Dan Pompei Says Jacksonville Jaguars Lack Of Aggression Led To Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Win

“The Jaguars ended up probably regretting their lack of aggressiveness because they lost the game, and the Eagles kept being rewarded for everything they did in terms of aggressive mentality and fearlessness," Dan Pompei says

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October 30, 2018 - 8:00 am
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Doug Pederson’s new memoir has been making the rounds in the media since its publication this past week, and it’s already making some noise in football circles.

One of the most notable takeaways from the book (aptly titled Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion) is Pederson’s blunt criticism of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ conservative approach in last year’s AFC Championship Game, which saw the New England Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions at the time, come back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the game. 

The Atlantic and Bleacher Report writer Dan Pompei, who was a contributor on Pederson’s book, told CBS Sports Radio he didn’t think the Eagles head coach meant for there to be any ill will concerning the statements that were made regarding the Jaguars and their late-game offense against the Patriots.

“I don’t think his intent was to rip the Jaguars as much as it was to provide a window into his own mentality and thinking,” Pompei said on The DA Show. “I think when he was sitting there — watching the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game — not being really aggressive offensively with their mentality, he was thinking, ‘I can’t do this. For me, it’s not me. If we have the same opportunity against the Patriots, we need to put our peddle to the metal the entire game and never let up.’”

Pompei mentioned that although Pederson has always been aggressive with his coaching style, observing the Jaguars run their offense in such a passive manner only confirmed his plan of attack for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI — step on the gas pedal and do not slow down, or Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will make you pay for it dearly.

“That’s kind of who he’s been all along, but I think watching that game really reinforced it for him,” Pompei said. “The Jaguars ended up probably regretting their lack of aggressiveness because they lost the game, and the Eagles kept being rewarded for everything they did in terms of aggressive mentality and fearlessness. He has been aggressive throughout his entire coaching career and I think he got more aggressive as the season went on.”