THE preseason can’t get here fast enough for me. I can’t wait until Head Coach Doug Pederson finally gets that first loss under his belt, so that the local media can get at him. Once they annoy him into an emotionally honest response, he can start to shake the stuttering Porky Pig routine at press conferences. Right now he seems too often like he’s trying to not say the wrong thing, or screw something up.
Here in Philly, a loss counts as screwing up. Once he’s done it, he’ll no longer have to worry about it, or act like he’s spinning fine china plates on a stick. I like the guy, and I want to see him get fair chance here, but he’s got to become more confident in his tone. Otherwise he risks players not trusting that even he buys what he’s selling, when times get tough for us.
Head Coach is a position where you get to tell half-a-hundred alpha males to “Take a knee”, and they do. Pardon my French but, a job like that demands that you let your balls out for a swing sometimes. (Or like Buddy Ryan did, you ride them into work everyday.) We have yet to see Pederson swing his nuts. Even when QB Sam Bradford painted a bull’s eye on his own face, Pederson remained “emotionally intelligent”. That was nice, but if you’ve ever been in a locker room, you have to wonder when that will be back to bite him in the ass.
I’m hoping his first loss is in the preseason, because there’s no real pressure to win those games. After a loss he can show the team, by his example, how they are to bounce back while he’s in charge. I also wouldn’t want him to go undefeated in the preseason, because that unfairly raises expectations among casual fans. And the majority of sports fans are casual fans. Some are not even devoted enough to be casual. Those aren’t even fans. Those are “logo wearers”.
(Total aside, but speaking of logo wearers, I gotta get this out: At Front and Girard yesterday, (being friendly) I asked a woman in an Eagles t-shirt, what she thought of the upcoming season. Her response was that she hopes T.O. doesn’t get hurt, and that if he doesn’t we’ll win the Super Bowl with our new coach. Amazingly, I didn’t strike her.)
So I’m thinking that getting that first loss will do Doug some good. Free him up finally. Once he stops walking the fine line for the media, and casual fans, he’ll be free to be the coach the team needs, and that us die-hards have been praying for.