Missanelli: Pederson Is the Fallback Choice of a Bungled Search

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo | Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo | Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t get my wish from last week, when I suggested the Eagles should impart the “domino effect” in hiring their next football coach.

I had them hiring Carolina assistant Sean McDermott, who would retain Pat Shurmur as the offensive coordinator, who would convince Sam Bradford to stay on as Birds quarterback, and then the team could likely challenge for a division championship in the terrible NFC East division.

Instead, the Eagles chose Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who was bled into the ears of Eagles team owner Jeffrey Lurie and personnel head Howie Roseman by one Andy Reid. Reid has had a weird affection for Pederson all these years. He brought him in many years ago as the sacrificial lamb on a bad football team to preserve the stature of Donovan McNabb, who would eventually pass over Pederson to become starting quarterback. Read more »

What They’re Saying About Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It won’t be official until the Chiefs’ postseason run comes to an end, but Doug Pederson will be the Eagles’ next head coach.

Besides the oft-repeated basics — he used to play quarterback for the Eagles; he’s an Andy Reid disciple — there’s plenty left to learn about Pederson.

We’ve collected a decent amount of info on the Eagles’ new man-in-charge, for your reading pleasure.

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Report: Eagles To Pursue Doug Pederson As HC

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

With the latest news, that Tom Coughlin has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy, comes a new report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who says the Eagles will now turn their pursuit to Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.

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What Eagles Fans Were Saying About Andy Reid in 1999

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Seventeen years ago this week, the Eagles hired a new coach.

On January 11th, 1999, after four days of meetings, the Eagles hired former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Andy Reid as the 20th head coach in team history. (Coincidentally, news broke that the Packers hired Ray Rhodes — just fired from the Eagles weeks before — to be their head coach the same day.)

Reid was just 40, the second-youngest coach in the NFL at the time. The Eagles were coming off an embarrassing 3-13 season. “Today the turnaround begins,” Jeffrey Lurie said. “We needed somebody who is confident they can take something that’s been on a downhill slide the last year and a half and not only reverse that, but have a real focused plan on how to succeed in a big way.”

Reid had a similar quote: “This is the first step in putting the Philadelphia Eagles back on the map.” He said he had a plan, but was scant on details.

They were right, of course: After a 5-11 first year, the Eagles went to the playoffs five straight seasons. They won six division titles under Reid. They went to a Super Bowl. He has the most wins in Eagles history. But people were skeptical at first. Read more »

Report: Tom Coughlin Meeting With 49ers Tuesday

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

According to multiple reports, Tom Coughlin is meeting with the San Francisco 49ers about their head coaching vacancy.

The 49ers fired Jim Tomsula after he went 5-11 in his first year at the helm.

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Missanelli: The Last Thing the Eagles Need Is Another “Genius” Coach

Left: Pat Shurmur (Jeff Fusco); Right: Sean McDermott as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2009 (Howard Smith, USA Today Sports)

Left: Pat Shurmur (Jeff Fusco); Right: Sean McDermott as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2009 (Howard Smith, USA Today Sports)

Al Pacino once famously said about Chip Kelly and his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles: “He took a FLAMETHROWER to this place.”

OK, maybe I’ve got the context all screwed up, but basically, that’s what Kelly did to the Philadelphia Eagles. And it wasn’t like we didn’t predict it. When Kelly was tinkering with his culture-beats-scheme principles, the fanbase was thinking either this guy is a total genius, or he’s taking this franchise to the bowels of hell. This season, and the Eagles’ terrible regression, proved it was more of the latter than the former.

So where does the team go now? Read more »

The Time Chip Kelly Snubbed Jim Kenney

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Hell hath no fury like Jim Kenney, scorned Eagles fan.

You may remember that Philly’s new mayor launched himself to national prominence back when he was on City Council by tweeting out taunts to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who sat with Jerry Jones during a Cowboys-Eagles game. Well, it turns out Kenney wasn’t very fond of the Eagles coach either. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As the head coaching carousel continues to spin ’round, there are plenty of takes to be had on the Eagles’ past failures, and their direction moving forward. We’ve gathered up a sampling of the most notable local and national reads.

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