So Long Doug Pederson

After going 4-11-1 and landing in last place in the NFC East, Doug Pederson has been fired.

After what was once a promising career starting with a Super Bowl championship and three consecutive playoff appearances, Doug Pederson has now been shown the door.

Speculation has run rampant throughout the season that Pederson was on the hot seat. Yet, Pederson recently came out and said he felt confident that he was going to remain the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Doug Pederson started out successfully in Philadelphia. In his first two years, he had a 20-12 record and a Super Bowl win. The Eagles have slowly gotten worse since the 2017 season. In the last three years, they have gone 22-25. In Pederson’s final season, the Eagles barely escaped with 4 wins.

What happened?

Doug Pederson has not had it easy in Philadelphia. Almost immediately after he received the job, he was called the worst coaching hire of the offseason. He has been forced to coach plenty of practice squad players and has had management breathing down his neck.

Since last offseason, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie’s say in the coaching decisions of the Philadelphia Eagles has been rumored to be bothering Pederson.

Ian Rapoport just came out with a report that maybe Doug had had enough of the Eagles.

After Pederson pulled starter Jalen Hurts in a three-point game, there have been questions on whether Pederson lost the players as well.

Jalen Hurts was clearly upset on the bench.

Furthermore, Miles Sanders stated on 94WIP Sports Radio, “Man if I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody.”

Following the game, The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported that two unnamed defensive players had to be “held back from approaching” Doug Pederson.

What’s next?

Pederson has had a successful career in Philadelphia and it sounds like he may find a new job rather quickly:

Often, teams will fire their coaches the day after the season ends to get a head start on the coaching search. Unfortunately, the Eagles are now a week behind.

It remains to be seen what the Eagles will do, but owner Jeffrey Lurie clearly trusts general manager Howie Roseman and is planning a full restart.

This was not an ending anybody could have foreseen after the incredible 2017 season. However, this will not be the end of Doug Pederson and it will be interesting to see how quickly he finds a new job.

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Seth Falber

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As a Philadelphia Eagles fan growing up in Boston I was always forced to fight for my opinions. I grew to love all things sports, especially when it comes to debating.

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