Pederson: Improvement is needed across the board

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  The film session on Monday morning must have seemed more like a horror show.

Doug Pederson and his coaching staff were forced to sort through what went wrong after Sunday's collapse in Washington — the Eagles jumped out to a 17-0 lead before losing to Washington, 27-17. 

It wasn’t an impressive afternoon for Carson Wentz, whose interception late in the first half sparked Washington's comeback. Wentz threw another costly interception and made poor decisions throughout the second half.

Pederson said they will continue to talk to their quarterback about better decision making.

"We still have to continue to address him and to address those issues," said Pederson. "It's part of the football game. We just have to keep talking that it's okay to throw the ball away. It's OK to dirt the ball on a screen pass or something of that nature and it's something that we've just got to continue working through."

While Wentz deserves his share of the blame, it was clearly a team effort by both the offensive unit and the coaching staff in the collapse. 

The Eagles were already dealing with a banged up offensive line and a young receiving group which featured many players making their NFL debut. 

Pederson said he has to put his quarterback in a better position to succeed.

"I do believe that we can continue to coach it better," Pederson said. "You're probably going, well, it's a broken record, but it's what we have to do. We have to continue to discuss and continue to talk with him about it. If he's holding the ball, there's a reason.  Maybe we've got to coach the routes better. Maybe I have to call a play better.​"

Wentz was feeling pressure from the Washington pass rush throughout the afternoon.  The turnovers also gave Washington excellent field position during the comeback.  Pederson knows those situations must change when the Eagles play again on Sunday against the Rams.

"We cannot turn the ball over," said Pederson. "We cannot have eight sacks. We cannot put our defense on the short side of the field as an offense. We have to execute better on fourth down."

Usually, a Week 1 loss in the NFL is hardly cause for concern, but the manner in which the Eagles went down to defeat appears to be more troubling than other early season losses. 

Wentz has to play better, and the offensive line must protect their quarterback better even if the backup brigade is forced into action yet again.

"I've got to put our team in a better situation," Pederson said. "There's all types of scenarios and possibilities on every play, and it's all about the communication that we have throughout the week."