A day after his Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Miami Dolphins, missing a chance to tie the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East standings, coach Doug Pederson said he was "disgusted" and "angry," mostly at himself.
After Sunday's 37-31 loss, Pederson said his team "self-destructed" and was a "long shot" to make the playoffs after falling to 5-7. On Monday, in a radio interview with 94WIP in Philadelphia, he took the blame for the loss.
"I'm disgusted, I'm mad, I'm angry and I'm probably more so mad at myself," he said. "... Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that's on me. That's on me. And that's why I'm disappointed. I felt like and I think most people felt like we were the better football team."
Pederson admitted that the Dolphins (3-9) played harder than his team.
"That's why I'm disappointed in that. They wanted this a little more than we did, and they made the plays and we didn't," he said, also crediting the Miami staff for how well-coached the Dolphins were.
The Eagles committed 10 penalties for 91 yards, which Pederson said Monday was "unacceptable."
"Having watched [the tape] again this morning, it's not who we are, it's not who I am as a coach, it's not how we teach things," he said. "It starts with me, and I have to fix things this week heading into the Giants game."
The Eagles, losers of three straight games, host the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 14. The Cowboys still lead the division despite having a .500 record (6-6).
At his news conference later Monday, Pederson said he would not be making any changes to his staff this week and "as of right now" would not make any changes to the team's starting lineups.
He was asked by reporters at the news conference whether a shake-up was in order.
"A shake-up, I know what you're saying. You're talking about sending a message. No, I don't. I think everything that is -- it's all self-inflicted. Even the plays that they made, our players were in position to make those plays; we just didn't. They executed; we didn't," he said. "So that to me doesn't deserve any kind of shake-up."