Eagles Part Ways With Doug Pederson
Somewhat of a surprise move, but the Eagles parted ways with head coach Doug Pederson. Pederson coached Philadelphia to the team's first Super Bowl just three seasons ago. He’s the first coach to get fired less than 6 years after winning the super bowl since 1970. Eagles were 42-36-1 during Pederson’s five-year tenure. Since winning the super bowl, Philly is 22-25-1 and just 1-2 in the postseason. Philly was a weekly disaster in 2020, finishing with a 4-11-1 record, their first season since 2012 with less than seven wins.
Eagles join the Jets, Jaguars, Texans, Chargers, Lions, and Falcons as teams looking for new head coaches.
Eagles Coaching Candidates
A few names have already been linked as candidates for the Eagles head coaching job. Deuce Staley would be an in-house hire as he currently serves as the team's running back coach. Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma, who coached Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts in college for one season, was also contacted by Philly. The team also requested an interview with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles and Titans Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith.
Team Owner Jeffery Lurie has his Eyes on the Future
Interesting quote here from team owner Jeffery Lurie who spoke with the media for the first time after making the decision to fire Pederson:
We’re at that point. It’s a transition point and we’ve got to get younger and we have to have a lot more volume of draft picks and we have to accumulate as much talent as we possibly can that is going to work in the long run with a focus on the mid-term and the long term and not on how to maximize 2021. And it’s almost not fair to Doug, because his vision has to be: what can I do to fix this right away and what coaches can I have that can help me get to a smoother 2021?”
Lurie also told the media he had no involvement in the decision to bench Jalen Hurts at the end of Week 17, which some speculate caused a massive rift between players and coaches.
Cramer's Pick for Eagles Next Head Coach
When asked who he'd like to see as the team's next head coach, Jim Cramer (a lifelong Eagles fan and season ticket holder) said the team needs someone that is offensively minded. Cramer pointed out Arthur Smith given the Titans offense has been so consistent the last few seasons. Cramer also mentioned how he and Coach Pederson had a good relationship and thanked Pederson for bringing the team a Super Bowl victory.
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