type of an advantage.

  18. Doug answered every question last year looking to be in the good graces of the Philadelphia media,,now he has changed , he feels he his beyond approah ,,,and Iam sorry he brought this on himself ,,,when you exclaim “This is the new norm “ well guess what,, questions are geared to you as if you are going to win another championship !

  19. let someone ask you the same dumb question multiple times and see how you react.

    LOL I guess this is the stuff that comes with winning the SB. No wonder Belichick is so sour.

  20. What Doug Pederson really wanted to say to the reporters at the press conference, but didn’t:

    “Listen, you morons, I just won a Super Bowl so don’t question my methods. When I want you to know who the quarterback is, then you’ll know. Until then, just shut up and do your job….whatever the hell that is”.

  21. Without the media, you chuckleheads wouldn’t know what was going on with your teams. The league network isn’t going to give you the factual news, just enough for your fantasy league. People want to know what the Super Bowl champions are doing. The game MVP and one of the better young QBs are on the same team, why wouldn’t you want to know? No one is trying to undermine their phony unity, they just want to know who the starter is.

  22. wiitrainingcamp says:
    September 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    charliecharger says:
    September 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Good for Pederson. Maybe he doesn’t want to answer the question because he wants to give his team the best chance to win. I can deal with that. The reporters are there to report the news, not create the news. I’m glad Pederson is setting everyone straight on this.

    ——

    Absolutely 100% spot on. Now if only the media could accept that the coach’s primary job is to win games, not to create sound bites and content for the media…

    —————————————————————————————

    You guys are typical fans of pro sports. You don’t realize that it’s because of the media that these guys are worshiped the way they are and make the money they make.
    I am old enough to remember the NFL when it was a local product only. You only heard about your home team and saw your home team’s games on tv. There was very little coverage of any other teams, other than the scored of their games. And there was no ESPN, or NFL Channel, nor any other sports channel to scrutinize the game the way it is scrutinized today (which is now 24-7).
    When I was growing up, 90% of the players got jobs after the season was over to make extra money. So these players and coaches should be very grateful for these reporters, most of whom make barely enough money to support their families.
    It’s funny — Pederson loved standing up and talking to the press when the Eagles magical run was taking place last year. He couldn’t get enough tv time. But now, because a guy asked him a totally legitimate question, he got his panties all twisted. It’s the typical “how dare you?” attitude that so many players and coaches have.
    The reporters have a right to ask questions which they feel their readers will want to know about. If Pederson can’t handle that, tell him to go back to holding a clipboard for Brett Favre.

  23. I think it’s funny how people say the Eagles won’t repeat. Wow… You’re really going out on a limb there. Keep hating guys. I’m the type of person to wait and see but It’ll be even more sweet if they actually do repeat.

  24. campcouch says:
    September 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Without the media, you chuckleheads wouldn’t know what was going on with your teams. The league network isn’t going to give you the factual news, just enough for your fantasy league. People want to know what the Super Bowl champions are doing. The game MVP and one of the better young QBs are on the same team, why wouldn’t you want to know? No one is trying to undermine their phony unity, they just want to know who the starter is.

    —————————————

    False. Back to the couch with you.

  25. The media has too much power in this country. It might be time to knock them down a peg or two. Just because it’s your job doesn’t mean the interviewee has to answer every question with a smile on his face, or risk 1000 media outlets trying to generate outrage to get the guy fired.

  26. His “honeymoon is over?”

    It’s not a honeymoon when everyone in town thought the team should’ve hired Adam Gase, tom Coughlin, or ben Mcadoo instead of you but you turn the team around in two years and win a Super Bowl, anyway.

    He’s not in the honeymoon phase anymore. He has earned the right to tell the media where to shove it, that’s all.

    “Honeymoon over…”. That’s laughable.

  27. Wentz ACL happened in November he won’t be ready till Dec/Plsyoffs let’s not kid ourselves. These reporters need to interview doctors on basic recovery and then ask coach question about Qb situation knowing Wentz won’t be back mid season realistically.

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