Doug Pederson has Eagles Trusting the Process
Don't be surprised that Doug Pederson is a little surprised by his teams performance in their win over the Steelers.He isn't the only one, most NFL observers figured the Eagles were at best a middle-of-the-road team with a rookie head coach and a lame duck quarterback.
But three weeks into the season, what Pederson told his team back in May seems to be resonating with his players.
“I told the team way back in OTAs that it just takes a little bit of belief," Pederson said after the teams 34-3 win ob Sunday.
"Belief in themselves; trust the process; believe in the coaches and the coaches believe in one another. That’s what they did tonight. Am I surprised? A little. But at the same time, I know that locker room, I know those guys and I know what they are building. By no means have we accomplished anything yet; the season is still extremely young. But what they did tonight just proves that they are coming together as a football team.”
The coaches both offense and defense came up with a great game plan and the Eagles blew out the Steelers 34-3 on Sunday. The Eagles defense excelled, holding Pittsburgh to had just 29 yards rushing, they were out-gained by Philadelphia 426-251.
“We view every week as a measuring stick," Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz explained.
"We always try to just get better and go 1-0 every week. We’ve done a great job of just keeping it locked in one play at a time and one rep at a time. Everyone is starting to play kind of inspired football. Everyone is believing in each other and it’s been three great team wins. The defense is playing phenomenal, the special teams are doing a great job, and offensively we’re doing our part.”
Jim Schwartz's defense was aggressive all day, harassing Ben Roethlisberger all day, sacking him four times and picking him once. Fletcher Cox was around Big Ben the whole game. He had two sacks and a forced fumble.
Brandon Graham and Bennie Logan each had sacks and were around Roethlisberger a lot, helping to hold a team that came in averaging 31 points per game to just three points.
“Well that’s such a high-powered offense over there," Pederson stated. "We were able to put a little pressure on [QB] Ben [Roethlisberger] with our four-man rush and do a great job with the defensive line and then being able to just rally in the back end with our linebackers and with the secondary."
The defensive backs also played a great game, even without the services of Leodis McKelvin - they seemed to be everywhere in the secondary, flying around the ball. Every time Roethlisberger dropped back to throw it seemed like Malcolm Jenkins, Nolan Carroll, Jalen Mills and Ron Brooks made plays to knock balls away from receivers.
The Eagles first three drives all led to points, and Carson Wentz continued to impress, through three games the Eagles offense has yet to turn the ball over one time. Darren Sproles was a big factor in the passing game, catching all six balls for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Rookie Wendell Smallwood also had a big game, racking up 79 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Kenjon Barner rushed eight times for 42 yards and a touchdown.
This win was a total team win, players and the coaches.
The first two weeks were filled with, 'yeah they beat the Browns and Bears', this win matters, they beat a really good team, some people think the best team in the league.
Trust the process.