Eagles HC Doug Pederson says there’s no ‘magic’ formula for his or Andy Reid’s success
The Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds when they managed to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. One of the biggest reasons they managed to pull off their unlikely feat was the wizardry of head coach Doug Pederson.
Pederson, an heir to Andy Reid, is credited with making a number of gutsy, game-winning calls. However, he said during an appearance on Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City that a definitive way to win does not exist:
“I don’t think there’s any kind of pixie dust,” Pedersen said. “I don’t think there’s any magic, a magic wand, whatever. I just think you get in there, you roll up your sleeves and you go to work. You build trust with your players. You build relationships with your guys. You allow your coaches to coach, which I learned from Andy Reid. He let us coach. He let us take the game plan to the players and execute that. Just be up front and be honest with the players, and that’s what they want. They want that from their head coach. Andy, that’s where I learned it from – from him, and of course Mike Holmgren when I played in Green Bay.”
Pederson’s comments may seem a bit vague. However, they are indicative of what truly goes into achieving the ultimate team goal in sports. There are a number of factors that must go right for a team to win the Super Bowl.
Although Philadelphia was in the midst of a spectacular 2017 campaign, the consensus essentially gave them no chance to last in the playoffs without quarterback Carson Wentz. Pederson was forced to make some minor adjustments for Foles, and the rest is history.
That said, it is still a bit far-fetched to assume that a little hard work is all it takes. There are 32 organizations busting their tails to win a championship. Yet, only a few select teams, like the New England Patriots, actually find themselves in a position to contend each year. Perhaps head coach Bill Belichick would beg to differ from Pederson’s comments.