Reports: Doug Pederson will return to the Eagles in 2021

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It’s time to check another box.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson will return to the team in 2021, according to multiple reports.

Why wouldn’t he? Crazed Eagles fans and over-the-top bitter Philly media notwithstanding, Pederson won a Super Bowl trophy in 2017 and took the team to the playoffs in 2018 and 2019. Yes, 2020 went sideways for the team. Surely, that’s not enough to run off a head coach who has shown he knows how to win.

According to ESPN, Pederson is due to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday to discuss plans for the 2021 season.

The plans will include, at a minimum, hiring a new defensive coordinator. Jim Schwartz reportedly won’t return.

And regardless of whether Lurie says it, the mandate for next year will be to return to the postseason. Lurie fired both Andy Reid and Chip Kelly after two straight non-playoff years.

41 responses to “Reports: Doug Pederson will return to the Eagles in 2021

  1. Wise move and spot on points. Pederson deserves another chance and glad we’ll get a new D coordinator.

  2. While Eagles defense wasn’t great this year, the lack of talent has a lot to do with that. I would prefer to keep Schwartz and fire Roseman and Pederson. I think Schwartz has proven his worth over the last few years, more than Pederson. The Eagles truly need to clean house.

  3. Yes they made the playoffs the last two years but they have gotten progressively worse since Frank Reich left. The offense has become abysmal since Pederson took over. One of the worst coaches I’ve ever seen. I’m not an Eagles fan in the least but dude how do you bring this moron back. Covid has truly shown who can handle issues and who can’t. Pederson cannot in the least.

  4. Yup, and he will draft either WR Chase or Smith, fail to neglect their horrid Oline, start Wentz again and have the same results again next year.

  5. He has Super Bowl win… Cant take that away from him. BUT, so does Barry Switzer. So… Thats not necessarily proof that hes a good coach. His team went on a ridiculous heater and won a Lombardi. It was an incredible, fortuitous run. I dont believe they’ll ever even SNIFF another title under Dougie P.

  6. He earned it. Hurts doesn’t look like the joke pick it looked like in April. They’ll get a new DC and start fresh w their new QB. He will prob be fine.

  7. Sorry Eagle’s fans, but as long as Pederson is the HC and insists on bieng the OC, too, you will be at the bottom of the NFC East.

    The Eagles did great when Frank Reich was the OC. Both Wentz and Foles looked like franchise QBs. But as soon as Reich left and Pederson started running the offense, Wentz looked terrible.

    Now Philly has no DC or OC, just Pederson. It’s a shame.

  8. I’d like to use this opportunity to boo this decision here, since I can’t boo in person. Hey Eagles: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  9. Glad he is back – some guys need to go and some need patience. The organizations – such as the Browns Jags, Jets, Lions etc get a long term bottom of the standings ranking due to changing their football staff often. This man can do the job and had some bad luck and some bad decisions ( and there is always bad decisions) just dont keep making them – they are always in it

  10. Id give him one more year, but he shouldnt get too comfortable. Tom Coughlin won 2 superbowls in 4 years, and got the axe 3 years later. This is the ultimate “what have you done for me lately” business.

    In Pederson’s defense, he went 13-3, 9-7, and 9-7 before this year (thats not bad). He doesnt deserve to be fired after this one brutal season.

  11. cueghost says:
    January 2, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    He has Super Bowl win… Cant take that away from him. BUT, so does Barry Switzer. So… Thats not necessarily proof that hes a good coach. His team went on a ridiculous heater and won a Lombardi. It was an incredible, fortuitous run. I dont believe they’ll ever even SNIFF another title under Dougie P.
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    Horrible comparison. Switzer won with the dynasty that Jimmy Johnson built. When pederson won, they had to clean house of chip Kelly’s mess that he left behind and basically start from scratch. Im not here to claim that pederson is so great, but that was just not a good comparison there.

  12. Smart move. Good coaches are hard to come by. The Eagles problems are primarily on the talent acquisition side, not the coaching. They’ve simply got too many highly paid, yet always injured players and no young, inexpensive talent at key positions.

  13. I don’t know anything special about the Eagles but it seems strange to dump him this soon after winning a Super Bowl. I know they have had a lot of injuries but it appears they need an influx of talent at almost every position, which I don’t think can necessarily fall at the coach. I do feel confident that if he is cut free he will not be unemployed long, think Jacksonville, Jets, Chargers, Atlanta, Detroit, Minnesota and Houston.

  14. Not an Eagles fan, decent coaches or better are hard to find. My Vikings are in the same situation with Zimmer. Hes OK, a decent coach but not a great coach.

  15. Frank Reich was the reason why the eagles went to and won the Super Bowl. Since he left to be the HC of Indy, the Eagles have been terrible.

    Rather than hire a new OC, Pederson decided to do it himself……and the Eagles have been terrible since.

    Pederson is the problem. Wentz didn’t go from a potential MVP to a terrible QB. Under Riech, both Wentz and Foles look unstoppable. Without Reich, both look mediocre, at best.

  16. cueghost says:
    January 2, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    He has Super Bowl win… Cant take that away from him. BUT, so does Barry Switzer. So… Thats not necessarily proof that hes a good coach.

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    I hear you but somewhat disagree. While it’s true that it’s a team sport, I can’t recall the last time a Super Bowl win was so clearly tied to a coach’s and QB’s actions in games. In the SB itself, the Pats kept ratcheting up pressure that normally wilts any opponent. But Pederson stayed bold the whole game, matching Belichick move for move. Foles gave what may be the greatest SB performance I’ve ever seen from a QB, but he was put in position to succeed by the coach being brave instead of getting timid.

    I do believe it’s not the same without Foles and Reich, but Pederson has shown he can deliver when the chips are down. Other teams (see: most of the rest of the league) spend decades in the woods looking for that.

    I say this as a Cowboys fan. It’s been a rough ride for the Eagles at times over the last couple seasons, but you don’t bail out that quickly. He deserves more time, probably a lot of it.

  17. He shouldn’t be fired so soon after winning a SB, but his decision making is poor. He goes for it a lot when he doesn’t have the Defense to cover his mistakes. He’ll be gone after next season.

  18. To me keeping Pederson and Roseman makes sense for one reason. They are so much over the cap they will be forced to let go off many high/over paid players which makes them destined for another dismal season and top 10 pick in the 2022 draft. Why bring in new people when everything is currently setup for another bad season. Let them fail in 2021 and keep a close eye on Howie and make sure he doesn’t give out any crazy contracts or making any crazy draft picks. You can then clean house after the 2021 season and start fresh with two top 10 picks from the 21 and 22 drafts and new coach and GM. I would consider letting Dorsey be in charge of the draft because Howie can’t be trusted. Dorsey was probably brought in with the understanding he will replace Howie anyways at some point. Doug’s eventual replacement will likely come from the college ranks. Bob Stoops will be a favorite if Hurts replaces Wentz for good next year.

  19. “Crazed Eagles fans and over-the-top bitter Philly media notwithstanding” – in truth, Pederson is generally supported by the local fans and media. I know that doesn’t fit the popular image of Philadelphia as a crazed bunch of Santa-beaters, but it is what it is. Most of what is said and written has to do with talent acquisition problems and the bind the team is in due to the money committed to Wentz.

  20. …with Hurts under center, we saw the same things we saw with Wentz under center:

    – a play the opposing defense had diagnosed
    – a consistently collapsed pocket
    – receivers who could not get open
    – a QB faced with an extremely narrow margin for error

    By the time of last week’s Cowboys game, Hurts was making the same bad decisions Wentz made and threw two picks at key moments.

    And in that Cowboys game, with 14 minutes left and only down 13 points, and the ball in FG range, the offense imploded with penalties and poor play calling. Still arguably in FG range, and faced with a 4th and 15, Pederson decided that rather than take the FG, he’d like to (predictably) to “be aggressive.” But the Eagles let Cowboys take over on downs because…(to finish this sentence, return to the beginning of this comment).

    This is the loop of failure that Eagles fans have become increasingly used since Wentz returned to the starting role in 2018, with a few exceptions here and there.

    And all of these conditions — especially the imploding offense once within striking distance — ALL OF IT is on the coach, not the players.

    Hurts has performed better with no book on him and better legs, but don’t be fooled: Wentz will go somewhere else and be a good player. Hurts will languish. And this time next year, we’ll be talking about Doug’s potential replacements.

  21. I’m amazed that people still bring up Eagle’s fans throwing snowballs at Santa.

    That incident happened in 1968……52 years ago.

  22. They’re chanting “fire Howie” not “fire Doug”. He still has the support of the fan base.

  23. Decent head coaches can win in the playoffs with talented players and/or great coordinators. The problem is when those great coordinators are hired away — if they are not effectively replaced, those decent head coaches better have a ton of healthy talent.

  24. What a piece of cr^p coach. Gets exposed every week and gets to keep his jerb another season.

  25. I’m sure the eagles would do fine if they cut him loose. Just like when they thought they could improve on Andy Reid

  26. arwiv says:
    January 2, 2021 at 3:48 pm
    Id give him one more year, but he shouldnt get too comfortable. Tom Coughlin won 2 superbowls in 4 years, and got the axe 3 years later. This is the ultimate “what have you done for me lately” business.

    In Pederson’s defense, he went 13-3, 9-7, and 9-7 before this year (thats not bad). He doesnt deserve to be fired after this one brutal season.
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    Chip Kelly inhereited a 4-12 Eagles team and then went 10-6,10-6 and was fired at the 6-9. Never mind he brought in Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz…Pederson would be fired already had Foles not provided him future job security.

  27. arwiv says:
    January 2, 2021 at 3:48 pm
    Id give him one more year, but he shouldnt get too comfortable. Tom Coughlin won 2 superbowls in 4 years, and got the axe 3 years later. This is the ultimate “what have you done for me lately” business.

    In Pederson’s defense, he went 13-3, 9-7, and 9-7 before this year (thats not bad). He doesnt deserve to be fired after this one brutal season.
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Chip Kelly inhereited a 4-12 Eagles team and then went 10-6,10-6 and was fired at the 6-9. Never mind he brought in Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz…Pederson would be fired already had Foles not provided him future job security.

  28. Peterson needs talent Howie Roseman hasn’t given it to him from year to year move Howie back to cap and contrat management and HIRE DANIEL JEREMIAH

  29. I don’t know if Pederson stays long term. But the Eagles aren’t going to be good for a while, and it would be premature to pull the plug on Pederson right now.

  30. He won the SB in 2017 can’t deny that, and good for him. But … look at his record minus 2017 which is an outlier: 29-33. Not even mediocre. And you can’t attribute this year’s record to COVID, etc as ALL teams had to face the same thing to varying degrees. Maybe other NFL outposts are fine with an overall record like that.

  31. Yes Doug went 9-7 in 2018 and 9-7 in 2019 BUT..last year they were horrible on offense. They were 5-7 when Wentz (you know that horrible QB) put the entire team on his back and bailed Doug and the team out of a miserable season and won his last 4 to sneak into the playoffs in a historically bad division last year as well…Doug didn’t win a Superbowl, Frank Reich did.

  32. Thats some lazy writing taking shots at philly fans… most people in town and even the writers think doug should stay. The only person being “run out of town” is Howie, and thats because he is clearly, based on evidence, the worst gm in the nfl. He made his name on teams built left over from Andy and rebuilt by Chip Kelly (who by the way, rosterwise has more to do with the superbowl win than anyone in the organization).

    The great howie roseman boycott must happen or the eagles will be a dumpster fire for a long time.

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