PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles fired coach Doug Pederson on Monday, ending a partnership that shipped the initial and only Super Bowl title in the city’s heritage.
Pederson was predicted to stay as coach regardless of a 4-11-1 end, but many meetings with owner Jeffrey Lurie about the past 7 days left his boss unconvinced that Pederson experienced a sound vision for how to handle the myriad difficulties going through the crew, sources mentioned, from navigating the Carson Wentz condition to correcting an offense that finished 26th in scoring (20.9 PPG) and 28th in passing yards (207.9 YPG) in 2020.
“I have spent the very last several weeks assessing everything from this earlier calendar year and looking in advance. We are all incredibly unhappy with the way our season went and eager to convert things all over, not just for next period but also for the long run of the franchise. Mentor Pederson and I had the option to sit down and go over what that collective vision would seem like moving ahead. Following taking some time to reflect on these discussions, I believe it is in equally of our most effective pursuits to portion means,” Lurie said in a statement.
“I have regarded Doug and his spouse and children for much more than 20 several years and they will normally be family to me. I have a tremendous volume of regard for him and all the things we have accomplished with each other about the last 5 seasons. Everyone in the business understands the kind of person and mentor that he is, and how significantly he means to all of us as effectively as the Metropolis of Philadelphia. We all glimpse forward to the day he will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame as a Super Bowl-winning head mentor, and we are self-confident he will have accomplishment with his next group.
“But as the leader of this business, it is critical for me to do what I think is finest for absolutely everyone as we appear forward to the long term and move into our following chapter. I know that we have perform to do to get back to exactly where we want to be, but I also imagine that we have an extremely powerful team of folks in this business who can aid set us up for long term results.”
Lurie was also not bought on Pederson’s ideas concerning his coaching employees, sources stated. Pederson pushed for passing video game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Push Taylor to be elevated to offensive coordinator fairly than bringing in a extra set up candidate. The problem of how to fill the void remaining by defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who designs to get the calendar year off from football in 2021, was also unresolved.
Wentz regressed dramatically in his fifth 12 months and was changed in the lineup by rookie Jalen Hurts for the very last quarter of the year. Wentz has prepared to talk to for a trade in the offseason since his romance with Pederson was fractured beyond repair service, in accordance to league resources. The rely on problems concerning the two function each methods, sources stated, irrespective of Pederson just lately saying that his connection with Wentz was good.
Pederson’s firing drastically will increase the probabilities of Wentz staying in Philadelphia, a source tells ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Resources explain an offense in 2020 that lacked an id, in component as a outcome of a sizable and mismatched team of assistants and consultants introduced in last offseason who struggled to get on the exact same webpage. The absence of a central eyesight for what the offense should really search like built quarterbacking an uphill climb, and all the voices made a cacophony for Pederson and Wentz alike, resources said.
As for Hurts, a next-round pick previous April, there was not company clarity from Pederson on whether or not he had a sense that the franchise had its quarterback of the potential if the Eagles need to move on from Wentz. The dealing with of the season’s ultimate activity, in which Hurts was pulled in favor of Nate Sudfeld in a 20-14 loss to Washington, also remaining thoughts about whether or not Pederson had dropped his players’ assurance.
Pederson turned just the eighth NFL head coach to earn a Tremendous Bowl inside of his to start with two several years at the helm when the Eagles beat the New England Patriots to seize the Lombardi trophy during the 2017 period. That was the first of 3 straight playoff appearances for the Eagles less than Pederson just before the wheels came off in 2020. He compiled a file of 46-39-1 more than 5 seasons with the Eagles, together with 4 playoff wins.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen contributed to this report.