Doug Pederson expected to interview for 2 more head coach openings
Shortly after interviewing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Doug Pederson continues to gather head coaching interest. According to Jason La Canfora, the former Eagles head coach plans to interview with the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings. Pederson is also interviewing for the Chicago Bears’ head coach opening.
There are currently seven head coach vacancies in the league, and Pederson is one of two coaches with four interviews reportedly planned. The other is Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Quinn is expected to interview with the Broncos, Bears, Dolphins, and Jaguars.
Pederson is the only coach to be linked to the Vikings so far, but more should be on the way. Minnesota recently let go of long-time coach Mike Zimmer and could be looking for another established HC.
The Vikings have an elite core consisting of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook alongside quarterback Kirk Cousins. If Pederson wants to win now, this is the perfect job for him. Another interesting note is that the former Eagles head coach would travel to Philadelphia at some point next season if he took the Vikings’ job.
The Denver Broncos are reported to be interviewing nine candidates, one of which is Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
Denver is stuck in mediocrity, with no clear answer at quarterback alongside a weak offense, but they do have $42 million in cap space to make improvements. This gig should rank at the bottom of Pederson’s list compared to other opportunities.
Other potential landing spots
More interviews could be on the way for Pederson, including one of the Eagles’ rivals. The New York Giants fired Joe Judge last night despite initial reports stating he was remaining with the franchise. No candidates have been named yet, but I’d expect Pederson to be among them.
The Las Vegas Raiders are also searching for a new head coach but are still in the playoffs. There’s a good chance that Pederson could already be off the market before Las Vegas has an opportunity to interview him.
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