Doug Pederson is on increasingly thin ice, and here are three candidates to replace him if he’s fired by the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl three years ago, and made two more playoff appearances after that. But a 4-11-1 campaign this year, capped by trying to defend a quarterback change in Week 17 that was not done in the name of winning no matter what he says, has put head coach Doug Pederson on thin ice.
Firing a Super Bowl-winning head coach still so close to said victory is hard. But ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Tim McMamus have reported Pederson’s job status is “not firm” after a meeting with owner Jeffrey Lurie that did not go well last week. Another meeting is coming soon, but there are questions about Pederson’s vision for the team he will have to answer.
Those questions start but don’t end with quarterback Carson Wentz, who just had the worst season of his career. The departure of a lot of assistant coaches since the season ended has also been alarming, even it was simply rooted in contracts expiring.
So Pederson could be out of a job at some point in the next few days, which would make the Eagles a late entry in the carousel in search of a head coach. So who could replace him?
3 candidates to replace Doug Pederson if he is fired
Bieniemy has interviewed with everyone who has a head coaching opening right now, this side of the Houston Texans anyway. So he has options, it just seems to be a matter of where he lands if he wants to make the jump when the Chiefs season ends.
The Eagles plucked Pederson from the tree of their former head coach Andy Reid when they hired Pederson, which may or may not be a factor in a pursuit of Bieniemy if they get a chance. But Bieniemy seems to be a totally different kind of coach, and even with the talent the Chiefs have offensively he gets credit for the kind of imagination Pederson does not have. Simply getting Jalen Hurts more snaps before he started games seemed to be a teeth-pulling exercise.
It’s not too likely Bieniemy lands in Philadelphia at this point. But if they do fire Pederson, it won’t hurt the Eagles to try to get him in for an interview