PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was an ugly loss on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Cincinnati Bengals, 32-14.
Some took to social media to say it looked like the team quit in the middle of the game.
Few things offend professional athletes more than saying they “quit” … But it sure looks like the Q-word applies here. #FlyEaglesFly
— Don Bell (@DonBellonCBS3) December 4, 2016
SportsRadio 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi asked coach Doug Pederson Monday morning why it looked like the Eagles weren’t ready to play.
“Quite honestly it was the opposite. Because during pre-game warm ups yesterday I made a comment to the team and they felt the same thing. We felt our guys were more into the game than our opponent. There was no energy in the stadium, there was no excitement from the other team. Those guys were focused. Those guys were ready to go. It’s just unfortunate they weren’t able to get it done.”
Cataldi asked Pederson if he holds players accountable for mistakes they make during games.
“Are there times you can be angry with your players?”
Pederson replied, “What people see on gameday is different than during the week. The conversations I have with players and the way we approach practice, when things don’t go right in practice, we repeat plays. There is a fine line between screaming and yelling, which I don’t necessarily agree with, but at the same time holding players accountable for their actions and for the the lack of discipline during games, that is my job and my responsibility, but the things we do during the week is what people don’t see on gameday.”
When it comes the play of Carson Wentz, Pederson commented, “The biggest thing is these games we’ve lost, we’ve fallen behind two, sometimes three scores, and it gets you out of how you want to approach the game. Now we’re asking our quarterback to put the game on his shoulders, and to some extent that’s unfair.”
The Eagles were without wide receiver Jordan Matthews and running back Ryan Mathews, who are both recovering from injuries.
The Bengals were without their star wide receiver A.J. Green.
The Eagles will take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday.