The Philadelphia Eagles have fired head coach Doug Pederson. He led the team to its only Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in 2017.
The NFL’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2021
In his five-year tenure as head coach, Pederson led the Eagles to three playoff appearances, including that Super Bowl victory in 2017. His record as head coach was 42-31-1, capped off by a 4-11-1 season in 2020 that culminated in controversy.
In Week 17 against the Washington Football Team, Pederson benched the probable quarterback of the future, Jalen Hurts, to give their fourth-year backup Nate Sudfeld some time on the field. This was looked down upon by the NFL world, especially by the New York Giants who would have made the playoffs if the Eagles had won the game.
This decision, among general underachieving following their Super Bowl victory, led to Pederson’s demise in Philadelphia. He is now eligible to be hired by any of the other six teams that have head coaching vacancies.
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