Philadelphia Eagles hire Doug Pederson as new head coach

Posted Jan 19, 2016

The Philadelphia Eagles have appointed a familiar face to be their new head coach.

Saturday’s playoff defeat to New England might have represented the end of the road for the Chiefs this season, but it was the start of a new one for offensive co-ordinator Doug Pederson. Named as the Eagles’ new head coach on Monday, he will hold his introductory press conference this afternoon before getting straight into the job of evaluating his roster and preparing for free agency and the draft.

The decision to appoint Pederson had reportedly been made last week, but league rules forbid clubs from officially hiring any coach while he is still involved in a postseason run with another team. Pederson has worked in Philadelphia before, though, going 2-7 as a short-term starter at quarterback in 199, then returning as offensive quality control co-ordinator and later quarterbacks coach between 2009 and 2012. 

In both instances, he was working under Andy Reid, and his return now has been widely interpreted as an attempt to recapture the spirit of those teams after the ill-fated Chip Kelly era. Reid went an impressive 130-93-1 in regular season games with Philly, reaching the playoffs in nine out of 14 seasons.

But he also failed to deliver the Super Bowl win that his city craved, posting a more modest 10-9 record in the postseason. And in the Philadelphia News, John Smallwood greeted the new coach by listing some of the ways in which Eagles fans would prefer Pederson not to be like Reid.

His advice included warnings not to mismanage the game clock (“Doug, for the life of you, do not call a timeout within the first 17 minutes of your first game unless you absolutely have a crystal- clear reason for doing so”), not to undervalue wide receivers and not to start every single press conference with an injury report.

“But Doug,” he continued, “the No. 1 ‘Do Not Do Like Andy Reid Did’ will be:

“* DO NOT fail to win a Super Bowl. Reid won more games than any coach in Eagles history, advanced to five NFC Championship Games and Super Bowl XXXIX. None of that matters because the only thing he did not win is the only thing that matters to this town.

“Doug, if you want to be your own coach, crush the perception and not constantly be referred to as ‘Lil' Andy,’ then the most important thing you should do is deliver a Vince Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia.”

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