Doug Pederson out as Eagles Head Coach
Major changes are coming in Philadelphia. After Doug Pederson and Jeffery Lurie met in Florida to discuss his future with the Eagles, Pederson is out as the head coach of the Eagles. A bit over a week back it was reported that Doug’s job was safe for the 2021 season.
According to reports, Lurie was unsure about several things including Pederson’s choosing for a coaching staff. After letting go of Marty Mornhinweg and Rich Scangarello, Pederson looked to keep others in place. QB coach Press Taylor, who many wanted to be fired, was the leading candidate for Doug to be his offensive coordinator.
Other changes included former defensive back’s coach Cory Undlin being hired as the defensive coordinator. This was following Jim Schwartz stepping down after this season. Undlin was a puzzling move, coaching one of the worst Eagles’ secondaries in recent memory. Undlin was let go after the 2019 season. Dave Fipp who coached a horrid special teams unit was also likely to remain in the same position for the upcoming season.
Lurie did not seem to agree with these coaching decisions, which is what likely led to the meeting today. Other reports say Doug was sick of being told what to do. The Eagles need to move swiftly on their next hire. The coaching carousel is in full swing and if they take their time, several prime candidates will likely be lost to other teams. Early candidates include other Andy Reid disciples in Chiefs QB coach Mike Kafka and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Pederson was the head coach of the Eagles since 2016 and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in 2017. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs under Andy Reid. Several questions now linger, including the QB controversy between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts. Howie Roseman is expected to remain in his current position. This is truly an unexpected move by Philadelphia.
Mandatory Credit: Tim Tai Philadelphia Inquirer