The Eagles entered halftime with a comfortable lead only to see it evaporate in the second half with the Dolphins passing game and trick plays propelling them to an improbable 37-31 victory in Miami on Sunday.
Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson wasn’t too thrilled with how things played out, especially after their strong start, saying he was “disgusted” and “angry”, mostly at himself, for the game.
During a radio interview with 94WIP in Philadelphia on Monday, Pederson said the Eagles “self-destructed” adding that they were now a “long shot” to make the playoffs after falling to 5-7 on the season.
“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry and I’m probably more so mad at myself,” Pederson said (h/t ESPN). “Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. I felt like and I think most people felt like we were the better football team.”
Pederson believes that the struggling Dolphins played harder than his team did on Sunday.
“That’s why I’m disappointed in that. They wanted this a little more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t,” he said, also crediting the Miami staff for how well coached the Dolphins were.
Pederson was also miffed about the 10 penalties that the team drew.
“Having watched [the tape] again this morning, it’s not who we are, it’s not who I am as a coach, it’s not how we teach things,” Pederson said. “It starts with me and I have to fix things this week heading into the Giants game.”
The Eagles will now look to snap a three-game losing stream next Monday night when they play host to the New York Giants.