Eagles fire Doug Pederson
In a late and somewhat shocking offseason move, the Philadelphia Eagles have fired head coach Doug Pederson. Pederson spent five years with the Eagles and won the franchise's only Super Bowl title.
Pederson had gained a reputation as an offensive guru after his playing days as a backup quarterback. He was highly thought of as an assistant coach in Philly before following Andy Reid to Kanas City as offensive coordinator. After assuming play-calling duties, the Chiefs win 10 straight games to end the 2015 season--leading to head coaching opportunities.
Philadelphia hired Pederson to replace Chip Kelly in 2016. He would finish with an overall record of 42-37, including a 13-3 season and a Super Bowl title in 2017-18, which was his second season. That season led to a contract extension through the 2022 season, but recent events led to the early termination of that contract.
Since the Super Bowl season, the Eagles have regressed with back-to-back 9-7 seasons and a 4-11-1 record in 2020. There were rumors that Pederson's relationship with QB Carson Wentz had become broken beyond repair, which both deny. He also seemed to have lost the team after benching QB Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in a nationally televised game that had been competitive until that point. It was obvious to anyone watching that Hurts gave the Eagles the best chance to win, and players voiced their surprise and frustration with the decision after the game.
Pederson met with owner Jeffrey Lurie to discuss his future and the direction of the franchise. Lurie was reportedly not pleased with Pederson's ideas and vision, which led the parties to go their separate ways.