Maybe we really don’t know just how smart Doug Pederson is.
There are still plenty of fans, and players for that matter, that believe the New England Patriots spied on the Philadelphia Eagles before Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville. Years later, the National Football League disciplined the Patriots for their role in taping opposing team walk-throughs before their games.
So Pederson and the Eagles weren’t taking any chances last weekend in Minnesota. According to long snapper Rick Lovato, who replaced Jon Dorenbos before the season began, the Eagles may have staged a fake walk-through before the Super Bowl due to the chances cameras from the New England side may have been recording things.
Lovato joined 620 WDAE Sports Radio out of Tampa and described how he believes the entire Eagles walk-through was just a sham.
“I believe our whole walk-through was just a complete fake walk-through. We did it at the stadium. There were certain people walking around … I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays we were running weren’t even in the playbook for the Super Bowl.”
“We already had our game plan set all week for the last two weeks. We had two weeks to prepare for that game. A measly walk-through the day before the game, we weren’t going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium.”
Knowing what we know now about Pederson as a head coach, this probably shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does. This guy literally thinks about every possible way to get an advantage. So why not stage a fake walk-through?
Brilliance. If it’s legit.
To listen to Lovato’s entire interview, click here.
UPDATE: Friday afternoon on ESPN, Lane Johnson and Malcolm Jenkins didn’t deny it.
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