Colin Cowherd thinks the Eagles won Super Bowl LII ‘in a meeting room in Philadelphia’

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Colin Cowherd talks Doug Pederson and Bill Belichick after the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

- Whenever you have a Super Bowl, there's, "OK, what's the story of the game?" And you're going to have this guy was MVP, and that guy was MVP. The story of the game, to me, took place in a small room two weeks ago. It was in a small room. It was not a field. There was probably a bunch of guys had coffee.

It's the same kind of meeting you have with your wife or your husband when you're going to take your kids to Disneyland, about five days out, and you're like, "Listen. It's going to be a schloyd. We've got nine kids, we've got the neighbor's kids. Let's just say yes to everything. Let's have a beer at lunch. Let's just understand, it's going to be chaos. Let's just say yes to all the trinkets and toys." make up your mind a few days out, "Listen, this is going to be exhausting, the kids are going to be screaming, let's just have fun. Let's buy into this."

Two weeks ago, in a small room, at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson sat down with his staff and said, "We're not going to be Atlanta." We're not going to outplay New England and lose. We're not going to be Jacksonville. We're not going to outplay New England and lose. We're not going to be Pittsburgh. We're not going to outplay New England and lose. We're not going to be the Legion of Boom in a Super Bowl, outplay Seattle and lose.

And Doug Pederson looked around that room at all his assistants and said, "damn it, we're going to go for it. We're going to go for it on fourth. We're going to create trick plays. We're going to leave everything on the field." By the way, Philadelphia's coaching wasn't perfect. They had 12 men on the field, what the hell is Nelson Aguilar running out of bounds late? They made mental errors, too.

That game, do you realize how big this play was? Fourth and one, Eagles trail by a point. 5:40 to go, their own 45, and they go for it. This play's the game. Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth did a great job, but even-- I don't even think they understood it in the moment. This was the guttiest Super Bowl call ever. That decision wasn't made there. They didn't call a time out.

That decision was made in a small room in Philadelphia two weeks ago. When the Philadelphia coaches said, "Guys, we got to shift the mindset. We're going for it." And they talked about it all week. And they talked about it in the bye week, and they talked about it on the bus to the game. And they talked about it on the flight.

That play was the game. Philly's defense looked gassed at that point. New England had marched up and down the field on drives in the second half. They don't get that first down, Patriots lead by a point, 33-32, they score again, game over.

That decision wasn't made there. They weren't calling timeouts. They weren't on the sidelines. We've seen college teams do that. Pete Carroll, what do we do? Marshawn Lynch, do we throw a pass? Doug Pederson made that puppy up two weeks ago.

I remember hearing a story years ago about Mike Tyson, when people thought, Mike Tyson, the way to beat Mike Tyson, who, at the time, was the most violent heavyweight in the history of the genre, you had to get him on his back of his feet. Because if Tyson came at you, you had to back him up like Holyfield. You had to back him up like Lennox Lewis. You had to back Mike up a little to take away some of the velocity.

And I remember talking to a trainer about it he said, "You've got to make your mind up two months before you fight Mike Tyson, that you're going to go through the most pain in your life and you cannot have any fair, despite what you see, he's done to other people." He goes, "You beat Mike Tyson two months out. You don't beat Mike Tyson in the ring. You beat him two months out."

Michael Spinks was scared. Evander Holyfield made up his mind two months out, both times, I'm going right at him. And it's going to hurt. And it's going to be painful. It's the same decision you make with your kids at Disneyland. You know it's a shloyd, and you decide, we're all in. It's the decision you make with Tyson. When you play Belichick, how many times have we said, "God, Atlanta outplayed them. Jacksonville outplayed them. Pittsburgh outplayed them. Seattle outplayed them." And they'd always lose.

And they'd lose because they get a lead and dominate the first half, and Belichick tweaks, and you sit on the sidelines watching Tom Brady march for 3 and 1/2 minutes, and you get on your plane, and you fly from Minnesota to Philadelphia and you think, "They're going to be back here next year. I'm not sure if we are."

That game was about mindset. Even that trick play, you may just look at it and you say, "Oh, that's just a trick play." That trick play was carefully crafted, perfectly executed. They made that play in a room two weeks ago, saying, "this is to win the Super Bowl. We're going to run this on it." You don't design that to run on a first down. You don't design that. You design that play to outsmart the smartest team in the NFL in overtime, on the final drive, on a fourth and one.

You don't put in the time to create a play that clever, that smart, and how many times did they practice that thing? That is a play you practice, knowing that when you run it, you either trail or it's the play of the game and you are willing to roll the dice on a trick play, throwing to your quarterback in crisis. And if he drops it, you know what everybody is going to say? "OK, you throw to the quarterback. What are you doing? You got all these great receivers. You've got-- you've got-- you've got the great-- you got great tight end, they got Alshon Jeffery. You're throwing to Nick Foles? He's not even the starting quarterback."

That Super Bowl was not won yesterday. It was won in a small room in Philadelphia, two weeks ago. Belichick was not gutsy. He had, early in the second quarter, he had a fourth down, Bill Belichick did, with the MVP of the league, and it was a fourth and one, and New England decided to run a kick. A kick. And it whiffed. With the MVP of the league, and you had just marched down the field. Remember this play?

This was the same time, two weeks ago, Philadelphia coaches said, "We're going for it." MVP of the league, you'd marched down the field, it's fourth and one, and you kick it.

Meeting rooms are where most of these games are won and lost. This was won in a meeting room in Philadelphia.