Doug Pederson out as Eagles coach

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Pederson was sacked as the Eagles' head coach on Monday, eight days after their season ended in freakish fashion with Pederson pulling rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in the second half against Washington.

Eagles Head coach Doug Pederson has been fired, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

"I have spent the last few weeks evaluating everything from this past year and looking ahead", said Lurie in an official statement.

ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie may have been disappointed with the vision of the future of the franchise with Pederson at the helm, leading to both sides agreeing to move on. Most notably, Pederson piloted the Eagles to a 13-3 record and beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII with backup Nick Foles at quarterback.

Lurie reportedly had concerns that included Pederson's plan to fix an offense that underperformed in 2020, the future at the quarterback position and the makeup of the coaching staff.

Wentz regressed dramatically in his fifth year and was replaced in the lineup by rookie Jalen Hurts for the last quarter of the season.

Pederson was a starting quarterback in Philadelphia in 1999 and later served as an assistant coach under Andy Reid with the Eagles. The Eagles hired him in January 2016 after abruptly firing Chip Kelly a month earlier.

Since then, Pederson's teams have posted middling results. The Eagles made the playoffs each of those years and went 1-2.

The Inquirer also reported Lurie and executive vice president/general manager Howie Roseman "pressured" Pederson into firing offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch a year ago after publicly saying both men would return in their roles.

"I still have total faith, total trust in Carson Wentz and myself together to get the job done".

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the decision to fire Pederson came down to one simple reality: The coach was exhausted of people telling him what to do.

In Philadelphia, the Eagles will join six other teams in pursuing coaching candidates. We all have complete confidence in Nate as a player, there's a reason he's been here this long, and a reason the team brought him back.



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