He was behind guys like Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay and Eagles fans weren’t very happy about it.
After all, this is a head coach who has led the Eagles to three consecutive playoff berths despite staggering injuries. And in 2017, he led them to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win despite injuries to several key players, including Carson Wentz, who was likely the league’s MVP.
But he was still ninth on this list and former Eagle Emmanuel Acho was having none of that on FS1’s Speak for Yourself.
Most of the things Acho says in the video are things Eagles fans already know about. But they are things that he wanted FS1’s national audience to realize. Pederson really is one of the best coaches in the NFL and he deserves to have his name closer to the top of the list.
Acho played for the Eagles from 2013-15, so he never played under Pederson. He spent his entire Eagles career with Chip Kelly as his coach.
But there are still many players on the Eagles’ roster who were his teammates back then, so he has probably heard plenty of great things about Pederson. One of the most impressive parts about Pederson’s time as head coach is the total buy-in he gets from his players. His guys fight for him.
That’s a big reason why he has been able to rally teams that have been decimated by injuries. No one wants to let Pederson down. In that respect, he’s an awful lot like Andy Reid.
This isn't the first time Acho has put Kelly in his crosshairs. Back in 2018, he used his role on ESPN to light Kelly's rough start at UCLA on fire - and right after Kelly left a brief stint with ESPN, no less:
This is for all the players & fans that have ever had their season ruined by a Head Coach! Specifically, Chip Kelly. pic.twitter.com/eGqzocALRr
Of course, Acho isn't the only Eagle who has recently taken aim at Kelly, who is still coaching for UCLA, for now.
On the first night of this year's NFL Draft, former (and future?) Eagle LeSean McCoy and current Eagle DeSean Jackson were chatting about the old days on Instagram Live, and they quickly began trash-talking Kelly.
Former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho has elaborated on the vague shots he took at the Eagles, and specifically their medical staff, after they drafted cornerback Sidney Jones on Day 2 of the NFL draft.
Acho on Tuesday night released a lengthy tweet praising Eagles fans but also reminding them that they don't know everything. He also reminds reporters that they don't know much either.
Acho says he had a "fantastic" time in Philly and has "no hostility toward anyone in the organization." Hmm, OK.
Then he gets to the meat of the matter.
Acho explains how a difference in opinion about the length of recovery for a given injury can affect the amount of money a player receives in an injury settlement.
His example — maybe hypothetical, probably not — is a player with an MCL tear. If a team says the recovery time is two weeks, then the injury settlement is based on that, he says, even if another doctor says the recovery time is longer.
So that's that.
Acho spent three seasons with the Eagles, who released him right before the 2015 season with an injury settlement (he needed thumb surgery).