Doug Pederson’s struggles in Philadelphia could have him land on a new team.
Most of the time, we hear about teams trading for players. How often will franchises trade for coaches?
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie is not confident about Pederson’s vision for the team moving forward into 2021. Following. a 4-11-1 finish, the Eagles will have several tough decisions to make, most surrounding the status of Carson Wentz’s future.
Doug Pederson’s status as @Eagles coach is not firm, sources tell @Tim_McManus and me.
Pederson could be out if owner Jeffrey Lurie is not confident about Pederson’s vision going forward after the two meet again soon.
Lurie’s concerns extend well beyond Carson Wentz, per sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2021
Pederson’s legacy in Philadelphia will be met with mixed results. His victory over the New England Patriots in 2017 gave the Eagles their lone Super Bowl win in the common era. He’s also gone 46-39-1 record over the past five seasons.
Should the team be willing to part ways, firing isn’t always the option. Multiple teams will want a playoff-caliber coach who understands what it means to win.
One team comes to mind perhaps more convincingly than most. Look for the New York Jets to at least inquire about Pederson’s situation should he be made available.
The Jets have traded a coach before. Could they again?
When looking at the history of the Jets, trading coaches isn’t out of the question. In 2000, Bill Belichick was named the next head coach of gang green before being shipped out to AFC East rival New England for a first-round draft pick.
Six Super Bowl rings later, New England won the trade and then some.
There's a lot still to be decided in Philly, and meetings with @Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will determine the future of Doug Pederson and what the team does at QB. From GameDay Final on @nflnetwork @ChrisRose pic.twitter.com/vFSeDkz3UP
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 4, 2021
When Pederson joined the franchise as the Eagles’ next head coach, another hire was made in the front office. Douglas was added as Vice president of player personnel.
New York has building blocks to work with on both sides of the ball. A franchise left tackle in Mekhi Becton bolsters an offensive line while Quinnen Williams lived up to the hype in Year 2. With $85 million in the salary to spend this offseason, free agents could be lining up for lucrative deals.
The next head coach would also have a say in what to do with Sam Darnold and the No. 2 pick. Should Pederson hope to fix him, let him. Start over? By all means.
Trading a first-round pick would be tough since both teams are selecting in the top 10. Douglas would likely have to part ways with a pair of seconds or trade one of the two selections from Seattle in the Jamal Adams overhaul.
Would it be worth it for the long-term?
Pederson could be looking for work should his meeting go wrong. If the Eagles are serious about starting over, they might as well get something in return.