Doug Pederson is out as the pinnacle coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, three years after main the franchise to their first Tremendous Bowl title, CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirms. The Eagles had a gathering with Pederson Monday in Florida, a possibility for the Tremendous Bowl-winning head coach to current his plans to repair the Eagles after a 4-11-1 season — the worst file for the franchise since Andy Reid’s remaining season in 2012.
“I’ve spent the previous few weeks evaluating the whole lot from this previous yr and searching forward,” Eagles proprietor and CEO Jeffrey Lurie mentioned in an announcement. “We’re all very disenchanted with the way in which our season went and are keen to show issues round, not only for subsequent season however for the way forward for our franchise. Coach Pederson and I had the chance to take a seat down and focus on what that collective imaginative and prescient would appear to be transferring ahead. After taking a while to replicate on these conversations, I imagine it’s each in our greatest pursuits to half methods.
“I’ve recognized Doug and his household for over 20 years and they’ll all the time be household to me. … All of us stay up for the day he might be inducted to the Eagles Corridor of Fame as a Tremendous Bowl-winning head coach and we’re assured he could have success along with his subsequent crew. However because the chief of this group, it’s crucial for me to do what I imagine is finest for everybody as we sit up for the longer term as we sit up for the longer term and transfer into our subsequent chapter. I do know that we have now work to do to get again to the place we wish to be, however I additionally imagine that we have now an exceptionally robust group of individuals on this group who can set us up for future success.”
Pederson is the primary Tremendous Bowl profitable head coach to be fired inside three years after profitable the title because the Colts‘ Don McCafferty in 1973. The Eagles and Pederson’s relationship soured over the previous yr, significantly with the entrance workplace meddling along with his head teaching choices. The Eagles fired Mike Groh — Pederson’s alternative as offensive coordinator — at some point after Pederson introduced Groh would return to his place again in January 2020, a choice which irked the Eagles head coach. The ultimate nail within the coffin was Pederson’s plan to advertise Press Taylor from passing sport coordinator to offensive coordinator and convey again Cory Undlin as defensive coordinator (Undlin was the Eagles defensive backs coach from 2015 to 2019 and a holdover from Chip Kelly’s employees). Undlin was the defensive coordinator for one season in Detroit, because the Lions allowed the second-most factors in a season in NFL historical past.
Simply over per week in the past, Pederson believed his future was safe with the Eagles — even anticipating he’ll be again in 2021. The Eagles have made adjustments to the teaching employees over the previous week, not renewing the contracts of senior offensive assistants Wealthy Scangarello and Marty Mornhinweg. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz retired and linebackers coach Ken Flajole can also be reportedly not anticipated to return. Schwartz and Flajole have been on Pederson’s employees since his first season (2016) whereas Scangarello and Mornhinweg had been solely on the teaching employees in 2020 — the yr the Eagles didn’t rent an offensive coordinator.
Pederson is 42-37-1 in 5 seasons because the Eagles head coach, profitable the Tremendous Bowl within the 2017 season (his second season as a NFL head coach). Regardless of two division titles and three postseason appearances on Pederson’s resume, the Eagles are simply 22-25-1 within the common season since profitable the Tremendous Bowl (1-2 within the postseason).
The problems round Pederson embody the struggles of Carson Wentz, who additionally has an unsure future in Philadelphia. Wentz hasn’t mentioned his future with the franchise but and has not spoken to the media concerning the ESPN report that his relationship with Pederson is “fractured past restore” and that he nonetheless plans to ask for a commerce within the offseason. The Eagles determination to maneuver on from Pederson is partly due to Wentz, a quarterback with 4 years and $128 million left on his deal who the entrance workplace believes might be fastened with a brand new head coach main the offense.
Wentz was one of many worst quarterbacks in soccer in 2020, including to the Eagles determination to maneuver on from Pederson. Of the 35 certified quarterbacks in passing statistics, Wentz ranks thirty fourth in completion share (57.4%), thirty fourth in interception share (3.4%), thirty fourth in yards per try (6.0), and thirty fourth in quarterback ranking (72.8). He was sacked a league-high 50 occasions this season, or a league-high 10.3% on drop-back makes an attempt.
The Eagles will work rapidly to seek out Pederson’s substitute, with loads of candidates nonetheless accessible to fill the void.