Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has been named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Monday. Philadelphia decided to replace offensive coach with offensive coach as they look to turn the page from the Chip Kelly era.
Pederson, 47, enjoyed a 12-year playing career in the NFL as primarily a backup quarterback, including one year in Philadelphia. He also served as an offensive quality control coach for the Eagles from 2009-10 and their quarterbacks coach from 2011-12. In his three seasons as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator, Kansas City ranked first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (54), third in yards per carry (4.64) and seventh in total rushing yards (6,018).
Pederson was brought in to Kansas City when Andy Reid took over, helping overhaul the 2-14 Chiefs into an 11-5 playoff team.
“We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. “Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players. All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”
The hire does not bode well for Sam Bradford whose skill set is not suited for the West Coast offense Pederson employs. It is also interesting to consider that the Eagles fired Reid after the 2012 season and are now replacing Kelly with a Reid assistant just three years later.
The Eagles will formally introduce Pederson in a press conference on Tuesday.