It’s official. The first Philadelphia Eagles head coach to ever bring home a Lombardi Trophy has now been fired. According to multiple sources, Jeffrey Lurie has officially cut ties with Doug Pederson.
Since the team’s miraculous Super Bowl season, they’ve been mediocre at best, posting a a 22-25-1 record. Pederson did lead the team to three straight playoff appearances, but after an abysmal 4-11-1 season in 2020 and multiple reports that Lurie didn’t like Pederson’s vision for the future of the team, Lurie chose to ride with general manager Howie Roseman over Pederson.
Pederson will undoubtedly be hired to lead a new team this offseason. The entire Eagles organization has become a dysfunctional mess, and until everyone in leadership is held accountable, the struggles will continue.
Roseman will now be involved in his third coaching search and they’ll be starting behind the 8-ball, as many local reporters believed Pederson would be back following the end of the year press conference held by Pederson and Roseman. This franchise wasn’t prepared to make a coaching change this offseason, and now that’s exactly what they’ll have to do.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, sources close to Pederson claimed this decision boiled down to Doug not wanting to be a yes man anymore. He wanted more control of the organization, and clearly Lurie wasn’t willing to give it to him.
I’m not sure if any formidable coaching candidate will be willing to take this job given the fall out with Pederson. None of the best candidates will want to be a puppet for the organization.
The future already looked bleak for the Eagles. Now, an offseason that already had a lot of question marks surrounding it has another huge one to answer.