Doug Pederson just finished his Friday morning news conference and he emphasized that he doesn’t need his players to try to do more than their job. He doesn’t want offensive players trying to do more than their assignment because Nick Foles is the team’s starting quarterback and not Carson Wentz.
This starts with Foles. He doesn’t want him trying to be Wentz. Pederson explained it by talking about how Foles relies more on dumping the ball to his running backs when he doesn’t see anything downfield. Wentz tries to buy time with his legs, if he doesn’t see anything coming open downfield. He wants Foles to play to his strengths.
Pederson doesn’t want the defensive players abandoning their assignments and trying to do more than the defense is designed for them to do. He wants everybody to go out there and do their jobs as they were doing when Wentz was at the quarterback position.
Pederson feels Foles has the benefit of having plenty NFL experience. He is confident Nick knows what it takes to win. The coach said he and Foles have talked a great deal about the game plan and plays that Nick feels will work. They didn’t have a night meeting like Pederson has been having with Wentz, but the head coach made it clear that he and Foles are on the same page.
Pederson said he feels good about the fact that the team has clinched the NFC East title, but he’s not going to start thinking about when to start resting his team until they clinch the bye and/or home field advantage. He and the team are focused on beating the Eli Manning-led Giants.
The Eagles head coach feels former Eagles defensive coach and current Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo will have his football team ready to play. He’s also expecting for Spags to blitz Foles.