Will Doug Pederson return to coaching?

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With five years of coaching salary and a buyout that could land in the range of $10 million, former Eagles coach Doug Pederson may end up with enough money in the bank to not have to ever work again. And maybe he won’t, at least not in the NFL.

Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer looks at whether Pederson will ever return to coaching, given the way things went for him in five years with the Eagles.

Yes, he won a Super Bowl in his second season, the only one in franchise history. As recently explained by TheAthletic.com, however, Pederson was treated “like a baby,” with his decisions second guessed even in victory.

The item from Hayes is labeled an opinion; the only news in the article is that Pederson recently purchased a 38-foot fishing boat with a quartet of 400-hp engines. This suggests that he plans to spend plenty of time with a rod and reel.

Hayes points out that Pederson himself told John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia in March that Pederson is “[s]eeing what God has in my future, as far as football goes . . . I enjoyed my time. I’m just hoping that it’s not over. I feel like I still have some good years ahead of me.”

At only 53, he surely does. The question becomes whether he’ll be a fired NFL head coach who gets another chance to be an NFL head coach without having to re-prove himself as a coordinator.

Three seasons as the offensive coordinator in Kansas City set the stage for his head-coaching opportunity in Philly, where he replaced Chip Kelly. Owners who may consider Pederson undoubtedly would explore the circumstances surrounding the stunning disintegration of the Eagles. While Pederson may think he was treated like a baby, others in the organization just as easily could believe he acted like one, refusing to accept what would possibly be characterized as constructive criticism as the Eagles (like every other modern NFL franchise) try to mesh football with analytics.

If Pederson took a standoffish approach to perceived infringement on the turf of the head coach in Philly, maybe he’d do the same thing if given a head-coaching job with another franchise that also engages in active oversight of the position that used to carry a lot more autonomy and discretion.

That’s not an effort to take sides. The Eagles are hardly the only dysfunctional team in the NFL, and they found a way to win a Super Bowl amid whatever level of chaos existed in the organization. Before Pederson would ever have another head-coaching job in the NFL, the team potentially hiring him would have to understand his role, if any, in the mess that was made in Philly in order to project whether he’ll contribute to the making of a new mess with a new team.

22 responses to “Will Doug Pederson return to coaching?

  1. Pederson will never be a head coach again, QB coach, maybe.

    Doug is a good guy, I think he could help a team as QB coach. He should jump at the chance if offered.

  2. Throwing the last game he ever coached in the 4th quarter on national TV to get an inept backup QB some useless reps might not help his chances.

  3. I don’t think it’s complicated. The Eagles did treat him like a baby with Roseman and Lurie on his case constantly. But Doug also let the SB go to his head. I think he started believing his own press. Not only did they win with a backup QB, but he coached a brilliant game. He started thinking he was an offensive genius. In reality he was part of it. A different roster, luck, and coaches like Reich all had major roles. And then there were the injury issues, Wentz’s struggles and just bad luck. As a fan I put about 2/3 of the blame on Lurie and Roseman. About 1/3 on Doug (if we are putting aside injuries and luck for a second).

  4. I am sure the GM and/or owner ordered up the thrown game vs. WFT. Maybe Pederson would enjoy coaching a small college team in a fishing port. Much less pressure, more fishing.

  5. He’s not a “genius” coach in any way but I think he gets another shot. There are 12 teams that have never won a Super Bowl and multiple others that haven’t been to one in a long time. One of them takes a shot

  6. I enjoy my job, not many headaches, and isn’t dangerous or dirty. However, if I had $20MM socked away, I’d be skiing, boating and traveling.

  7. What happened?? Not to long ago Peterson announced to the world “ This is the new norm in Philly “ oh how the mighty have fallen !!!

  8. The greatest mystery in the history of the NFL will always be “How the hell did this bonehead win a Super Bowl?”

  9. Maybe so … however, it’s not hard to imagine the response of almost any other championship winning coach to such a directive from a GM or owner … Belichick, Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Coughlin, Carroll … take your pick. It would be interesting to know his true feelings about that call, now that he’s not toeing the party line for the team anymore. Hell, they fired him anyway.

    scarletknight says:
    April 17, 2021 at 9:05 am
    I am sure the GM and/or owner ordered up the thrown game vs. WFT. Maybe Pederson would enjoy coaching a small college team in a fishing port. Much less pressure, more fishing

  10. In general a head coach should go back to being a coach and observe the other coaches and learn from them. Treated as a learning opportunity, you were fired for a reason learn from that.
    Now if you can get a head coaching job in the year then sure take it, otherwise consider a lesser other coaching job, where you can learn.

  11. He is a good coach, even putting aside the Super Bowl win. The Eagles hung in there when their team was destroyed by injuries. As a Dallas fan, I would take Pederson over McCarthy any day.

  12. What’s with so many NFL coaches spending money on boats? Pederson, Arians, Belichick, Jimmy Johnson… the list goes on and on.

  13. At least he won coming from the Reid tree, which is much better than the BB tree for sure.

  14. Does anyone remember when the Eagles hired Chip Kelly & he demoted Howie Roseman & put his office in the broom closet?

  15. The Eagles have a head office that meddles in the football operations.

    I don’t see the Hunts, Rooneys, and even Kraft really involved in football operations and the teams are mostly successful.

    Jerry, Ross in Miami, Lurie in Philly. We seen disfunction and chaos.

  16. He has offers now (or had) to be an OC or QB coach, but he is getting paid by the Eagles still. If he accepts a job, that payment stops. He is sticking it to Jeff Lurie and I love it.

  17. He will need to prove himself someplace, before getting another HC job. I can see him taking a Coordinator/QBC/Passing Game position w/Eric Bieniemy, if he ever gets a HC gig, or back in KC, if Bieniemy leaves there. I don’t think he has the personality to be a college HC, but I can see him taking a Coordinator job at one of the top Power-5 programs; maybe LSU, USC, or possibly replacing O’Brien at Alabama when he takes a HC job someplace else next year.

  18. arpy9110 says:
    April 17, 2021 at 10:16 am
    Maybe so … however, it’s not hard to imagine the response of almost any other championship winning coach to such a directive from a GM or owner … Belichick, Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Coughlin, Carroll … take your pick. It would be interesting to know his true feelings about that call, now that he’s not toeing the party line for the team anymore. Hell, they fired him anyway.

    $10M Severance includes a gag order, I’m sure.

  19. Maybe he should wait until someone gets fired. There should be openings by then

  20. richabbs says:
    April 17, 2021 at 11:55 am
    He will need to prove himself someplace, before getting another HC job. I can see him taking a Coordinator/QBC/Passing Game position w/Eric Bieniemy, if he ever gets a HC gig, or back in KC, if Bieniemy leaves there. I don’t think he has the personality to be a college HC, but I can see him taking a Coordinator job at one of the top Power-5 programs; maybe LSU, USC, or possibly replacing O’Brien at Alabama when he takes a HC job someplace else next year.

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    Dude. Pederson is SB wining coach with a winning record in the NFL. I agree it went to his head and he’s no genius, but prove himself? This is Philly Special Doug Pederson. This is winning the SB with a backup QB Doug Pederson. A coordinator job in a power 5 school? LOL.

  21. People claiming Pederson has to take a coordinator position are just delusional! Andy Reid had zero rings and was coming off a 4 win season and KC gladly scooped up Big Red. Pederson has a Super Bowl ring and a winning record overall. He will have his pick of Head Coaching jobs next season.

  22. Pederson was a very good coach. He was given a rash of injuries during the last 4 years of coaching and still won a SB in one of them, went to the playoffs in 2 of them. He also had to deal with poor drafting and a very good QB that became un-coachable. He will get another HC job, but may have to wait a year or so. He does deserve credit for getting his teams and backup players to step up for at least a three year period- of those last 4 yrs. He did the best with what he was given. He ended the 57 year drought in Philly. like someone said earlier- 12 teams could be looking at their current HC options and watching the contract cost of making a decision. For older billionaires with 3 to 4 years left before their on walkers and tennis balls, Pederson might be an option to finally hoist a trophy- or have your “bag man” hoist it for you.

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