Doug Pederson: 'Only have one football'

Andrew Porter
December 04, 2018 - 9:27 am
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With the acquisition of Golden Tate, and a healthy Darren Sproles, all of the sudden the Eagles have an abundance of offensive weapons. So much so, that Doug Pederson admitted on Tuesday—the morning after his team's crucial 28-13 victory over the Redskins—that it is difficult finding a way to get everyone the ball. 

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"Well, it is (difficult) from the standpoint you only have one football," Pederson told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show during his weekly call-in after every game.

"You're only limited to, let's say, 65 plays and then 14 or 13 of those are third downs so remove some of those. And there's two-minute situations in there. So when you really whittle a 65-play game down, now you're talking about 35 to 40 plays that are really your offense. And if you're running the ball 33 times a game, now you've cut that down—you're talking 20, 25 passing plays trying to get everyone involved. 

"It can be a little bit of a challenge," he continued. "I'll tell you this, Mike Groh has done a great job putting and constructing some game plans these past couple of weeks. Our quarterbacks have felt really, really comfortable with some of the stuff we're doing and we continue to game plan that way. And I think what you saw last night was the effects of that, not only the run game, but obviously the guys have gotten involved in the passing game."

On Monday night against the Redskins, Golden Tate led the charge in the passing attack, catching all seven of his targets for 85 yards and a score, not including a two-point conversion. Nelson Agholor caught four balls, Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement caught three, Jordan Matthews caught one—a touchdown. And Zach Ertz was his normal dominating self, catching nine of 10 targets for 83 yards and breaking the Eagles' all-time single season reception record, with 93 and counting. 

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ESPN's Josina Anderson reported before Monday's game that a source told her the Eagles were over-targeting Ertz. 

Agholor has just 13 catches over his last five games, while Alshon Jeffery has 18 catches for just 186 yards and no scores over his last five. 

I guess too many mouths to feed is a good problem to have, but it's definitely something Pederson is thinking about.