Why was Pederson spotted at Bears training camp?


It's hard to believe, but just seven months ago Doug Pederson was still in charge of the Eagles. 

In those seven months since the team parted ways with its only Super Bowl-winning head coach ever, many have wondered what Pederson's next step in the league will be after he sat out the ensuing round of head coach and coordinator hirings. Pederson said he would like another chance at coaching a team at some point.

Now, we've got eyes on Pederson at an NFL training camp wearing a team's colors, and it's... in Chicago?


Here are a couple angles of Pederson, who was spotted Friday at Chicago Bears training camp alongside Bears head coach Matt Nagy:

Very interesting! Pederson and Nagy have a solid shared history, which began in 2009 when Nagy was a coaching intern with the Eagles and Pederson was an offensive quality control coordinator, both under then-head coach Andy Reid.

The two stayed on Reid's staff in various roles until Reid was fired after the 2012 season, at which point they both followed Reid to the Chiefs' staff, where Pederson was offensive coordinator until he left for the Eagles job, and was replaced by... Nagy, until Nagy landed the Bears job.

There are also ex-Eagles assistants on the Bears' staff who overlapped with either Pederson or Nagy, or both. Juan Castillo is now Chicago's O-line coach, and John DeFilippo - who was QBs coach when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII - is Chicago's pass game coordinator and QBs caoch.


So, lots of history here between the two!

(Also, for posterity: Pederson beat Nagy in the 2018 postseason when Cody Parkey double-doinked a field goal at Soldier Field. It was hilarious. Never forget.)

Perhaps Nagy just brought Pederson in as a consultant? Or maybe this is a precursor to an official role on the staff? The Bears just drafted their next franchise QB in Justin Fields, and Pederson certainly has plenty of history with storied rookie QBs.

Oh, and uh... just in case you forgot, Nick Foles is the Bears' third-string quarterback right now. So maybe the Bears are going to fire Nagy and replace him with Pederson, trade Andy Dalton, install Justin Fields as the starter, and then bench Fields for Nick Foles in Week 14 en route to an improbable Super Bowl victory.

You never know.

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