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Doug Pederson now admits that he shouldn’t have stumbled in the final seconds of the Eagles’ bizarre 23:23 tie against Bengals Sunday.
Pederson started guessing himself immediately after the game, but on Monday morning, during his weekly appearance on the 94 WIP Morning Show, Pederson said there were 19 seconds left – on a 4th and 12th of the 49-yard Bengals line after Matt Pryor’s penalty – he should have given Carson Wentz and the offensive a shot to get 12 yards and a first down instead of guaranteeing a tie-off.
“You go from 4th and 7th to 4th and 12th, it’s a difficult thing,” Pederson said. “In hindsight, you probably put it in your quarterback̵
Since 2016, when Pederson became the Eagles’ head coach, the Eagles have made 4th-place NFL highs 102 times and converted 52 times for 51 percent. This year they are 0 against 3.
Under Doug, the Eagles are 2-on-4 on the 4th and 12th or longer, with both conversions coming last year – a 17-yard Wentz deal against Ertz against the Vikings on a 4th-and-15 and a 43- Yard completion at Nelson Agholor on the 4th and 14th against the Hawks.
The non-conversions were a pass for Darren Sproles against the Packers in 2016 on 4th and 29th and JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s goal-line drop against the Lions last year on 4th and 15th.
“I hate the fact that the game came down to this one game,” said Pederson. “We should have won the game. Probably in regulation when I look back. “
Pederson alluded to the Eagles’ offensive problems this year and the poor record in fourth place, as far as there were reasons to jump off.
The Eagles’ three failed 4th-down attempts that year were a sack on a 4th-and-4 against Washington, an incompleteness for Ertz on a 4th-and-3 against Washington, and an incompleteness for Dallas Goedert against the Rams.
The Eagles played late Sunday with no injured Goedert and DeSean Jackson and no inactive Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery.
What went into the decision?
“Things that go into the decision: I think we haven’t converted a fourth down other than a quarterback sneak all season, so our execution there was just a little missing,” said Pederson. “But when I look back, I would have probably gone the other way and taken a chance, maybe a shot into the field and the ball up in the air. I am obviously looking back with clear eyes this morning. A lot could have happened. DPI, illegal contact, could have been an offensive matter, could have been a sack. There are a lot of things that go into these pieces. But yeah, when I look back, that’s probably what I would do. “
When Pederson showed on Sunday that he didn’t trust his offensive to play a crucial game at the end of the game, he felt that there was a better chance something would go wrong and that the Bengals would have a chance to go ins without them Go Field A time out as a first down and a field goal.
“Not at all,” said Pederson. “I still trust the boys, I still believe in the boys, and these are things we will learn from. I will learn from it. I’ve never been in this position as a coach to make that decision at the end of the game and these are things that we keep training and things that we keep teaching. That’s why we’re getting into this business. I’ve made 92 other decisions offensively in this game and a few more, and that’s what matters. It comes down to making those one or two right decisions and that’s up to me. “