Eagles say they prepared for special teams trick plays all week

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The Dolphins had the play of the day in the NFL on Sunday, a trick play on special teams that saw punter Matt Haack throw a touchdown pass to kicker Jason Sanders. The Eagles may have looked like they were caught flatfooted on the play, but coach Doug Pederson said after the game that they knew a trick play was coming on special teams.

Pederson said Dolphins special teams coordinator Danny Crossman likes fake punts and fake field goals, and they figured something tricky was coming. Unfortunately, when the fake came, the Dolphins executed better than the Eagles.

We knew that coming in here that this is one of the more sort of gadget plays special teams coordinators and teams that we have faced, and our guys were prepared during the week for anything they presented us,” Pederson said, via PennLive.com. “Again, just great execution on their part.”

This was the third consecutive game in which the Eagles gave up a trick play touchdown: Two weeks ago, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed the ball across the field to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who threw to Philip Dorsett in the end zone. Last week, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tossed the ball to running back Chris Carson, who tossed the ball back to Wilson, who hit Malik Turner in the end zone for a touchdown.

Whether it’s preparation or execution, the Eagles are struggling to stop trick plays.

17 responses to “Eagles say they prepared for special teams trick plays all week

  1. By prepare they meant didn’t practice at all because that’s what it looked like and has the past couple of weeks

  2. Because guys who have prepared for fakes all week always let kickers run behind them into the end zone?

  3. The offense was the only phase of the game the Eagles looked like they were competent and even though they scored 31 points they left some easy completions on the field.

    If they weren’t saving Miles Sanders for the postseason they might have actually controlled the clock more when they were up by 2 TDs in the second half and prevented the come back.

    Also, for the defense, if the receiver is along the sideline and has to leap to catch the ball, don’t try to ineffectively jump for a ball you can’t reach, push the receiver out of bounds. Other teams do it all the time, the Eagles seem content to let the receiver come down within inches of the sideline.

  4. “our guys were prepared during the week for anything they presented us,” Pederson said,

    He said “prepared during the week”, not alert and ready on Sunday. Big difference.

  5. People thought I was insane when I told them the eagles would lose to the dolphins. But I’ve been watching the Eagles for 35 years. This is EXACTLY the kind of game they’ve always blown over the years.

    When you talk about bottom tier nfl teams (ie: dolphins, skins, lions…etc), you must include the eagles on those lists. They are absolutely one of the three worst teams in the league.

  6. They Eagles might be the most head-scratching team in the entire league. Lots of teams have a down year after a Super Bowl plus they had tons of injuries last season so they get a pass for that, but this should have been their year to getting back into contention. But they’re crazily uneven from one game to the next and you have no idea who is going to show up. Some weeks the offense is non-existent, other times the defense takes the week off, sometimes nobody at all plays well.

  7. “We knew that coming in here that this is one of the more sort of gadget plays special teams coordinators and teams that we have faced, and our guys were prepared during the week for anything they presented us,” Pederson said, via PennLive.com. “Again, just great execution on their part.”

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    You can’t say stuff like that and expect to be taken seriously… Did he really think saying they prepared all week for trick plays after getting embarrassed by a bad team on a trick play was a good idea? Some of these coaches have to realize what comes out of their mouths.

  8. I don’t know who to too for to win that division. The Eagles are arrogant blowhards and Jerry Jones is begging to be humiliated. I think he truly believes — and we’ll cross that bridge — th a the Cowboys will be the only team to win SB after having been eliminated fro postseason play.

  9. baldingerspinky says:
    December 2, 2019 at 9:46 am
    Fire Doug. He’s the next coach claps. He’s a joke and without Frank Reich he is inept and at best Andy Reid 2.0. He stinks and they need a capable coach.

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    reich is in last palce without doug so your invalid eagles won with foles last year without reich so again yiour invalid

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