Doug Pederson kinda-sorta guaranteed the Philadelphia Eagles would go down to Texas and beat the Dallas Cowboys. Then he walked his words back a bit.
Then the Birds went down to Dallas and got their butts handed to them by the Cowboys.
Pederson stepped up and took responsibility for the ugly loss, calling it one of the two worst losses of his career.
Owning up for the pathetic effort isn't the same as "manning up," at least according to former head coach Rex Ryan who went in hard at Pederson this morning on ESPN's Get Up.
"Doug Pederson set the tone for the whole game," Ryan said. "You see the Cowboys' take on it, 'hey, he guaranteed it.' You know what he did? He backed down on what he said. In his locker room, whether he said it or not, you put in there that you really don't believe it. To me, man, pull a Buddy Ryan. If you're gonna say it, double down. My dad would have doubled down and he would have beat Dallas, like he always did."
"I get it, you won a Super Bowl and all that. Coach Frank Reich might have had something to do with that also. You're a legend. I'm just telling you right now, man up. Philly wants you to say, 'I'm going to beat Dallas' and go out and do it. Now he whimpers away. I lost some respect there."
For Doug's part, he told reporters after the game that he didn't regret his declaration.
"I just felt like I had a lot of confidence in this football team, a lot of trust, a lot of faith in the guys," Pederson said. "Had a good week of preparation. Quite honestly, after a game like this, we all have to step back, look in the mirror, especially myself. It starts with me. This is one of those games that I take personal from that standpoint. We didn't play well and that's personal on me. I gotta get that fixed."
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