Doug Pederson is now expected back with the Eagles in 2021.
Doug Pederson’s Philadelphia Eagles are looking for a fresh start in 2021. His team is currently sitting at 4-10-1 and Jalen Hurts has replaced Carson Wentz at quarterback.
That move has given the team a bit of a spark on offense and may have saved Pederson’s job. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson are reporting that the Eagles are expected to bring the head coach back in 2021.
Pederson is safe, for now
One thing to point out from the report is that ownership is set to meet with Pederson on Tuesday. Fans must also note the news of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz leaving the team to take a sabbatical in 2021.
Eagles DC Jim Schwartz intends to take a year off in 2021, sources tell ESPN
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) January 2, 2021
Schwartz leaving brings change to the defense while Hurts brings change to the offense. Pederson may not be safe if everything remained the same.
It is also fair to point out Pederson won the Super Bowl with Nick Foles during the 2017 season and this will be his first time missing the playoffs since 2016. The front office decided to give Wentz a massive extension and it looks like he isn’t the guy for the job. But if Pederson can’t win with Hurts, it may be time to bring in a fresh voice if the expectation is to compete for a Super Bowl.
The reported meeting set for Tuesday sounds like a routine one for a coach and owner following a season. Owner Jeffrey Lurie may want to hear Pederson’s plans on offense in 2021 and if Wentz is not in those plans, the owner can go to the front office and tell them to figure it out.
One thing Pederson can do to boost his own stock is to win Sunday against Washington in primetime. That can knock the Football Team out of the playoffs and let Hurts showcase his game heading into the offseason.