Eagles feeding off the confidence of their coach

Ed Benkin
October 17, 2019 - 8:39 am
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson talk before the start of a game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Coach Doug Pederson is showing faith in his players. The Eagles have their coach's back.

On Monday on the 94WIP Sports Radio Morning Show, Pederson said the Eagles will win their game in Dallas on Sunday night. Pederson later clarified it was not a guarantee, but his players were happy to hear how their leader rallied his troops. Tight end Zach Ertz reminded everyone that they stand behind their coach and have no issues with his comments.

"I love it," said Ertz. "I love playing for Coach. Whatever he says, I'm behind him 100%. I'm not going to flinch about anything he says, because I believe in him 100%, the same way everyone in this locker room feels. Whatever he says, we're going to ride with."

Pederson was asked on Wednesday if there was any type of extra message to his players with his comments. The head coach again indicated it was simply a validation of his confidence in his players. For Pederson, it was also a chance to realize that there is plenty of football left and that his team can finish strong after a 3-3 start.

"I feel like we just have to continue to work," Pederson said. "We're six weeks in. This is Week 7. Really, you look up and you have a 10-game season in front of you, so nothing that's happened this week is any indication of how I feel about the football team. I still have full confidence in what we're doing and in my coaches."

Carson Wentz was also happy to hear Pederson's vote of confidence. The quarterback believes it is simply a carryover from the culture that has been built in the Eagles' locker room. Wentz says Pederson's thoughts are simply a reflection of the mindset of his team. 

"I think it just demonstrates confidence," said Wentz. "We expect to win every time we step on the field. That's just the mindset that we have. We always talk about 'win the day,' 'win the practice,' 'win each week.' That's just the mindset and the culture that we have. It's no different every week."

Every NFL coach receives his share of criticism no matter how successful they are during their career. However, no one can ever question Pederson's ability to relate to his players. After winning a Super Bowl two seasons ago, Pederson helped the Eagles rise from the dead last year to make another trip to the post-season. 

Pederson's comments have likely reached the bulletin board in the Dallas locker room, but the Eagles will take the trade-off of hearing the confidence of their coach. Now, players such as Brandon Graham will have to head down to Jerry Jones' billion-dollar stadium and take care of business. 

"I understood what he was saying," Graham said. "It's the confidence that we all play with because of him. I'm excited to be able to go down there in Jerry's World and go compete."