Jason Whitlock explains why Doug Pederson is going to wilt under the pressure of facing Bill Belichick

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Jason Whitlock, Colin Cowherd, Michael Vick and Tony Gonzalez talk Doug Pederson going into Super Bowll LII. Will Pederson be able to match Bill Belichick?

- Whitlock, will Doug Pederson wilt under the pressure of facing Bill?

- Absolutely. It happens to every coach that faces him in a high pressure situation in a big game. They do dumb stuff, because they want to try to meet Bill Belichick's intellect and his great decision making.

Doug Pederson is a high risk coach. He'll do some high risk things in this game, and it will cost the Philadelphia Eagles this game, in all likelihood.

Tom Coughlin on the other hand, much older, more mature than any of these guys that are competing against Belichick. He was a conservative coach, and he somehow managed to beat Bill Belichick twice in the Super Bowl, because he didn't let his ego get caught up in trying to outwit Bill Belichick. Pederson will do that, and it will cost him the game.

- It is interesting when you-- people always say, I don't think about Belichick, I don't-- of course you do. You don't become an NFL coach without an ego.

You've worked with them. Period, coaches are stubborn. They're protective.

If you don't think Doug Pederson is sitting there this week thinking, I'm going to show Bill. I'm going to fool the genius. There's no question that Philadelphia will do something. There will be a risk component in his game that has been put in to make himself look capable of Bill.

And that's what I-- now I don't know if that's wilting. But I do believe that--

JASON WHITLOCK: Doug Marrone wilted.

- Well, no, he did.

- Like I see coaching--

- I think Pederson will take a risk in this game, that maybe is a little out of character, to put his stamp on this game as an offensive whiz. I do believe that will happen.

- I think Doug Pederson will lean on some of his former coaches. I think he'll lean on Andy in certain instances.


- It could be for the right reasons, but he does have a great coaching staff centered around him, so it's not all on Doug Pederson to go out and try to outsmart Belichick, because that's probably the worst thing that he could try to do.

He needs to lean on the players and lean on the things that has gotten them to this point, playing in the Super Bowl. And I think that was coming in with super conservative game plans for Nick Foles, and not trying to out-think the opponent or the opposition, just playing the game and doing the things that has got him to this point.

And Doug comes from a great background of offensive coaches, starting from Andy, to Mike Holmgren. So it's nothing to be afraid of, he just has to go out there and just try to find a way to get it done.

- Yeah, look, I look at Nick Saban. You look at his record against his former coaches that he's had. He's beat them all. I think he's undefeated. I was looking at that stat they had during the national championship, as he beat another coach that coached with him.

And I think it's the same with Bill Belichick. The thing I would tell Doug Pederson, if he was ever to come to me for advice, I would say, just like what you said. Check your ego at the door. Do not try to out-coach this guy. You just stay within your game plan.

Forget about going out there to-- because it is, yeah. The implications are there. If you're a coach going against him right now, he's got to be thinking--


- --if I beat Bellichick, you know what that does for me, my ego? But that's where you have to fight against, because that's where you lose. That is exactly how you lose.

- This is what's going to happen. Andy Reid does it, Doug Pederson does it, this is what they do. They're going to abandon the running game. They're going abandon Blount--

COMMENTATOR: That's the worst thing they could do.

- --and Ajayi. And he's going to get caught up in the pass game, and Nick-- and because he's created-- he's going to try to drive the narrative that he's the greatest quarterback whisperer going.

I had Carson Wentz, lost the MVP, and I turned Nick Foles into a great quarterback. Now that submits his resume and his brand. He's the QB whisperer. That's going to get him beat.

Run the damn football with Ajayi and Blount. But again, I've seen it with Andy Reid a million times. And Andy Reid's a hell of a coach, but that guy loves to call pass plays, regardless of the score, regardless of the situation.

- To this point, you're right. Dave Wannstedt always says this. Dave Wannstedt, when he coached, he said, every coordinator comes in, coach, I love the running game. He goes, nobody loves the running game. They all want to throw the ball.

And to your point, if you are seen as this hot, young, smart guy, I think to your point-- I see it as exotics or trick plays, but I think it's-- remember, coaching now, outside of Belichick, in the NFL, it's just survival. You're just trying to get another check.

So you're-- I think he's going to want to put his stamp on his game with a trick or a drive.

- It's going to be the passing game. And they always-- they miss-manage the clock, because they just forget to run the football. I've seen it a million times.

- The one thing I thought the Philadelphia Eagles did in the playoffs, they had balance. And I give Doug Pederson credit, because the things that some of the coaches that he coached for, or coached with, wouldn't do, in terms of calling consecutive plays, duplicating the plays, calling them over and over again--

I've seen him run two screen plays against Atlanta. One play only got four yards. He ran the same exact play the next play and got a 20 yard gain down the sideline.

So he's not afraid to come right at you. And I think, in this case, going against Bill Belichick, he just can't try to pad the playbook. He's just-- he has to narrow it down and find ways to just execute, and find the things that works and keep it going.