Pro Football Talk – The Eagles introduced coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday, only three days after his prior employer lost in the postseason to the highest-profile team Philly actually beat in 2015: The Patriots. Pederson’s welcome wagon consisted of a grilling regarding his role in the historically slow march to the end zone when the Chiefs were down by 14 points.
As MDS has pointed out, the Chiefs’ took more time than all but one of the 2,111 drives since 1998 in which a team trailed by 9-17 points with less than seven minutes to play. But it was Pederson, the offensive coordinator, not coach Andy Reid who called the plays during the drive that started with 6:29 to play and ended after 5:16 had evaporated.
‘It took us time because No. 1, we did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back,’ Pederson said. ‘We knew we were going to score. We knew we had timeouts and time.”
Look, I don’t know Doug Pederson from Doug Funnie. For all I know he’s going to be the next Bill Walsh and give press conferences like the love child of Bill Parcells and Amy Schumer But that is without a doubt one of the worst explanations for bad coaching ever uttered.
I mean, he honestly fixed his mouth to push out the sound that formed the words “we did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back”? With his team down by two touchdowns? We all saw the Chiefs running plays with all the urgency of state workers making overtime money and assumed the moment was too big for their coaching staff. But I had no idea they were so panicked they couldn’t think straight. By Pederson’s logic, time on the game clock is relative in a such a way that it runs differently for different quarterbacks. That it’s really elastic like in Einstein’s concept of space-time or something out of a “Rick and Morty” adventure gone horribly wrong.
I don’t have a dog in the Philadelphia Eagles fight. I mention it here just as a reminder of how good we have it. That whatever judgments the Patriots coaches make that you disagree with, at least you know they’ve done their homework, are thinking rationally and can defend their logic. Unlike an alarming number of other coaches who’ve spent their lives in the game but still get absolutely dumbfounded by a simple thing like how clocks work. My only regret is that he’s going to Philly because he’d be a perfect fit in the AFC East.
DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.