The day after the Eagles’ 2020 season ended, Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman met with reporters in a media session that seemed to ensure both would return for the 2021 season.
Apparently, that’s not as definite as we thought.
Pederson’s job might not be that safe after all, according to ESPN. The report says Pederson’s status is “not firm.”
According to the report, Pederson and owner Jeff Lurie are expected to meet early this week after last Tuesday's meeting did not go well.
Obviously, the situation with Carson Wentz is at the top of the list of things to figure out this offseason. Wentz and Pederson reportedly have a strained relationship and meetings were set to begin soon for both sides to try to figure out a resolution.
Beyond the Wentz decision, there "are a number of outstanding issues ranging from personnel to coaching staff outlook."
Just before the end of the season, Pederson said multiple times that he was very confident he would be back for the 2021 season. It seemed like he had either been given assurances or he was publicly campaigning to keep his job. If it was the latter, it seemed like it worked … until now.
“I know exactly how to get things fixed,” Pederson said. “We've won a lot of games around here. Been in the post-season three out of the five years I've been here and a championship and all that. I've seen it, I've done it. That's where my confidence lies.”
During his five seasons, Pederson has led the Eagles to a 42-37-1 record. They hit their peak obviously in 2017, when Pederson led the Eagles to a 13-3 record and the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
But in the three years since, the Eagles have seen a gradual decline. They finished with 9-7 records in 2018 and 2019 but after winning a playoff game in 2018, they were knocked out in the first round in 2019. And in 2020, the Eagles bottomed out with a 4-11-1 record.
2016: 7-9; last in NFC East
2017: 13-3; won Super Bowl
2018: 9-7; lost in divisional round
2019: 9-7; lost in wild card round
2020: 4-11-1; last in NFC East
The Eagles already know they will have several staff shakeups even if Pederson returns. The major one is the departure of Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator. Schwartz stepped down last week.
If the Eagles are going to fire Pederson, they’re going to want to do it soon. Other teams will have a head start on the hiring process.
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