Doug Pederson prefers joint practices to preseason games


Add Doug Pederson to the list of coaches who think the current preseason set-up isn’t conducive to preparation for the regular season.

The Eagles coach said he gets more from joint practices — like the ones he’s having with the Ravens this week — than he will from Thursday’s game or any other preseason game.

“Sometimes you don’t get all the situations in a game that you’d like to see your players in,” Pederson said, via Zack Rosenblatt of “So practices, I can set practices up that way. I can set them up hard. I can set them up where we’re in pads, or going live, whatever it might be that we can really get a true evaluation of a player.

“The only real change from a game to a practice is in a game you don’t get to do it over. At least in a practice setting, if we make a mistake, we can line up and do it again, and so we can correct that mistake right away. In pre‑season games we can’t do that. We get a little bit better evaluation in practice in that case.”

Of course, until Pederson comes up with a way to make up for the revenue, his preference might not matter to his boss and his boss’s business partners. But he does think things are moving in that direction, and from his football perspective, that’s a good thing.

“As coaches, we get to set the situations,” he said. “We get to control the environment and sometimes you don’t get those in games. You don’t get that situation in a game and this way we can control that and work on specific things and get some really good work done with our starters.”

Pederson hasn’t played quarterback Carson Wentz in the preseason and isn’t likely to, and most of his offensive starters haven’t played at all so far.

8 responses to “Doug Pederson prefers joint practices to preseason games

  1. Winning. Losing. Players. Coaches. Staff. Employees. Fans. None of that matters. Revenue and dollars. Sure, you need all of the former to get to the latter, but the bottom line is all that matters.

  2. You can totally get more out of a joint practice. Its at a slower speed and you can control the environment. The only thing a scrimmage is good for is unexpected/real game types of situations.

  3. I’d rather as a fan go to 2 days of joint practices than attend one game. If I didn’t like 800 miles away from my favorite team I’d do it every preseason. Probably vastly cheaper too.

  4. What “revenue?” OK sure, some “revenue” is generated but certainly no or little profits. No company does anything purely for revenue unless it facilitates future profits or fills gaps between normal profit cycles, and these games do not.

  5. The NFL should convert to two 2-day joint practices, one home and one away. They should still charge the season ticket holders for this event as if it was a pre-season game, but make it into a fun event for the ticket holders. They could have autograph signing periods, create some competition events for the fans, set up food vendors, etc. It would actually be way more interactive and fun for the season ticket holders is the league approached it uniformly and correctly.

    Then reduce the preseason to just two games that are for evaluating the bubble players in real game time situations. There are just some players who perform better in game situation then they appear in practice and you need to get inexperienced guys like rookies and second year players over the big lights game time jitters as best you can.

  6. Maybe preseason doesn’t matter for established veterans that have been in the same system for a few years, but you can’t tell me a real game (even in an exhibition game) isn’t a different experience than a practice. I crush drives straight and far on the driving range, but when I get on the golf course I don’t perform nearly as well. Sometimes there’s no substitute for real game-like situations.

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