Just three years ago, Doug Pederson was on top of the world after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title, a 41-33 upset of the New England Patriots in SB LII in Minneapolis. Today, Pederson is looking for work as the Eagles have fired him. There are only a handful of active head coaches to have won a ring, and thus Pederson should draw plenty of interest from some if not all of the other teams with a head coaching opening – especially the New York Jets. SportsLine offers updated NFL odds on the next Jets head coach now that Pederson is available.
"I have spent the last few weeks evaluating everything from this past year and looking ahead," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "We are all very disappointed with the way our season went and eager to turn things around, not just for next season but also for the future of the franchise. Coach Pederson and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what that collective vision would look like moving forward. After taking some time to reflect on these conversations, I believe it is in both of our best interests to part ways."
Pederson compiled a record of 46-39-1 over five seasons with the Eagles, including four playoff wins. The Jets job would be a natural fit because Pederson and current Jets general manager Joe Douglas are tight; Douglas was vice president of player personnel with Philadelphia from 2016-19. The Jets need a coach who can help develop Sam Darnold or any quarterback (Justin Fields) they may draft with the No. 2 overall pick.
While Carson Wentz unquestionably regressed this season under Pederson's watch – they apparently had a falling out personally -- as the Eagles slipped to 4-11-1, not all that long ago Wentz was considered one of the best young QBs in the league. That Pederson was fired probably increases the chances Wentz is back with Philly next season, but that's a story for another day.
The Jets reportedly have interviewed nine guys for the coaching job, including two who did/were to interview Monday: Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith; Saints defensive backs coach and former Jets cornerback Aaron Glenn; Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy; former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis; 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh; Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll; Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus; Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady; and Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
Only Lewis has NFL head coaching experience and his playoff record is laughable -- Pederson has a better track record than any of the Jets' nine known candidates. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has declined to interview.
The Eagles, Jaguars, Falcons, Texans, Lions, and Chargers also have openings. Philadelphia probably will look to speak to many of the same guys the Jets have. Incidentally, the Eagles and Jets are not scheduled to play next season.
Seven NFL teams hired a head coach before the 2016 season: Browns (Hue Jackson), 49ers (Chip Kelly), Buccaneers (Dirk Koetter), Dolphins (Adam Gase), Giants (Ben McAdoo), Titans (Mike Mularkey - was interim coach to end 2015 and Eagles (Pederson). All have now been fired.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Favorites to be the next Jets head coach
- Doug Pederson +400
- Brandon Staley +600
- Eric Bieniemy +700
- Arthur Smith +900
- Brian Daboll +1000
- Robert Saleh +1200
- Matt Eberflus +1300
- Aaron Glenn +1500
- Joe Brady +1800
- Marvin Lewis +2000
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