By Bryan Perez
Hats off to Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles for their 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Pederson, especially, was outstanding. He proved that aggressive playcalling and confidence in your players wins more than just games; it wins championships.
Before being named head coach of the Eagles, Pederson served as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs from 2013 to 2015. New Bears coach Matt Nagy was Kansas City’s QB coach during that time and, presumably, learned quite a bit from his now Super Bowl-winning boss.
Pederson’s gutsy decisions in the sport’s biggest game were refreshing. Rather than settle for easy field goals, the third-year coach let it ride with creativity and confidence in his backup-turned-starting QB. He’s a champion now because of it.
The Eagles compiled 538 yards of offense while pitching a perfect game against a Patriots team that had success of its own. Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record with 505 passing yards.
Still, it was Foles’ 373 yards and Pederson’s ability to call the right play at the right time that was the difference in the game.
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