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Who put words in Doug Pederson’s mouth?

Louie DiBiase

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Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Man that was one angry Doug. After today’s press conference with Head Coach Doug Pederson, the talk around Nova Care Complex has been all about Pederson’s reaction to continuous questions on who will start under center this Thursday against the Falcons.

If you missed the press conference, Pederson was not happy that a report came out yesterday from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Nick Foles is expected to start in the season opener, while Carson Wentz continues to rehab his leg.

Pederson started the press conference on an aggressive note, thanking the media for “putting words in his mouth” which seems to be about Rapoport’s report. For weeks Pederson has said who will start Thursday is going to be close to a game-time decision in hopes of forcing the Falcons to prepare for both Wentz and Foles, while also continuing to evaluate Wentz’s health.

Media members have continuously pushed for updates on the quarterback situation to Pederson’s annoyance, however this time the media fired back accusing Pederson of “grouping them all together.”

It makes sense why Pederson was so fired up. This has been a topic he has answered questions about for months from the local media despite wanting to make the process as secretive as possible.

Not only has the media asked the same few questions in hundreds of forms, but the Eagles offense is different based on who is under center. Unlike other teams where a quarterback change wouldn’t drastically change the offense, the Eagles switching signal callers does force some adjustments for opposing defenses.

To the media’s defense however, it is almost impossible to withhold information in the NFL. Especially with a story like this one.

Pederson is feeling that and it has driven him crazy.

Clearly either Rapoport is correct and someone from inside leaked the news (with the help of the local media spreading it), or no decision has been made and Rapoport once again has gotten on Pederson’s nerves spreading news that may not be accurate yet (see the Alshon Jeffery PUP report).

Wentz has not been cleared for contact yet so Foles being the favorite to start in just five days seems realistic but no official decision has been made despite the report. The Eagles could clear Wentz at any point this week before Thursday and still play him.

It isn’t like he can be hit in practice anyway.

Reckless Speculation: 

Would it be beyond Doug Pederson to leak false info to Rapoport in hopes of throwing off the Falcons while making a point to the media at the same time?

This is the same guy that called a trick play that had a backup tight end throw to a backup quarterback on 4th and goal in the Super Bowl against the greatest dynasty in NFL history.

Would it be crazy if he started Wentz while getting back at the media?

Just a thought.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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