Doug Pederson: We're gonna beat Dallas

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
October 14, 2019 - 8:29 am

The Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles' next opponent, lost three straight games putting both Philly and Dallas at 3-3 heading into their huge Week 7 matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Doug Pederson, speaking with Angelo Cataldi on Monday's 94WIP Morning Show after his team disappointing 38-20 loss at Minnesota, sounds very confident.

"Anytime Dallas losses it helps, because here's the thing—I know the sky is falling outside," Pederson said. "It's falling and I get that and the fans are real. We're going down to Dallas, our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we're gonna win that football game and when we do we're in first place in the NFC East, we control our own destiny, we're right where we need to be. Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we're in first place. Listen, they're reeling too. They're struggling too. They dropped their last three games so this will be an exciting football game."

Cataldi remarked that Pederson sounds very optimistic. 

"I have to be, I am," Pederson admitted. "I put the tape on and I go, there's coachable moments, there's teachable moments on the tape that we can get better at as offense and a defense. I'm also optimistic that some of our injured players in the secondary will make the return this week. But I gotta stay positive not only for myself, but for the guys in the locker room."

Pederson was asked about the comments hours later during his noon press conference. 

"Dallas is a great football team," Pederson said. "They're reeling like we are. They're gonna come out and play hard. They beat us twice last year. We've got a lot of things stacked against us going down there. But as a head football coach, I'm going to show confidence in my football team."

Pederson was asked if he guaranteed a win.

"Never said guarantee a win," Pederson said. "I'd never do that."

"Do you regret phrasing?" Pederson was asked. 

"No, because again it shows confidence in our football team," he said. "I promise you Jason Garrett is going to say the same thing with his team, that they're going to win the game as well. I'm not going to stand up here or go on record and say we're going to try to win a game. It just doesn't show confidence and I want to show confidence in our players."