Four times, Doug Pederson has flipped through the channels on his television searching for something to watch and accidentally stumbled upon his team’s thrilling victory in Super Bowl LII.
The recurring problem is a happy one for the Eagles coach, who spoke to reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis three weeks after lifting the Lombardi Trophy.
“I’m sitting there watching TV with my wife and we’re flipping through,” he said. “We flip it to the NFL Network or HBO or something and you catch the game. I’ve done that about four times now. Not that I’ve been searching for it. It’s just on.”
Pederson said that even after living it once and watching it over and over again, the back-and-forth game still leaves him anxious on the couch.
“I go back through the game and it’s just like, ‘did we win?’” Pederson said. “You know, one of those things. For me it was a great way to sorta analyze the game from afar and just make sure I was doing everything possible to help our team win. We did win.”
After the victory and the euphoric parade in Philly that followed, Pederson gave his coaching staff a week off to recuperate.
“It’s been 20 plus weeks since we’ve had a break so we took a week and just kinda got away from it. We got back a week ago and we’re ready to go. We’re energized, we’re jazzed-up and ready for the season,” he said.
A reporter asked Pederson if the Eagles defense giving up 33 points and 613 total yards to Tom Brady was an anomaly or a problem that would need to be addressed in the offseason.
“It’s a little of both,” Pederson said. “Listen, you’re playing the top quarterback in the National Football League in Tom and what they can do over there on offense. Weapons all over the place. We went back and looked at it and some of it’s just assignment error. Whether it be just the emotions of the game or what it might be. Those are all correctable, fixable. It’s nothing really to be alarmed about. It’s a great teaching opportunity for us now when we get into the offseason.”
The remote conundrum isn’t the only good problem Pederson faces this offseason. He’ll also need to decide whether Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles or regular-season MVP frontrunner Carson Wentz will start Week 1.