From what I can decipher, the Eagles decision to hire Doug Pederson was made because they missed out on former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, when he signed with the Miami Dolphins. Later on, New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was promoted to head coach by the Giants, so he was off the board. Next up former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin backed out on the Birds because of some assistant coach issues. The Eagles wanted him to keep certain assistants on the staff and Coughlin was going to have difficulty building his staff because many of them were staying in New York with McAdoo.
The Birds were overcome by the anxiety of waiting throughout the weekend and maybe even longer until the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs. They couldn’t take waiting, so they made their move.
They weren’t going to interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott because of a rumored run-in he had with Eagles defector GM Howie Roseman. It’s rumored that they disagreed about a player and the disagreement got personal. I wanted to see McDermott come this way because the Eagles currently have much better personnel on the defensive side of the ball than they have on the offensive side of the ball.
Still the fact that Pederson might not have been the Birds overwhelming first choice doesn’t mean anything. Hiring him might wind up being the best move Lurie has ever made as the Eagles owner. We will have to wait and see.
Pederson might be the best coach being hired this year. It’s like the draft. You don’t know which players can play based on when they are drafted. We all have to wait and see.
Check out the playoffs this weekend.
Green Bay at Arizona – Nobody wanted Bruce Arians a few years ago, who was thought to have seen his best days. Chip Kelly was the sexy pick, in fact the Eagles canceled an interview of Arians. The Packers Mike McCarthy was under the radar as a offensive coordinator for the Saints and the Niners before taking over in Green Bay.
Seattle at Carolina – Ron Rivera wasn’t a celebrated pick when the Panthers signed him. He had been defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers and previously the Eagles linebackers coach.
Pete Carroll left USC in much the same way that Chip Kelly left Oregon. There were rumors of NCAA sanctions. Carroll had also failed in his previous coaching jobs in New England and with the Jets. Seattle is glad they gave him a shot. It’s meant a Super Bowl title and another appearance.
Kansas City at New England – Was anybody jumping for joy when the Patriots hired up Bill Belichick, who was run out of Cleveland? He’s been one of the best if not the best head coach in NFL history since he became the Patriots coach. Eagles fans weren’t crying when Andy Reid was signed by the Chiefs. He continues to win, so we all might appreciate him more from a distance.
Pittsburgh at Denver – Mike Tomlin was considered too young and unaccomplished when the Steelers signed him. Gary Kubiak was fired in mid season by the Houston Texans, but the Broncos gave him a shot. The signing of Kubiak is similar to the signing of Pederson, only Kubiak has been a head coach, proven himself and led a team to the playoffs.
Some of these coaches were second, third and fourth choices, but so what. You can’t know how good a coach is going to be simply by how much fan fair was around his signing.