But let’s look at the job Pederson did on Sunday against the Chiefs a little more closely.
The Chiefs game was not a game that the Eagles were expected to win. Hell, most people you talk to would have believed that Kansas City would have beaten the Eagles rather handily.
But Pederson’s Eagles weren’t a pushover on Sunday. They came out, they battled, and had a chance to pull off the upset. Pederson’s young team and second-year quarterback were ready to play, and handled themselves with a commendable amount of poise entering one of the NFL’s most hostile environments.
Does Pederson get any credit for the way Carson Wentz handled himself on Sunday on the road against a top defense? How about for how rookie Mack Hollins was worked into the offense? Or how about how Zach Ertz has been used through two games?
Still not feeling a little more forgiving?
Let’s look at the rest of the head coaches in the division.
How good of a job did Jason Garrett do for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday? Going into a situation almost identical to that of the Eagles, Garrett’s second-year quarterback and vaunted offense completely folded and weren’t the least bit competitive against the Denver Broncos.
How about offensive guru Ben McAdoo? McAdoo’s Giants haven’t scored more than 20 points in a game since November 27th of last season. New York went out and added Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram to a passing attack that already featured elite weapon Odell Beckham and promising second-round pick Sterling Sheppard, and McAdoo has coached the talented weapons to a grand total of 13 points through two games.
And with regards to McAdoo, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of how bad a job he’s done so far. Say what you will about Doug Pederson abandoning the run, but jeez, at least the Eagles didn’t do half of the ridiculous things that McAdoo had the Giants doing on Monday night.
After obtaining a first-and-goal at the Detroit one-yard line, the Giants immediately were flagged for holding. Three plays later, attempting to go for it on fourth and goal. McAdoo’s offense couldn’t even get the snap off in time, resulting in a delay of game and a field goal attempt instead.
Doug Pederson has certainly done some strange things that warrant criticism. Abandoning the run in Kansas City was troubling, but its not as though he brought no positives to the table on Sunday. Things could be much worse. Let’s see how things play out over the next few weeks before completely burying him.