Is Pederson feeling the heat as Eagles prepare for playoffs?

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Eagles defensive end Chris Long, cornerback Jalen Mills look forward to the upcoming playoff game against Atlanta.
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PHILADELPHIA – Doug Pederson apparently is in playoff mode, so his answers at his press conference Tuesday were mostly curt and without elaboration.

In other words, it was straight out of Bill Belichick.

There’s nothing wrong with what a coach tells or doesn’t tell the media … unless Pederson is feeling the heat from a team that is trying to find a way to win a playoff game with Nick Foles as the quarterback after two straight games in which Foles struggled against two non-playoff teams.

Belichick can get away with it because he has won five Super Bowls, and is a favorite to at least play for another this season, with a Hall of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady. So it’s cute when Belichick famously says, “We’re on to Cincinnati,” like he did a few years ago.

It doesn’t have the same effect when Pederson does it as the Eagles prepare for their Divisional Round…

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