- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was fired by the team on Monday.
- Pederson led the Eagles to their first and only Super Bowl win in 2017.
- He is currently a +200 betting favorite to land the New York Jets coaching job.
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The 52-year old coach was expected to remain with the team despite the Eagles finishing with a 4-11-1 record this season. However, in a team statement released on Monday, Pederson is out after five seasons as Eagles head coach:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 11, 2021
Pederson is just the 8th coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl during his first two seasons as head coach. He led the Eagles to the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the 2017, outwitting Bill Belichick and defeating Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. Philadelphia made three consecutive playoff appearances before the wheels came off in 2020. Pederson finishes his tenure in Philly with a 46-39-1 record including four playoff wins, and the only NFL title in franchise history.
In addition to concerns about the #Eagles offense, the relationship between Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman may be strained, to say nothing of the relationship between Pederson and Jeffrey Lurie. One way or another, Pederson’s job is not safe: https://t.co/9BO5K4zGGw
— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) January 10, 2021
The friction between Pederson and the Eagles became a story right after their season ended. Players disagreed with his decision to bench Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ week 17 game against Washington. Pederson drew flak from NFL fans everywhere as he seem not interested in winning that game.
Then there was a reported disagreement about his plans to promote his assistant coaches. According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lurie was “underwhelmed” with Pederson’s plan to promote Press Taylor from Quarterbacks Coach to Offensive coordinator. There were also rumors that Carson Wentz’s relationship with Pederson had soured.
It can be recalled that Pederson benched Wentz during the second half of Philadelphia’s week 13 loss to the Packers. Rookie Jalen Hurts took over in that game and went on to start for the Eagles the rest of the way. That also reportedly led to a strained relationship between Pederson and the franchise QB whom the team signed to an extension just two years ago. After Wentz’s benching, it was obvious that only one of them was going to be back in 2021. It just was surprising that its Wentz who will be returning, at least for now.
Increased Chance That Wentz Stays
Doug Pederson firing significantly increases chances of Carson Wentz staying in Philadelphia, a source told ESPN. Became clear keeping both would be difficult. Eagles could always gauge market or adjust with new coach but relationship appears salvageable.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 11, 2021
According to a report from ESPN, there’s an “increased chance” that Wentz will be staying with the Eagles and that the relationship between the QB and the franchise is salvageable.Wentz had planned to request for a trade after the season because his relationship with Pederson was “fractured beyond repair” despite the fact that the coach denied the friction between them.
The former no. 2 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft dramatically regressed this season. Wentz completed 251 of 437 passes this season for 2,620 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His completion percentage is a career-low while his interceptions are the most in his five-year NFL career. Wentz’s 72.8 quarterback rating was also the lowest in his NFL career. But despite his struggles, Wentz was not solely at fault.
Sources described the Eagles’ 2020 offense as one without an identity. The team brought in a large number of mismatched individuals last offseason to work as assistant coaches and consultants but struggled to get on the same page. The absence of a centralized vision for what the offense should look like caused it to struggle. As a result, the Eagles ranked 26th in scoring at 20.9 points per game and were 28th in passing at 207.9 yards per game during the 2020 season.
Headed to the Jets?
Hiring Doug Pederson is Jets’ best chance to get this right https://t.co/1LnrEMSOFL pic.twitter.com/Qoej1Mr39d
— New York Post (@nypost) January 12, 2021
Shortly after his release, Pederson was immediately linked to the New York Jets. Jets general manager Joe Douglas came from the Eagles organization and his familiarity with Pederson could factor in the Eagles’ coaching search. Online sportsbook BetOnline has listed the Jets as the betting favorites to be Pederson’s next team at +200. The Los Angeles Chargers (+300) and Jacksonville Jaguars (+400) are next in their current odds board.
As for the Eagles, the same online sportsbook says that Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is the betting favorite to land Pederson’s old job. Bieniemy is the architect of the league’s most explosive offense and given the Eagles’ 2020 offensive woes, he could be the right man for the job.
Other names in the opening odds board include Chiefs QB coach Mike Kafka who spent two season playing for the Eagles. Kafka is second in the current odds board at +400 while Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is third at +450. Meanwhile, Tennessee Titans OC Arthur Smith is another intriguing name at +500 and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is the top collegiate coach on the list at +550.