Doug Pederson writes in his new book, Fearless, that he was watching the AFC Title Game in the locker room before the Eagles played in the NFC Championship Game vs the Vikings and he was dumbfounded by Doug Marrone and Jags approach as the halftime approached.
“I was there thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me right now,'” Pederson writes, via Vito Stellino. “It made me mad because Jacksonville had New England right where they wanted them. I was screaming at the TV in my office. When they knelt right before halftime, inside I was like, ‘I’ll never do that.’ It fueled me. They could have least tried for a field goal. They took it out of their quarterback’s hands, and they didn’t give to their big back Leonard Fournette. I thought, ‘If they lose this game, this is why.’ Sure enough they would go on to lose the game.”