The key play in Sunday's 37-19 Eagles loss to the Rams came early in the second half.
Trailing by five points, the Eagles forced a punt and drove all the way down the field. But on 1st-and-10 from the LA 21-yard line, Carson Wentz threw an interception on a ball down the middle of the field into the end zone intended for a well covered J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, of all people.
"Good question, good question," Doug Pederson said with a pause when asked by Angelo Cataldi when Wentz decided to force a ball to a second-year struggling wide receiver, who did not have any catches in the game.
"I'll just say that that's a play that I think Carson would like to have back, we'd all like to have back and I think the execution of the play would be a little different. Those are one of those things that we can't do, we flat out can't do. We can't put ourselves in that situation when we're coming out of the locker room. We just stopped them, we forced them to punt, we take the ball. I think we started on our 14-yard line and we're moving the ball down the field with a chance to score and go ahead in the game and who knows what happens after that. So for me, as the head coach, as bad as plays like that are, those are also teachable moments. Those are learning moments for us. I use the phrase a lot around here, pain instructs. And those are one of those painful moments that's going to instruct us and we're going to have to learn from that, coach that, teach that, and prepare our players that way."