Doug Pederson: No comment on Jadeveon Clowney hit, I didn’t see it

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The Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks when Jadeveon Clowney made a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of a run.

No penalty flag was thrown on the play, which was a decision that many took issue with at the time. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked about the hit after the 17-9 loss, but he didn’t offer any opinion about whether it should have resulted in a flag.

“I didn’t see it. No comment. There’s nothing I can do about it,” Pederson said, via Mark Farzetta of 97.5 The Fanatic.

Cornerback Jalen Mills also said he didn’t see the hit on Wentz, but took issue with a roughing the passer call on Derek Barnett late in the first half that helped set up a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. Mills said, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, that the call was “B.S.,” so there was plenty for the Eagles to dislike about how things unfolded on Sunday.

67 responses to “Doug Pederson: No comment on Jadeveon Clowney hit, I didn’t see it

  1. No dog in the fight obviously as Pitt is at home. However, the hit was cheap. Clowney should be fined for it. End of story.

  2. If you hit a player going down like that with intentional helmet to helmet contact, you should be disqualified and suspended one game.

  3. Three of the most obnoxious fanbases have been escorted out of the playoffs. Saints, Eagles and Pats.Green Bay needs to send the 12th Men packing too, then we can get through the postseason in peace.

  4. danny woodson says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:30 pm
    Amazing how the trash backup 40 year old mccown has better passer rating this year than wentz should have kept foles

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    It’s actually not amazing seeing as Wentz threw 4 passes for the game. I’m not sure you have a firm grasp on how statistics work.

  5. Defending Clowney and blaming Wentz’s durability is about as ignorant as it gets. Eagles cruise past Seattle in this game hands down without Clowneys cheap shot, but haters will hang onto it as if Wentz could have done something different to prevent it. But that’s why haters sit on a couch and behind a cellphone screen. Best armchair coaches and commentators around. Wentz and Eagles will get stronger. Fly Eagles Fly.

  6. I saw it. It wasn’t flagged because the play was not illegal. It will be reviewed and we will ultimately know what the NFL thinks. I don’t expect a fine, much less a suspension.

    It was unfortunate that Wentz was hurt. Wish he hadn’t been knocked out and hopefully he is fine going forward, next season.

    Now; moving on to the Packers. Go Hawks!!

  7. Completely dirty and unnecessary hit. Clowney should be suspended the rest of the playoffs. He has a history of this kind of stuff and that was absolutely intentional.

  8. Clowney will almost certainly be fined. suspension possible but doubtful. As for disgusting fanbases, Green Bay will be dispatched next week but the Whiners will still be in the mix. Hard to say who is worst, Whiners, Packers or Vikings. But Saints are the worst in the league, hands down. what a bunch of cry babies, just like their coach.

  9. LOL@Cowboys fans..using the Nick Foles is better then Wentz thing after Wentz knocked your average QB out of the playoffs and holding your $90 MILLION dollar RB to 50 yards! Wentz took an obvious cheap shot to his head..that’s not Injury prone. Wentz and the Eagles took 3rd string and practice squad players to a NFC East title and home playoff game. Meanwhile back in Big D, there were playing video games (probably using the Eagles in Madden) in the their 10 million dollar homes…not in the playoffs.

  10. danny woodson says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:30 pm
    Amazing how the trash backup 40 year old mccown has better passer rating this year than wentz should have kept foles

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    Lol that’s just complete BS. You love making up stats.
    Wentz was 93.1 going into tonight. McCown was 72.1. McCown was 94.8 tonight. That doesn’t bump him above Wentz. Try again.

  11. CHURCHILL says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    Defending Clowney and blaming Wentz’s durability is about as ignorant as it gets. Eagles cruise past Seattle in this game hands down without Clowneys cheap shot, but haters will hang onto it as if Wentz could have done something different to prevent it. But that’s why haters sit on a couch and behind a cellphone screen. Best armchair coaches and commentators around. Wentz and Eagles will get stronger. Fly Eagles Fly.
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    As you just demonstrated. No shortage on ignorance. You are providing plenty in your post as well. It wasn’t a cheap shot, it was an accident.

  12. Completely dirty and unnecessary hit. Clowney should be suspended the rest of the playoffs. He has a history of this kind of stuff and that was absolutely intentional.
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    That’s a bald-faced lie. He has no history of that. Prove otherwise.

  13. CHURCHILL says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    Defending Clowney and blaming Wentz’s durability is about as ignorant as it gets. Eagles cruise past Seattle in this game hands down without Clowneys cheap shot, but haters will hang onto it as if Wentz could have done something different to prevent it. But that’s why haters sit on a couch and behind a cellphone screen. Best armchair coaches and commentators around. Wentz and Eagles will get stronger. Fly Eagles Fly.
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    Yeah well you know what they say: reality is for people who can’t handle drugs.

  14. Clowney will likely get fined for helmet to helmet. But it was certainly not a cheap shot. He wasn’t trying to hurt the guy.

    Now for all those screaming that the Eagles were playing a bunch of back-ups, let me remind you the Seahawks were playing with back-ups at center, LG, LT, TE and RB, not to mention their #3 receiver being out and their starting RB is the 4th string guy. They also had two starters on defense out and 3 others hobbled in their first game back after injuries, none of them 100%.

    So both teams had HUGE injury issues. Depth makes a huge difference in the NFL, especially in the post season. It’s usually the healthiest teams that make the deepest runs.

  15. If that’s not helmet-to-helmet targeting I don’t know what is. How anyone can watch that (except for despicable Seahwaks fans) and not see that was a cheap shot is beyond me. I can’t believe it wasn’t flagged. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a letter from the league office this week.

  16. Typical, cheap shot the opposing teams QB knock him out of the game, maybe a 15yd penalty easy win. Well played Pete.

  17. All the Eagle fans complaining about the accidental hit by Clowney.
    Give it up. Eagles lost by the same score as earlier in the season.
    Having Wentz would not have made a difference.

  18. Foles still has the only Eagle title since Norm Van Brocklin. Almost 60 years. I’m not sure why some Eagles fans diss Foles. He pretty much did the impossible and out dueled Brady in the SB. Wentz has had a mediocre career. Bad luck or whatever the reason. I’m rooting for him though. Hope he gets redemption.

  19. That used to be a given, QB leaves pocket, expect to take a shot. Now its an outcry for a suspension if qbs get hit hard at all. If Wentz had not taken that shot Seattle probably wins by 17. He was playing bad.

  20. I suppose I’m kind of surprised by the reaction. So many of you clowns want “tough guy football” yet when a DE makes a tackle from behind on a QB running away from him as he falls you all cry foul….? Not too sure what Clowney Is supposed to do in that spot, not tackle him? You guys sure are cute when you get angry

  21. Looked pretty cheap to me. There was no need to deliver the hit. In the end, no flag. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of action by the NFL. The helmet to helmet contact was avoidable.

  22. Liberalsruineverything says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:40 pm
    Clowney is a disgrace. That’s a blatant cheap shot. Pete Carroll sold his soul a long time ago at USC so he doesn’t care.
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    I watched Clowney’s post-game interview. He didn’t really seem all that disgraced. Maybe it will set in later?

  23. As a fan of the game, I felt cheated when Clowney intentionally knocked out Wentz. After that, it was like watching two fighters in a ring when one had been stabbed in the liver beforehand. Not fair. The NFL needs to implement more severe penalties for those types of hits; otherwise what will deter them? Even if 15 yard penalty or fined, it’s a small price to pay to knock out the QB in playoffs.

  24. How was that a cheap shot? Clowney was diving to tackle him and Wentz dove head first and they collided. How’s he supposed to stop in mid-air?

  25. Staedt88 says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:45 pm
    Completely dirty and unnecessary hit. Clowney should be suspended the rest of the playoffs. He has a history of this kind of stuff and that was absolutely intentional

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    Can I get you a tissue?

  26. It was a fair hit, and incidental. All Wentz had to do was slide and it wouldn’t have happened.

    Not like it would have made a difference anyway. The Eagles played 8 quarters at home against the Seahawks this year and didn’t score a touchdown.

    Cry Eagles Cry

  27. This thread is further evidence that most fanboys could not pass the required NFL Referee exam for employment. Dont quit your day jobs, fellas.

  28. the 40 year old washed up backup mccown had a better passer rating and completion percantage than wentz this year foles would have got them to superbowl this year wentz went 5-7 before injuires wentz now has zero playoff wins

  29. It’s football. Watch it again in real-time. Jadeveon was playing hard, that’s all.

    No one wants to see an injury, least of all the players. I’m glad the Hawks won, but I would have rather beaten Wentz.

    So who’s for a snow-game in Lambeau?

  30. boltschick says:
    January 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm
    As a fan of the game, I felt cheated when Clowney intentionally knocked out Wentz. After that, it was like watching two fighters in a ring when one had been stabbed in the liver beforehand. Not fair. The NFL needs to implement more severe penalties for those types of hits; otherwise what will deter them? Even if 15 yard penalty or fined, it’s a small price to pay to knock out the QB in playoffs.
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    How old are you? I was a fan of football when knocking opponents out of the game was the object of the game. We didn’t all live in our mom’s basement and play the victim card at every turn. How times have changed.

  31. bharvey2010 says:
    January 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm
    I suppose I’m kind of surprised by the reaction. So many of you clowns want “tough guy football” yet when a DE makes a tackle from behind on a QB running away from him as he falls you all cry foul….? Not too sure what Clowney Is supposed to do in that spot, not tackle him? You guys sure are cute when you get angry
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    Clowney left his feet and launched/speared his body head first into the back of Wentz head. Helmet to helmet. Pretty sure you can’t do that. You make it sound like clowney just tackled Wentz from behind and landed on him.

  32. Wentz didn’t slide or otherwise give himself up.
    You gotta question just how smart Wentz is. I mean it.
    It was a football play.
    Grow up and stop sniveling, it’s embarrassing.

  33. danny woodson says:
    January 5, 2020 at 9:32 pm
    the 40 year old washed up backup mccown had a better passer rating and completion percantage than wentz this year foles would have got them to superbowl this year wentz went 5-7 before injuires wentz now has zero playoff wins

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    You sure you don’t want to throw in any fake stats this time?

  34. That roughing the passer call on 3rd down they called on Barnett was absolute BS. Barnett was a split second away from sacking Wilson win he threw the ball for an incomplete pass Barnett took him down for what would have been a sack but clearly refrained from driving Wilson into the ground by extending both his arms to lessen the hit. There wasn’t a single other thing he could have done in that bang bang play. Would have been a field goal attempt, instead was an automatic first down at the 5. Terrible call. And this was well after “clown”y knocked wentz out of the game.

  35. bird2urmother says:

    Clowney left his feet and launched/speared his body head first into the back of Wentz head. Helmet to helmet. Pretty sure you can’t do that. You make it sound like clowney just tackled Wentz from behind and landed on him
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    Actually watch the video. He did tackle him from behind. Wentz was a runner and the contact was incidental.
    Sorry that the truth is inconvenient for you.

  36. Malcolm Jenkins should have been tossed from the Super Bowl for his ugly cheap shot against Brandin Cooks. Karma!

  37. ref shawn smith should be fined and suspended for complete stupidity……also clown clowney should be suspended for next week…..crooked refs make crooked calls…..dopey fans disagree with me…..smart ones agree.

  38. dukeearl says:
    January 5, 2020 at 9:57 pm
    bird2urmother says:

    Clowney left his feet and launched/speared his body head first into the back of Wentz head. Helmet to helmet. Pretty sure you can’t do that. You make it sound like clowney just tackled Wentz from behind and landed on him
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    Actually watch the video. He did tackle him from behind. Wentz was a runner and the contact was incidental.
    Sorry that the truth is inconvenient for you.
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    Actually I also watched the video and youre wrong. I never said he wasnt a runner. That had nothing to do with it. You still can’t spear a player head first into another players helmet launching your body and leaving your feet. Intentional or not. Sorry that the truth is inconvenient for you.

  39. It was unnecessary roughness and the hit was to intentionally knock the QB out of the game. I saw Myles Garret do it to Trevor Siemian earlier in the year. 15 yards is a small price to pay for knocking out the QB, and I’m sure Clowney was expecting a flag. I think maybe they should take a longer look at hits like this in the playoffs. If a QB has to leave due to a penalty, maybe other team should be forced to sit their QB until the injured player returns.

  40. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. In my opinion, Clowney dove like he was INTENTIONALLY trying to hurt Carson and angled the crown of his helmet to maximize the damage. He looked like a heat seeking missile. In my opinion, he should no longer be permitted to play in this league.

  41. Wentz and the Eagles took 3rd string and practice squad players to a NFC East title and home playoff game.

    The simple fact this team was even able to win their division with a trash record like that tells you how little that “division” win means… talk about a win by default..
    Signed, not impressed on the west coast

  42. How is it when your team hits another player its OK Remember GB game? But when Mr.Glass Wentz get hit before he’s on the ground the babies come out. You should be happy seeing the backup QB in at least he’s throws something else other then screen pass after screen pass after check down after check down. Me.Glass needs to learn to go feet first and take advantage of the rules to protect QBs instead if always trying to be a hero and costing his team. You wanna leave the pocket and not slide then be prepared to get hit. Was it late no not by any means Carson was still in the air when Clowney started and his hit. He was still off the ground when contact was made. Every week we argue that a player can’t change his motion split second in mid hit but today that changes and you expect Clowney to do it. Remember in the beginning of the season when Philly fans kept saying “We’re getting Clowney.” Sorry looks like Clowney got you instead

  43. Dear Doug: you’re a head coach in the NFL who watches the field like a hawk (or an Eagle in this case) especially when your team is on offense. You’re 25 yards away from the ball and the quarterback. Claiming you didn’t see the play is silly and easily disproved but also a bit cowardly as and when your players expect you to stick up for them.

  44. gobirds20 says:
    January 5, 2020 at 10:40 pm
    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. In my opinion, Clowney dove like he was INTENTIONALLY trying to hurt Carson and angled the crown of his helmet to maximize the damage. He looked like a heat seeking missile. In my opinion, he should no longer be permitted to play in this league
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    Watch it again after your emotions die down.

    Wentz was trying to break a tackle and got hit.

    No penalty tells you all you need to know.

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    chawk12thman says:
    January 5, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I saw it. It wasn’t flagged because the play was not illegal. It will be reviewed and we will ultimately know what the NFL thinks. I don’t expect a fine, much less a suspension.
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    No, we will not hear what the truth is… the NFL will not give themselves another black eye and admit the ref screwed up.
    The play was illegal when the Clown lowered his head to target the runners head. It would have been legal if he hadn’t lowered his helmet.

  46. Something not mentioned here is that Wentz had already been tackled by someone else. Clowney came diving in head-first to spear a guy who was already down. It was spearing, late hit, unnecessary roughness, and helmet to helmet. ANY and ALL of those could have been called. You don’t “incidentally” dive head first into people who are laying on the ground; it requires intent.

  47. The NFL hires highly intelligent, accomplished men to be referees. Lawyers, businessmen, who make critical decisions under pressure every day of their business life, critical judgments. Then the NFL takes all power to use that experience and judgment away from them.
    The Clowney hit, if nothing else, was totally UNNECESSARY. There’s a foul for that, if the NFL would let the refs use their brains and judgment. Ditto for UNSPORTSMANLIKE conduct.
    The NFL turns the refs into automatons, looking for specific criteria, instead of judging deciding, as anyone could see, that the hit was unnecessary, and unsportsmanlike. Simple. Let the refs be refs, not video analysts. They are smart enough and capable enough to make those calls IF THE NFL WOULD JUST LET THEM!

  48. Love to see so much controversy in every single game. What would we talk about without it?

  49. Clearly an intentional spearing by Clowney on the plAY. Should have been UC 15 yard penalty, with a warning that the next UC results in ejection.

    If Clowney doesn’t spear and concuss Wentz, and he stays in the game, does it change the outcome? It’s impossible to say, but the Eagles’ chances would have been improved, even though McCown played better than most would have expected.

    Regardless, Wentz needs to play smarter and with more awareness. Sliding feet first and losing another yard or 2 would have probably avoided the hit entirely, and he stays in the game.

    That does not excuse Clowney’s dirty play – or his disingenuous justification of it after the game – but Wentz has to understand that some guys will make dirty plays to shake up or knock a QB out of the game, and then anticipate those situations to protect himself.

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