Doug Pederson speaks out on late-game decision to punt vs. Bengals
A crucial decision in crunch time might have kept the Philadelphia Eagles from having their first victory of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson chose to punt instead of giving quarterback Carson Wentz a shot to pick up 12 yards and a first down. The Week 3 game eventually ended in a stalemate at 23-all.
Pederson reflected on his decision and how he could’ve done better to lead the team to its first win in 2020:
“You go from 4th-and-7 to 4th-and-12, it’s a tough thing,” he said.
“Looking back, you probably put it in your quarterback’s hands to win the game. Zach (Ertz) was having a decent second half and some of the guys, and you look back at it and you go, ‘Let’s trust those guys and put it in their hands.’ But 4th and 12, to overcome that, it’s got to take 11 guys doing the right thing.”
The gunslinger tallied 225 passing yards on 29/47 passes completed with a rushing touchdown and an interception. Rookie playmaker Jalen Hurts saw limited action in the game as he rushed for eight yards on two carries.
Running back Miles Sanders led the ground game with 95 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Fourth-year wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. performed and had 72 receiving yards on 8 touches along with a touchdown while tight end Zach Ertz contributed 70 receiving yards on 7 receptions.
The draw dropped the Eagles to a poor 0-2-1 record to sit at third place in the NFC East division. The team will have a few days to learn from their errors as they aim to steal a win as they visit the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4.