The Philadelphia Eagles were the defending NFC champions coming into this year, and were the only team in the division that didn’t have a new head coach. They also had a franchise QB who got a huge extension to lead the team back to the playoffs for years to come.
Then 2020 happened and everything fell apart spectacularly. COVID-19, injuries, a kick the can down the road salary cap, and the complete disaster that was Carson Wentz doomed the season. Now Head Coach Doug Pederson is out and the rebuild is on. Philadelphia went from first to worst in the NFC East and finished the season 4-11-1 and will have the #6 pick in this year’s draft. Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz saw that train coming and decided to take a year off before the ax dropped.
After speaking with two people close to former #Eagles coach Doug Pederson, it sounds like this is what it boiled down: Pederson was sick of people telling him what to do.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2021
Word came out yesterday that Doug Pederson was on the hot seat and he would have to lay out his vision for the team that he led to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win just 3 short years ago. Obviously that meeting didn’t go as planned, and Pederson is reportedly tired of being told what to do. He has had demands from above to change his coaching staff in the past, and his Super Bowl-winning QB Nick Foles was shipped out of town. GM Howie Roseman survives another head coach, and sticks around to fix this mess. Pederson ends his time in Philly with a 42-37-1 regular season record and a 4-2 postseason record. His last game as the Eagles head coach was a humiliating loss to the Washington Football Team that saw him pull starting QB Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in the world’s most obvious tank.
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