Report: Ex-Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has found his new home
After a year off, Doug Pederson is back in the NFL.
According to Adam Schefter, Pederson has agreed to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ next head coach.
Pederson takes over for Urban Meyer, who was ousted after just half a season with the franchise. Rumors swirled before the end of the season that he was a top candidate for the Jaguars’ opening.
The biggest appeal for Dougie P in Jacksonville is his players’ coach mentality alongside his quarterback coaching ability. Trevor Lawerence needs the proper coach to help him develop, and Pederson’s Super Bowl-winning resume is a step in the right direction.
Jacksonville and the former Eagles head coach spoke early in the coaching carousel, but things looked to have fallen off. Tampa Bay offensive coordinator and former Jags QB Byron Leftwich was considered to be the favorite. Leftwich wanted Jacksonville to let go of their GM, Trent Baalke, but his request fell on deaf ears.
Pederson, who also interviewed with New Orleans, spent most of his time in Florida this past season, so he will be able to remain close with his family and not have to relocate across the country. The Jaguars will travel to Philadelphia in 2022 to face the Eagles.
Pederson is also now in the same division as his former quarterback, Carson Wentz. With a ton of cap space and the first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Pederson has a ton to work with this offseason.
For Philadelphia, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is considered to be one of the favorites to land the Houston Texans head coaching job. Pederson’s former DC, Jim Schwartz, is a candidate for the Colts defensive coordinator vacancy as well.
Wentz vs. Doug twice a year. 🍿 pic.twitter.com/DAweRfcETL— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) February 4, 2022
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