Doug Pederson: Eagles ‘sick to our stomach’ over struggles
Doug Pederson conceded the obvious Thursday when he stated things have not gone as planned for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the head coach said the entire team is understandably frustrated over the season-long struggles.
The Eagles currently sit at a disappointing 5-7, and Pederson made it clear in comments to reporters that it does not sit well with the squad.
“We are all disappointed,” Pederson said, per Dave Spadaro of Eagles Insider. “We are all sick to our stomach.”
Pederson stressed in his comments Thursday, however, that the Eagles are “ready to go back to work” heading into a showdown Monday night against the New York Giants, a critical game that follows a brutal loss in Week 13 to the Miami Dolphins.
“You just don’t turn on the switch in this league,” Pederson noted, however, per the Eagles’ official site. “You have to come to work every single day. You have to come ready and in the right frame of mind. You’ve got to prepare and put in the work, just like our guys have done all season long.”
Despite falling well short of expectations this season and being two games under .500 with four games to go, the Eagles find themselves only one game back of the reeling 6-6 Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.
What’s more, the fact the Eagles still have the Cowboys on the schedule for a critical Dec. 22 showdown at home obviously means all is not lost, though it’s a near certainty a division title is the only way the Eagles are sneaking into the postseason.
All that said, it merits noting that the Eagles have played remarkably well in the previous two seasons in December, posting a combined 7-2 record (not counting the 2017 season finale when the team rested starters).
A majority of those games, however, came with Nick Foles under center and not Carson Wentz, who of course suffered season-ending injuries late in both the 2017 and 2018 campaigns and is struggling this season.
That said, Pederson is confident the Eagles can overcome their issues, rally and get the job done.
“We control our own destiny,” Pederson said.