We’ve heard the critics. He can’t call a game. He worries about analytics too much. He has no feel for the game. He throws the ball too much. He’s too aggressive on fourth down. He’s gonna get Carson Wentz killed. He’s dumb and so on and so on. I’ve even chimed in, particularly on the goal line play calling this past week.
Well, Doug Pederson just gave us all a huge helping of SHUT THE F*CK UP!
This may have been Doug’s coming out party.
The Eagles were supposed to lose this week against the Chargers. Vegas had them as an underdog against an 0-3 team. The Eagles were coming off an emotionally draining and exciting last-minute win against Divisional foes the New York Giants. Then, they had to go cross-country. Everything was set up for a let down. And, in the face of all of that adversity, Doug Pederson rallied the troops and called his best game of his coaching career.
In case you haven’t noticed, here is how the Eagles offense stacks up against the rest of the league.
-The Eagles rank #2 in the NFL in total yards with 1570 yards, behind only New England’s 1695.
-The Eagles rank 11th in Total Passing Yards with 998 passing yards WHILE being tied with the Denver Broncos for 2nd most total rushing yards in the NFL with 572 yards. Only Jacksonville has more rushing yards at 595.
-The Eagles Total Points of 103 ranks as the 6th most points in the NFL.
-The Eagles have converted 51% of their 3rd downs. That ranks second in the NFL behind the Carolina Panther’s 52%.
-The Eagles lead the NFL in Time of Possession/Game with 35:29.
Even with offensive statistics among the top in the NFL, Jim Schwartz’s defense tends to garner more praise. That’s to be expected. Philly loves defense and the Eagles are a top 11 defense in most categories.
Doug seems to be doing most everything right and the players play for him. The could have and should have come out flat against the Chargers and they didn’t. That’s a testament to Doug Pederson. Sure, he’s gonna have his bonehead moments. He’s a second year coach with no real head coaching experience.
For now, shut up and enjoy the season before making a judgement on whether Doug is right for this team or now because, for the time being, he’s Dougy Do Right. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Eagles are 3-1, in first place, and favored by almost a touchdown vs. the Cardinals next week.