Doug Pederson will not be returning as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles next season after being relieved of his duties. The team announced the move on Monday along with statements from Pederson and team chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie.
Pederson was not let go following Philadelphia's Week 17 loss to the Washington Football Team on the infamous "Black Monday", a day that sees head coaches from around the league lose their positions, making it seem as if he was safe for another year. Yet on Sunday, it was reported that Pederson's status with the Eagles was "not firm."
Now, Pederson is out in Philadelphia just three seasons removed from delivering a Super Bowl in 2017.
Pederson came under fire for a decision made in Week 17's game, as he opted to replace quarterback Jalen Hurts with Nate Sudfeld for the fourth quarter despite his team trailing by only three points. Though Pederson claimed it was not a move made to ensure a loss and better their draft position, not many bought it and it reportedly left numerous players "outraged."
Aside from what could have been the nail in the coffin for Pederson's time with the Eagles, the 2020 season as a whole was a disaster. Philadelphia went 4-11-1, its worst record in five seasons under Pederson. While the regression of his franchise quarterback Carson Wentz was not fully his fault, Pederson and the Eagles were clearly trending downward.
For Pederson, his coaching time in Philadelphia comes to a close after five seasons. He went 42-37-1 in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs.
As for the Eagles, with the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, questions at quarterback and a potential overhaul of a cap-heavy roster needed, the Eagles now enter the offseason needing to fill another hole at head coach.
This move makes Washington head coach Ron Rivera the longest-tenured head coach in the NFC East, despite his first season just wrapping up. Rivera was hired on January 1 of 2020, shortly before the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy and the Giants brought in Joe Judge.