With Hue Jackson fired, most of the 2016 new coaching class is gone

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In 2016, seven NFL teams hired new head coaches. Most of those coaches have now been fired.

When the Browns fired Hue Jackson this week, it made the fourth member of that seven-member coaching class to lose his job. Here are the seven new coaches hired that year:

Adam Gase: 20-20 in the regular season and 0-1 in the postseason through two and a half seasons with the Dolphins.
Hue Jackson: Fired after going 3-36-1 in two and a half seasons with the Browns.
Chip Kelly: Fired after going 2-14 in one season with the 49ers.
Dirk Koetter: 17-22 in two and a half seasons with the Buccaneers.
Ben McAdoo: Fired during his second season after going 13-15 in the regular season and 0-1 in the postseason.
Mike Mularkey: Fired after going 18-14 in the regular season and 1-1 in the postseason in two years with the Titans. (Mularkey began his tenure as the Titans’ interim head coach in 2015, but he was hired on a permanent basis in 2016.)
Doug Pederson: 24-16 in the regular season and 3-0 in the postseason through two and a half seasons with the Eagles.

Of those seven, four have already been fired, and both Gase and Koetter could be on the hot seat depending on how the second half of this season goes. Only Pederson is an unqualified success.

But “unqualified” is also a word used for Pederson at the time he was hired, and not in a good way. The Eagles were widely panned for hiring Pederson. For one example, check this USA Today article, which called Pederson the worst hiring of 2016 and Kelly the best.

Pederson has undeniably done a great job with the Eagles. The rest of the 2016 coaching class? Not so much.

38 responses to “With Hue Jackson fired, most of the 2016 new coaching class is gone

  1. But “unqualified” is also a word used for Pederson at the time he was hired, and not in a good way. The Eagles were widely panned for hiring Pederson.
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    In the internet age, every single newly hired coach is “widely panned”. Every single one. Tom Landry would have never made it past his first season today.

  2. The thing to remember about the Eagles is it wasn’t just Pederson, it was also giving Howie Roseman back control of the personel.

    If Roseman doesn’t pull off the heist with Minnesota in trading Sam Bradford, there is no Carson Wentz and how well do you think Roseman would’ve done with Bradford on the IR and no qualified backup behind him. Foles? You can forget about Nick Foles signing with Philly if Kelly was still in charge.

    I could go on much longer but it was more than just Pederson, the surrounding management and coaching staff were home runs as well. After just 2 years two of Pederson’s not highly touted offensive assitants were hired away, one to be a HC. That shows that teams thought the entire staff contributed greatly to the Eagles.

    I think the Eagles do miss Frank Reich in their offensive play calling. Pederson is the lone holdover on the offensive side from the top 3 positions but only because the team was so successful.

    What i am trying to say, with Roseman, Reich and DeFillipo Pederson would’ve failed. He looked overmatched his first year but he learned. I think that is one of the most underrated attributes for coaches, the ability to look in the mirror and not have an ego. Learn from what is working and what doesn’t. You don’t need a special talent to do that but as we see from Hue Jackson, ego rules his decisions from his decisions on who to play to his press conferences.

  3. Pederson has been very good but it’s obvious he misses Reich and Defelippo. Play calling has been less dynamic and pass happy at times.

  4. We all know it’s a very different skill set being the Coordinator vs being the HC. It’s no different than people saying a guy can’t play so why can he coach? A deep understanding of the game’s strategy, how to motivate people to play to their best abilities, how to keep everyone focused and well-prepared, how to manage the media and all the extra interaction you have with fans, organizational skills, the list goes on and on.

    The ability to design football plays and teach guys how to be better is on the list for sure, but it’s way down the list. If it wasn’t we’d have seen guys like Norv and Wade be a lot more successful as a HC.

  5. As an Eagles fan my main observation from last year: The owner, front office and coaching staff must be on the same page. If not that dysfunction seeps into the organization (scouting, play calling, assistant coaches, etc etc) and the team suffers.

  6. And remember, Philly was set to hire McAdoo which made the Giants rush to do so. So the best choice of the bunch, Pederson, was not even who they really wanted!

  7. notice how none of them have a qb, or had a qb underperform. these guys are signed, have a roster full of guys who arent there guys or arent right for the system. by the time coaches can get theirnguys in, theyre fired. and the cycle continues. without good qb play a coach does not stand a chance

  8. Unlike this year’s crop pf geniuses. Take Gruden for example.

    The man discovered a way to persuade maybe upwards of 80% of all NFL players to wriggle out of their contracts and “rush” the Raider fraternity in 2019.

    He discovered the secret. Apparently, only the Raiders brand has any appeal to players. The two-pronged stratagem is (1) putting a skull on your helmet and (2) moving to Vegas.

  9. After only being 20-20 halfway thru his third season the “QB Whisperer” Gase
    has proven he’s not a good HC & wasn’t a proven coordinator!
    And spare me the “he got us into the playoffs in 2016” bull – that was a fluke !

  10. Great post, eagleswin. Pederson had a terrific circle of support around him and may have benefitted from the right mix of players and attitudes as well. He may be uber-talented or he could be dumb as a rock but the fact remains that he was a successful band leader and kept it all together.

  11. If Roseman doesn’t pull off the heist with Minnesota in trading Sam Bradford, there is no Carson Wentz and how well do you think Roseman would’ve done with Bradford on the IR and no qualified backup behind him. Foles? You can forget about Nick Foles signing with Philly if Kelly was still in charge.
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    I guess I’m confused. Wentz was drafted 5 months before Bradford was traded. The “heist” had nothing to do with the acquisition of Wentz. If Bradford stayed in Philly, Wentz would have been the qualified backup and future starter when Bradford hit the IR

  12. eagleswin says:
    November 3, 2018 at 8:24 am
    The thing to remember about the Eagles is it wasn’t just Pederson, it was also giving Howie Roseman back control of the personel.

    If Roseman doesn’t pull off the heist with Minnesota in trading Sam Bradford, there is no Carson Wentz and how well do you think Roseman would’ve done with Bradford on the IR and no qualified backup behind him. Foles? You can forget about Nick Foles signing with Philly if Kelly was still in charge.

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    Amazing you could get so many up votes, while being so wrong. The Eagles traded for Wentz with Bradford still on the roster. They didn’t trade Bradford until days before the regular season started (the pick eventually being used for Derrick Barnett)

    We won’t even go into detail about how ridiculous “forgetting about Foles” is, considering that Foles had one of the best seasons of ALL TIME in his one year under Chip

    Don’t get me wrong, getting rid of Chip was overdue, and Pederson has turned out to be a great coach. But your reasoning is just flat out wrong

  13. There have been very rare exceptions, but most coaches that win have good personnel to work with, and most that fail have bad players. Otherwise, Bill Walsh wouldn’t have gone 2-14 his first season, Jimmy Johnson 1-15, Tom Landry 0-11-1, Chuck Noll 1-13. And how do you explain George Seifert going 1-15 in Carolina a few years after leaving the 49ers with the all time highest winning percentage in NFL history and 2 super bowl trophies? Did he forget how to coach? Has anyone followed the careers of all the assistant coaches who have left New England and Tom Brady, and gone out on their own? It hasn’t been real pretty. I have no doubt that all of those coaches were great coaches, they just didn’t have the same players. It’s not 100% just players, but believe me, Bill Walsh wasn’t getting out-coached when he went 2-14 that first season.

  14. Koetter will be next. He himself said earlier this year that Jameis would be here long after himself. By long maybe he meant a couple of days because the writing is on the wall for both of those two.

  15. I guess I’m confused. Wentz was drafted 5 months before Bradford was traded. The “heist” had nothing to do with the acquisition of Wentz. If Bradford stayed in Philly, Wentz would have been the qualified backup and future starter when Bradford hit the IR

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    You are correct in that my timeline is off but you seem confused in what you are posting as well. I shouldn’t post when i’m only half awake.

    Chip Kelly was fired after 2015. Wentz was drafted in 2016. Foles was signed in 2017. Sam Bradford is still one of the most overrated QBs in the league which is proven by the Cardinals paying him $20 mill to be 3rd string.

    The backup for Sam Bradford when CHIP KELLY was coach/gm was Mark Sanchez (I think). Chip Kelly had nothing to do with drafting Wentz, Bradford was the guy he wanted to QB Philly for the next decade.

    Roseman drafted Wentz and signed Foles (among other players while totally overhauling chip kelly’s roster) AFTER kelly left which was the point i was making.

    I hope you are less confused and i apologize for posting before i have had any caffeine and I’m sure other people will enjoy picking apart my faulty timeline while totally ignoring the underlying point.

  16. It’s wild that Gase is 20-20 and increasingly trending towards a hot seat, meanwhile Pederson only has 4 more wins in the same timeframe, winning a super bowl.

  17. Lot worse coaches out there then Garrett, so careful what you are wishing for. actually at the very least Garrett built a winner and drafted tons of pro bowlers. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Garrett needs to take over the play calling his buddy Scotty is bringing him down. Not saying that we may not need a coaching change at HC soon, BUT look at what your options could be and what jerry may bring in???? IF it isnt Harbaugh then MORE then likely we could get a coach like the ones on the article above.

  18. dwinsgames says:
    November 3, 2018 at 9:34 am
    And remember, Philly was set to hire McAdoo which made the Giants rush to do so. So the best choice of the bunch, Pederson, was not even who they really wanted!

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    Well, nobody’s got a crystal ball. But that’s not quite the way it went down. The Eagles interviewed McAdoo and decided to set a second interview with him. The Giants feared they would make him an offer, so they jumped on him. But there’s no telling what that second interview would have yielded. The list of coaching candidates who have received second interviews, but not offers, is pretty long. No doubt, though, they were definitely interested in him, they were also apparently interested in Gase and Coughlin. But Pederson was the only guy who received an offer after the first interview. That might have been because the coaching carousel was about to stop and they didn’t have anybody else within reach, but it may have also been because he impressed them. They settled on him pretty early and were criticized for not being deliberate enough, so I suspect it’s the latter, and not the former.

  19. eagleswin says:

    What i am trying to say, with Roseman, Reich and DeFillipo Pederson would’ve failed. He looked overmatched his first year but he learned.

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    Reich and DeFillipo were there in Pederson’s first year, too. So when the Eagles weren’t great in 2016, Pederson was “overmatched,” but when they were great in 2017, it was Reich and DeFilippo? And now that they’re .500, it’s because Reich and DeFilippo are gone?

    If you want to argue that Pederson’s success is due to his staff, fine. But don’t forget, he assembled and ran the staff. Clearly, he’s good at receiving their input and that increases their importance. But I think it’s simplistic to say that Pederson fails without Reich and DeFilippo in particular.

    It’s always on the HC, but that goes for success as well as failure.

    The play calling has been pass happy this year, but that’s not just a reflection of Pederson’s tendencies. By your own logic where you argue that Pederson’s staff and Roseman deserve credit, the play calling is also a result of context. They had more horses in the backfield last year and weren’t as frequently playing from behind. It was easier to have a higher run-to-pass ratio as a result.

    And finally, regarding the timeline around the qB position: once Wentz was drafted, the writing was on the wall for Bradford. And he knew it. He freaked out and disappeared. Remember? Even if Bridgewater hadn’t gotten hurt on the eve of the 2016 season, Bradford would’ve been relegated to the bench by mid-season and he would have been starting by 2017. The fact that Howie seized the moment so quickly and dealt Bradford to the Vikings is all the proof you need in order to know that the Eagles were planning to put Wentz on the field as soon as possible, while phasing Bradford out. Bridgewater’s broken leg was the answer to the question: how do we get something of value for Bradford?

  20. Yes Dan Campbell > Adam Gase

    Gase can not put together a coaching staff (defensive coordinator)

    Todd Bowles > Joe Philbin

    Bowles was a great interim coach with Miami but the owner
    Ross overlooked him.

    The owner of the Miami Dolphins has no clue on hiring a Head NFL Coach!

  21. media declared Pederson worst hire of 2016 and Belichick worst hire of 2000. One of the clowns who wrote that opinion in 2000 (Ian O’Conner) and repeatedly called for his firing since even had the gall to attempt an unauthorized biography of Belichick 18 years later. He failed miserably again.

  22. Doug Pederson is a fraud. Goodell had the entire league lay down to the Eagles – the worst roster to ever appear in a Superbowl – for them to get to the there. He needed it as a distraction from all the viewership the league was losing to all the kneeling. If it’s not true, why is every player on that roster that was an out of nowhere superstar last year sucking this year? Why are they a lousy, inconsistent team destined for 8-8? Because that’s what they shouldv’e been last year. #fakesuperbowl

  23. razzlejag says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Great post, eagleswin. Pederson had a terrific circle of support around him and may have benefitted from the right mix of players and attitudes as well. He may be uber-talented or he could be dumb as a rock but the fact remains that he was a successful band leader and kept it all together.

    *******
    Eagles have one of the worst rosters in the league and pederson has zero support around him. He’s the one that sets the culture he’s the one that calls the plays he’s the one that goes for it on 4th down

  24. The AFC East has got to be the worst division any sport..

    Ask the Vikings, Bears, Lions, Titansx2, Raiders if the AFC East is easy.

  25. Adam Gase, if he is fired, should find a new job quickly. Denver for example may hire him as head coach. Not every coach can be expected to win the Super Bowl within 3 years of being hired. His starting QB has not been healthy, missing lots of games the past 2 years. When he was healthy, the team made the playoffs. Therefore Gase should not be blamed for the team’s mediocre record.

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