In a prelude to what may very well be a tumultuous low season in Philadelphia, the Eagles on Monday fired their coach, Doug Pederson, lower than three years after he led the staff to its first Tremendous Bowl championship.
Pederson presided over playoff groups in three of the previous 4 seasons, however the Eagles capsized in 2020, going 4-11-1 in a dreadful N.F.C. East as their franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, stagnated, and their offense lacked creativeness and id. The Eagles completed 26th in factors and tied for 24th in yardage.
The capstone to the Eagles’ free fall got here in Week 17, when Pederson created an uproar by changing the rookie starter Jalen Hurts with Nate Sudfeld within the fourth quarter towards Washington, which wanted a victory to clinch the division title and led by three factors on the time. The transfer confused, if not unsettled, gamers, who thought Hurts supplied a greater probability of profitable and who additionally weren’t contemplating the impact of the end result on the staff’s draft positioning.
Pederson met with the staff’s proprietor, Jeffrey Lurie, after the common season ended, and once more on Monday. In an announcement, Lurie indicated that they didn’t share the identical “collective imaginative and prescient” for revitalizing the franchise, a phrase that just about definitely refers to each his teaching employees and the group’s future at quarterback.
Pederson was going through a big overhaul of his employees after defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz introduced final week he’d be taking a yr off and not less than two offensive coaches — Wealthy Scangarello and Marty Mornhinweg — have been reportedly informed they might not return.
“All of us sit up for the day he might be inducted into the Eagles Corridor of Fame as a Tremendous Bowl-winning head coach, and we’re assured that he may have success together with his subsequent staff,” Lurie mentioned. “However because the chief of this group, it’s crucial for me to do what I consider is greatest for everybody as we sit up for the long run and transfer into our subsequent chapter.”
In 5 seasons with Philadelphia, Pederson went 46-39-1, together with postseason totals. A former Eagles quarterback, he left his offensive coordinator submit in Kansas Metropolis to change into Philadelphia’s coach in January 2016, three months earlier than the staff drafted Wentz with the second general choose.
Overseeing his growth, Pederson helped coax an distinctive season in 2017 from Wentz, who tore a knee ligament in Week 14 after which watched the backup Nick Foles beat New England within the Tremendous Bowl in February 2018. The Pederson-Wentz partnership additionally produced playoff berths in 2018 and 2019, however Wentz struggled this past season, rating as one of many league’s worst quarterbacks. After Pederson benched Wentz for Hurts in Week 13 at Inexperienced Bay, their relationship reportedly grew to become fractured to an irreversible extent.
Wentz’s regression accelerated Pederson’s downfall, however the Eagles’ expertise base has deteriorated each season for the reason that Tremendous Bowl victory. Basic supervisor Howie Roseman’s drafting has didn’t yield a bounty of manufacturing, and and not using a pipeline of younger and wholesome gamers, their roster has aged quick. How Roseman proceeds with Wentz — whose onerous cap cost makes him tough to commerce — will decide the franchise’s course but in addition his personal job safety.
The Eagles don’t provide a really interesting state of affairs to move teaching candidates at current. However Pederson instantly turns into an intriguing candidate for the six groups that at present have teaching vacancies, a bunch that features the Jets.
The Jets’ normal supervisor, Joe Douglas, joined Philadelphia’s entrance workplace just a few months after Pederson was employed and was in Minneapolis for Tremendous Bowl LII when Pederson made probably the most well-known play name in Eagles historical past — the Philly Special, a gadget landing move from tight finish Trey Burton to Foles.
Earlier than that play, Pederson and Foles shared a dialog on the sideline, and that second was commemorated with a statue exterior Lincoln Monetary Discipline. Foles is gone, and as of Monday, Pederson is, too.