Rumor: Doug Pederson interested in Jaguars’ head coach opening
Once the relationship between the Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Urban Meyer started to sour, numerous people across the league began discussing a potential replacement. One name brought up regularly was former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. With Meyer now out of the picture, the former Super Bowl champion appears to be interested in returning to the AFC.
Yesterday, CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported Pederson would be intrigued by the possibility of working with the Jaguars and their starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
“Former Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson, who has used his year out of the coaching ranks to study the league and mull potential opportunities, would very much be interested in interviewing with Jacksonville, sources said. Pederson has already secured assurances from the men who would comprise his staff about their willingness to join him, and Khan may prefer to hire a coach with significant NFL head coaching experience after the Meyer debacle.”
Pederson, known for being a quarterback whisperer, is a perfect replacement to work with Lawerence. The rookie QB has struggled immensely this season, throwing just one touchdown over his last seven games. Lawrence has shown promise, with many chalking up his failures to being put into a poor situation.
Along with having their quarterback of the future, the Jaguars currently hold the top selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Jacksonville is also projected to have $71 million available to spend this offseason, the third-most in the NFL.
The Jaguars likely won’t be the only team interested in Pederson this offseason. Chicago and New York could potentially have openings, not to mention the vacancy in Las Vegas. The main concern is Pederson’s potential staff, which led to his departure from the Eagles this past offseason.
Mandatory Credit: NBC Sports