Doug Pederson may very well be out of a job for longer than some may count on — and it’s not due to a scarcity of curiosity.
Sources near the previous Philadelphia Eagles coach advised ESPN on Wednesday that it wouldn’t be a shock if Pederson took a 12 months off from teaching regardless of quite a lot of openings all through the league.
Pederson was fired on Monday after proprietor Jeffrey Lurie mentioned they had been “disappointed with the way our season went.”
“Coach Pederson and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what that collective vision would look like moving forward. After taking time to reflect on these conversations, I believe it is in both of our best interests to part ways,” Lurie mentioned in an announcement.
Despite an abysmal season that noticed the Eagles go 4-11-1, Pederson got here on as head coach in 2016, rapidly taking Philadelphia from final place within the NFC East to Super Bowl champs the subsequent. The Eagles made the playoffs two extra instances, shedding within the NFC Divisional Game in 2019 after which the wild-card spherical in 2020.
Pederson’s final season in Philadelphia confirmed a rift between him and the gamers that culminated throughout their ultimate recreation of the season when he was accused of tanking the sport in opposition to Washington to enhance the Eagles draft choice.
Sources advised The Associated Press on Wednesday that the NFL wouldn’t penalize the staff after trying into Pederson’s dealing with of the quarterback state of affairs.
A doable touchdown spot for Pederson if he does resolve to return may very well be the New York Jets, who proceed their seek for a brand new head coach after parting methods with Adam Gase. Jets’ GM Joe Douglas and Pederson have a “strong relationship,” in line with reviews.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.