Former Eagles HC Doug Pederson To Take Year Off?

Doug Pederson is out of work and he’s planning to keep it that way for now. The former Eagles head coach says he’s “leaning towards” taking the 2021 season off (via Les Bowen of The Inquirer). 

Just a few years ago, Pederson was a hero in Philadelphia. But, after an especially trying season, the Eagles gave him the hook. The Super Bowl LII winner went 9-7 in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, his Eagles went 4-11-1. It was initially reported that the Eagles would bring him back for another year — that all changed after the team’s Week 17 debacle.

It stands to reason that Pederson’s absence from football can make hearts grow fonder. After all, the Birds have been plagued by injuries in recent years, and their struggles cannot be placed squarely on Pederson’s shoulders. While Carson Wentz regressed sharply in 2020, Pederson had a hand in the quarterback’s early career success.

After his dismissal, some believed that Pederson was ticketed for the Jets, where he could reunite with old pal Joe Douglas. He was also connected to the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator vacancy just last week. Ultimately, he wasn’t a hot HC candidate in this cycle, but he might have better luck next year.

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    So he’s going to take a year off to try his hand at broadcasting I suspect.

    • BG99

      The stink of failure is too strong on him right now.

      He will be considered next year when guys start getting fired in mid-season.

      • Polish Hammer

        He’ll sit home and pull a paycheck, no need to rush into any vacancy.

        • BG99

          He needs to sit at home and watch how other successful coaches manage their teams.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Should be better opportunities next year.

    Cowboys might sack McCarthy,
    Raiders could sack Gruden,
    Bears could sack Nagy, and who knows maybe the Bengals sack their guy..

    Raiders I think would be a good spot for Pederson, if they have a bad season. Get rid of Carr and bring in a new young QB. You’d have Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller and Henry Ruggs.
    You’d definitely need to bring in a good new DC put it would be a good fresh start for both him and that team

    • crosseyedlemon

      All Chucky has to do to keep his job with the Raiders is keep telling Mark Davis that he’s a brilliant owner with a stylish haircut. Bears could decide to swap Nagy for Peterson at some point though.

    • petersdylan36

      Also the Vikings could look for a new HC
      Maybe Belichic retires
      Denver may go in a new direction
      Maybe even the Steelers
      Cowboys could too if the have a similar year with healthy roster
      The average is 7-8 head coaches get fired a year. 25% of the league

      • compassrose

        10 years $100 mill. Davis could try and pull his daddies move fire him and say it is for cause and not pay him. When asked what was the cause he replied because I wanted too. I can’t think they take the chance of firing him and having to pay him what $40-50 mill. Not sure how many years are left. More than likely they would spend a few years in court with appeals etc end up running a huge lawyer bill and lose.

  3. MileHighFan

    Pederson has two fully paid vacation years in front of him (at $4 million per), as his contract runs through 2022. Unlike players, a head coach’s contract is fully guaranteed.

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