It's one thing for a head coach to lambaste a player for poor play on the field. After all, that tough love approach is often a full-proof method to motivate players to perform better. However, it's entirely different to chastise a player who is struggling with injuries.
“From a player’s standpoint, I think you sort of have to push yourself through that and feel that level of comfort," said Pederson. "Everybody’s built a little differently. The body gets tugged and pulled in different ways, and we do everything we can through our medical staff to keep them healthy.”
You don't have to read in between the lines to come to terms with the fact that Pederson was taking a brazen dig at Jones' health, which is pretty barbaric considering the CB's concerning history.
Jones suffered a torn Achilles at his Washington pro day back in 2017, which forced him to miss all but one game in his rookie campaign. The following year, the 23-year-old was limited to just nine games with a lingering hamstring issue.
Fast forward to 2019, and Jones left the Eagles' Week 4 clash against the Packers with what was described as a hamstring strain. He didn't play in Philly's tilt against the Jets this past weekend, despite being dressed and ready to go. But why throw him out there in a blowout in which your defense was already dominating?
“I think sometimes with an injury, I don’t care what type of injury, you get to the point where just through your rehab and conditioning you have to push yourself,” the Eagles HC continued.
Yes, we understand that Pederson is likely fed up with the rash of injures that have hit his secondary thus far, but to insinuate that one his players his soft is NOT the avenue to travel down.
We don't have to tell you that some athletes just can't escape injuries. Thats, unfortunately, the case sometimes and there's no doubting that it takes a significant toll on them mentally. And Pederson inexplicably used that reality against Jones.