After weeks of speculation, the Philadelphia Eagles hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, to be their new head coach. The team plans to officially introduce Pederson as head coach in a press conference on Tuesday. The news comes three weeks after the Eagles fired former head coach Chip Kelly after three seasons at the helm. Kelly has already been hired as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released this statement on the hiring:
“We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach. Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players. All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”
The Eagles had reportedly settled on hiring Pederson on Thursday but were forced to wait until the Kansas City Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs to make an official announcement. After the Chiefs lost to New England 27-20 on Saturday in the divisional round, Pederson’s time in Kansas City officially came to end, and his career in Philadelphia officially begun.
Pederson played quarterback for the Eagles during the 1999 season just before Donavan McNabb took over the reigns under center for Philly. Pederson produced a 2-7 record as a starter and was released at the end of the 1999 season. Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, coached Pederson in Green Bay and Philadelphia, and brought Pederson onto his coaching staff for four seasons in Philadelphia as an assistant and the last three seasons in Kansas City as the team’s OC. It is safe to say that Andy Reid has helped pave the way for Doug Pederson’s coaching career, and it is very ironic that Pederson is leaving Reid and the Chiefs to go coach he and Reid’s former team.
Eagles fans were quick to turn to Youtube and Twitter to voice some frustrations over the hiring of Pederson, most notably the Eagle-crazed and infamous EDP445 (warning, strong language):
— Mike Flanagan (@fLAno0) January 18, 2016
Now that the Eagles have officially found a replacement for Chip Kelly, it is time for the team to completely restructure their offensive scheme and find ways to utilize Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. It may take some time and it may cause some impatience with the Eagles fanbase, but the hiring of Doug Pederson is a step in the right direction for this franchise.