It was brought to our attention after the New England loss the details of Doug Pederson’s play calling responsibility.
“I was able to call plays, really, since the Pittsburgh game,” Pederson said. “Coach Reid and I had a great understanding, a great feel for the game. He allowed me to call the second half of every football game from that Steeler game on.”
This ruffled some feathers as offensively there was a lot of questionable play-calling and time management in the second half against the Patriots. The last drive by the Chiefs is what has been under the most speculation and Pederson did his best to explain it.
"“It took us time because No. 1, we did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back,” Pederson said. “We knew we were going to score, we knew we had timeouts and time. We were also limited with the number of receivers (we had) — Jeremy Maclin was out of the game at the time, and we were down numbers."
“We felt like, at that point, (it was best) not to give the ball back to Tom Brady. We still had timeouts and time, even with the onside kick, to put ourselves in position to tie the football game.”
In an attempt to try to groom Pederson as a play caller and eventually a head coach, Reid may have bitten off more than he could chew. This may end up being a valuable lesson for Reid that coaching development shouldn’t ever be prioritized over what gives you best chance to win.
In this case, it’s possible that if Kansas City’s head coach stuck with the play calling and the defensive coordinator attempted to make some adjustments we wouldn’t be talking about the Broncos representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.
That’s what’s on my mind, Addicts. What’s on yours?