Doug Pederson pulled out all the stops and outcoached Bill Belichick in Super Bowl 52:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Doug Pederson knew he had to up his game in order to take on the greatest coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick. The Eagles coach did that by staying aggressive with his play calling and that was really the difference maker down the stretch. Whether it was letting Nick Foles come out throwing out of the gate or going for it on fourth down the Eagles were constantly applying unconventional pressure to the Patriots. It was a brilliant game plan by the second year head coach (Pederson) and really Bill Belichick was on his heels when it came to the coaching match up. New England also made the questionable decision to bench Malcolm Butler in the biggest game of the season and that wasnā€™t the brightest move either. Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Torrey Smith really torched the Patriots secondary. Belichick certainly could have used Butler last night but instead decided to go with Eric Rowe who along with the rest of the Patriots secondary gave up a boatload of yards. Doug Pederson exploited the New England defensive backs time and time again which wouldnā€™t have happened so easily had Butler been in the line up. Pederson also did a great job of understanding he had the advantage when his offense was on the field. Therefore it wasnā€™t as much of a gamble to go for it some of those situations because he felt like his guys could frequently get it done against the players lined up across from them. The reason it was such a great coaching decision because those adjustments showcase just how in tune Pederson is with his players. Thatā€™s what coaching is all about knowing what your players do well and utilizing those abilities often. Super Bowl 52 will go down in history as a chess match between to great football minds (Pederson and Belichick). Itā€™s safe to say Doug Pederson has arrived as a premier NFL coach after knocking off Belichick in the biggest game of the season.

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