With head coach hirings taking place left and right, Jeff Lurie and the Eagles finally found their answer in Doug Pederson.
Pederson is currently the offensive coordinator under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid at the Kansas City Chiefs. Although Pederson reportedly wasn’t the Eagles’ first choice, he could be the man to bring the Philly back to the playoffs. Since the Chiefs are still playing, we won’t be able to find out too much of Pederson’s plan.
This isn’t the first time Pederson has been in Philadelphia. In 1999 Pederson played QB under Andy Reid, and he mentored Donvan McNabb. 10 years later, Pederson worked offensive quality control before moving up to quarterback coach in 2011. The same year the Eagles put up a record 6,386 total yards with Michael Vick’s career high 3,303 passing yards.
Playing and working with Andy Reid, Pederson has developed a successful West Coast style of football. This has helped Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles perform with All Pro consistency. The success will hopefully transfer over to Sam Bradford or the next Eagles’ QB.
While Pederson’s style of offense will help the skill produce and eliminate turnovers, there is still the problem of changing the defense. The Eagles have to find a defensive coordinator that will work with Pederson’s expected 4-3 defense. New linebackers Coach, Ken Flajole, used a 4-3 system when he was a defensive coordinator for the Rams. There are a lot of candidates out there but none have jumped to the top of the list yet.
Although Pederson doesn’t have the experience most of the other head coach candidates have, Eagles fans should be optimistic for next season.