Doug Pederson on Derek Barnett’s personal fouls: We have to be smarter

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Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett was fined $28,075 last week for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Jamaal Williams during Philly’s Week Four win and he may be hearing from the league in the wake of their Week Five win as well.

Barnett was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a low block on Jets guard Alex Lewis at the end of Nate Gerry‘s interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of a 31-6 Eagles win. Barnett had a similar penalty in Week Two and head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that Barnett “didn’t need to do it” while discussing the need to avoid such plays in the future.

“Derek and I have talked. We talk during the week. We talked during the game yesterday about it,” Pederson said. “Listen, it’s an emotional game and sometimes things escalate during the game. Having been out there and being around those guys, obviously you don’t ever want to be labeled as one of those type of athletes, but he’s aggressive. He plays hard. He plays to the whistle. I’m not going to take that away from him, obviously. We’ve just got to be smarter and it starts with me communicating that with the team and being a more disciplined football team that way.”

Should Barnett continue to accumulate fouls for illegal hits, he could run the risk of a suspension that would leave the Eagles shorthanded at some point this season. That doesn’t seem like an imminent possibility, but Pederson would prefer that the flags stop flying all the same.

10 responses to “Doug Pederson on Derek Barnett’s personal fouls: We have to be smarter

  1. If it’s not leading the NFL in drops hurting this team it’s the penalties.

    Unessecary Roughness penalties
    5 (most in NFL)

    Offsides penalties
    4 (most in NFL)

    Offensive holding penalties
    9 (6th most in NFL)

    Defensive pass interference penalties
    3 (7th most in NFL)

  2. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 8, 2019 at 8:43 am
    Derek should have been ejected for the hit on Jamaal Williams. Not saying that Derek is a dirty player, but that hit was clearly intentional.

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    Sitting in front of my TV I did not hear a whistle, so Barnett may not have either. I’m not saying it wasn’t excessive but he was penalized and fined. I don’t think it warranted anything more. Save the suspensions for that scumbag in Oakland.

  3. Peterson: “Derek and I have talked. We talk during the week. We talked during the game yesterday about it,”

    If the coach is doing this much talking about this issue with this player, then how is this a communication issue on the coaches part? It seems it might be a not listening part on the player’s part, but Doug saying I need to do a better job of communicating this issue to the team is just silly. Clearly he is talking to Barnett and the message isn’t being received.

  4. Derek should have been ejected for the hit on Jamaal Williams. Not saying that Derek is a dirty player, but that hit was clearly intentional.

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    Sitting in front of my TV I did not hear a whistle, so Barnett may not have either. I’m not saying it wasn’t excessive but he was penalized and fined. I don’t think it warranted anything more. Save the suspensions for that scumbag in Oakland.
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    Didn’t say he should be suspended, said he should have been ejected. Whether a whistle was blown is irrelevant. Williams was being held up, and Derek clearly targeted his head.

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