Eagles to hire Doug Pederson as coach once Chiefs end season

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the Eagles have not officially announced the hiring.Pederson, who didn’t interview with any other teams, can’t be officially hired while the Chiefs are in the playoffs.

After former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and the Philadelphia Eagles called off a second meeting scheduled for Thursday, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson was selected to replace Chip Kelly.

Wednesday, Pederson said he is focused on Saturday's playoff game against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Flajole was an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers while Pederson played for them in 1998. Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase also interviewed before taking the job in Miami. If they wanted an offensive mind - and it is clear that is what they wanted - why not at least solicit the opinions about the defensive players on your roster from some people who coach it?

Pederson, who previously served as the Eagles' offensive quality-control coach and quarterbacks coach under former head coach Andy Reid, also started nine games under center in Philadelphia during the 1999 season.

Ultimately, that coach turned out to be the offensive coordinator from the Kansas City Chiefs, Doug Pederson.

The Eagles interviewed Pederson on January 10. The two-time Super Bowl winning coach spent 12 seasons with the Giants, who granted the arch-rival and division foe permission to interview Coughlin.

In Pederson's bio on the Chiefs' web site, Reid was asked when he first believed Pederson would make a good coach. And when Reid's Eagles opened their first season with Big Red at the helm in 1999, Pederson was his starting quarterback. In 2011 Mike Vick put up a career high 3,303 passing yards and the Eagles offense put up a then team record 6,386 total yards. He understands defenses, what they present. He began coaching as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philly in '09 before following Reid to KC in 2013. That could have a certain appeal to the Eagles.

I actually preferred Pederson to Coughlin, but it's still embarrassing when a candidate does that, because it reflects poorly on the organization. The deficiencies in his resume include his lack of experience as a play caller. There's no doubt Coughlin has years left in coaching if he wants it, but the Eagles are now in a precarious position.

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