Doug Pederson has the security of a long-term contract with the approach of a guy who’s constantly trying to prove himself.
Pederson after practice Tuesday spoke for the first time about his new four-year contract extension.
After leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship, Pederson is now under contract through 2022. His original three-year deal was set to expire after this coming season.
“I’m definitely honored to be recognized that way,” Pederson said. “I feel truly at the bottom of my heart everything’s year to year.”
The Eagles went 7-9 in Pederson’s first year as a head coach at any level above high school, then went 13-3 last year and roared through the playoffs to the franchise’s first championship in 57 years.
“I’m going to coach my tail off this season, and I’m just thankful to Mr. Lurie and the Eagle organization for believing in me and trusting in me and giving me the extension,” Pederson said. “Just excited to go to work every single day.”
The Eagles announced four-year extensions for both Pederson and vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, and Pederson emphasized the importance of the guy who built a championship team and the guy who coached a championship team being signed together for the foreseeable future.
“I think it’s important,” Pederson said. “I think what you’re seeing (more of) — the GM and head coach having the same amount of years left.
“It really helps in sort of solidifying your plan. Not only your current plan but future plan. When you have the same amount of time remaining you can collaborate that way and prepare that way.”
Where does Joe Douglas fit into all of this?
Douglas, the Eagles’ exceptionally highly regarded vice president of player personnel, is an obvious candidate for a GM job considering his resume.
You would think the better the Eagles do this year, the more likely Douglas is to get a GM offer.
Pederson was asked about Douglas on Tuesday and cryptically said this:
“Joe’s been a big part of everything we’ve done these last two years and he’s been a big part of this process.
“The more people we can keep, we’d love to keep everybody and I know hopefully with another good season I know that will happen.”