Doug Pederson: Looking back, I should have gone for it on fourth down

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Upon further review, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson thinks he screwed up.

Pederson faced a fourth-and-12 with less than a minute to play in overtime of Sunday’s game against the Bengals and had a choice of kicking a 64-yard field goal, going for it or punting. Pederson chose to punt and said after the game that he did so because the other two options could have left the Bengals with a chance to win the game.

During a Monday appearance on WIP, Pederson said he’s had a change of heart.

“But looking back on it, I probably would have gone the other way,” Pederson said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com.

There are no do-overs for Pederson, so his team remains 0-2-1 as he tries to figure out the right moves to make in real time ahead of a two-game road trip to face the 49ers and Steelers.

11 responses to “Doug Pederson: Looking back, I should have gone for it on fourth down

  1. I don’t know, 4th and 12 is a big hill to climb and if they fail, Cincinnati takes over needing a max of around 30-35 yards to get into FG range and they’d have a minute or so left.

    Tough one.

  2. I would take that a step further and go for it on 4th and 7 before the false start. I like the odds of getting the 4th and 7 and kicking a 52 yarder better than I like the idea that Jake Elliott could replicate a once in a lifetime kick from 3 years ago.

    If this were the only bad decision Doug and his staff made Sunday, the eagles would’ve won in regulation. It’s becoming more apparent, as time goes on, that this team is stale in every imaginable way. Every aspect of this team is subpar aside from miles sanders and the kicking team. Doug Pederson, Press Taylor, Jim Schwartz and every other assistant besides Duce Staley should be fired at season’s end. I hope Lurie and Roseman act a year early rather than hang onto a hope that things turn around like the Falcons with Dan Quinn.

  3. This game was difficult to watch. I wish he did go for it, I would rather leave with another Loss than accepting a tie because the coaches are playing not to win.

  4. Clean house? You basically have a Division 2 QB as your starter.. Let’s not sugar coat that.. Alshon Jeffrey looks like Kelvin Benjamin, Jason Peters purposely gets hurt.. Its over Eagle Fans

  5. No… Really?

    The end of that game was a pathetic display by both teams. A couple of cowardly coaches going at it, both refusing to even attempt to win the game with less than a minute left in OVERTIME!

    And this is coming from a Vikings fan….

  6. Its becoming more and more evident every game ,that Frank Reich and Nick Foles were the PILLERS that got the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Im not writing Doug off yet, BUT Wentz is just a glorified division II player, and it shows.

  7. razzlejag says:
    September 28, 2020 at 8:26 am
    I don’t know, 4th and 12 is a big hill to climb and if they fail, Cincinnati takes over needing a max of around 30-35 yards to get into FG range and they’d have a minute or so left.
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    That’s incorrect. There were 19 seconds left in OT when the Eagles lined up for the FG. Neither team had any timeouts remaining. A missed FG would’ve given the ball to the Bengals at the Eagles 46-yard line with 10 seconds remaining. A better alternative is to try to convert the 4th and 12 (or do a Hail Mary). If you don’t convert, the Bengals get the ball at their own 45 with less than 10 seconds remaining. No way they convert.

    Doug made the wrong call.

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