Doug Pederson interviews for New Orleans Saints head coach opening
Doug Pederson will get one more shot to become a head coach this offseason. Earlier today, Ian Rapoport reported that Pederson interviewed with the New Orleans Saints yesterday. Longtime Saints HC Sean Payton stepped down the other day after 16 years with the franchise.
Pederson spoke with several teams earlier in the coaching carousel but appears to be out of the running for all the remaining vacancies outside New Orleans. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears are the only teams who formally interviewed him, and the Bears have already hired Matt Eberflus as their next head coach.
Since being let go from the Eagles last offseason, the Super Bowl-winning coach has wanted to return, but only in the right situation. New Orleans is a competitive team, but they have a lot of salary cap hurdles this offseason alongside a big question mark at quarterback.
The Saints are also speaking with former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and their current defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen, among others. Pederson’s son, Josh, had a brief stint with the Saints during training camp but was let go before the start of the 2021 season.
Pederson’s former defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, is expected to interview for the Indianapolis Colts’ DC job under former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ current defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon, is a finalist for the Houston Texans’ head coach vacancy.
Mandatory Credit: David Maialetti Philadelphia Inquirer