What happened Doug??????
6 November 2016 Eagles News
The Eagles fell to the New York Giants 28-23. They had a chance to win the game, but Carson Wentz misthrew a pass to Jordan Matthews. Looking back on the game, the Eagles had every chance to win. Play calling is yet again a hot topic in Philadelphia. Let’s look at some of the controversial calls.
Firstly, it was 4th and 2 on the NYG 23. At this point in the game, the score was 14-3. If the Eagles take the points, it would have been just about a one score game. Instead, Coach Doug Pederson decides to go for it. The play call was atrocious. Wentz had already run the option a couple of times, it was the first play the Giants were looking for. The play failed, and the Giants took over. Terrible call.
Just three drives later, the game has gotten to 21-10. It is now 4th and 1 on the NYG 6. Everyone was screaming for the Eagles to take the points. However, Doug Pederson would not let the first fail haunt him, he had to redeem himself. The play design was actually pretty good. But, the Eagles chose to run with their speed back, Darren Sproles. That play failed and once again, the Eagles fail on 4th down with points available. Again, terrible.
I have to pose this question, Was the second 4th down attempt the product of Doug wanting to boost his ego. Because it seemed to me he wanted to redeem himself a little.
The Eagles shortly had another kick blocked a little later in the game. With that being said, the Eagles left nine points on the field. At least six of them should have been converted by the Eagles. However, just three of those points would have put the Eagles in a good position to win the game.
What happened Doug? Sometimes it is better to take the points that are given to you. At the end of the day, your play calls cost the Eagles this game.
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