January 11, 2021
Doug Pederson is officially out as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, ending a five-year run that peaked with a victory in Super Bowl LII and ended with a disastrous 4-11-1 record in 2020. His tenure was capped by the humiliation of an overt tank-job in his final game.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly met with Pederson for a second time Monday in Florida to discuss the coach's future. It appears they both walked away unable to work together, with reports suggesting Pederson was tired of being ordered around by the front office.
The dysfunction of the Eagles organization could not have been more apparent last season. The roster lacked competitive talent. The wrong players were often on the field. The offensive scheme was an incoherent casualty of injuries that now reliably come in droves every year. The franchise quarterback regressed to an unprecedented degree. Years of poor drafting, salary cap mismanagement and unhealthy internal power dynamics conspired to produce a team that lacked identity, chemistry, direction and organizational trust.
Pederson issued the following statement.
Whether or not Pederson is the man who should have paid the price for those failures will be debated for a long time to come. He certainly didn't put together a convincing case for himself in 2020, yet the question will always remain whether he was hampered by an increasingly active owner and a general manager whose power isn't offset by equal accountability.
After the news broke Monday, Eagles fans, players and NFL observers reacted to the franchise-shifting decision to boot the only man whose resume in Philadelphia includes a Super Bowl title. Here's a sampling of what's been said in the wake of Pederson's dismissal.
Doug Pederson with the one hand beer grab at the parade. So thankful for moments like these. Forever indebted to you coach, thank you! pic.twitter.com/PscPO2I8i6— Life of a Philly Fan (@PhillyFanLife) January 11, 2021
Doug Pederson just told me “no worries I’m at peace with it “— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) January 11, 2021
This franchise lucked into Doug Pederson after they wanted Hue Jackson, Adam Gase, and Mcadoo. So excuse me if I dont have the utmost faith in their upcoming job search.— Dan U AH MUH KWEEN Unger (@LordUnger94) January 11, 2021
Damn, thank you Doug Pederson. Howie should've got canned before you did smh pic.twitter.com/EQikX8JhJm— Brent Clark (@themelodicpoet) January 11, 2021
I'm gonna be honest, If the report was true saying that Doug Pederson wanted to only promote guys within to new positions on the coaching staff, then it was the right move to move on from him.— Jacob Gorenberg (@DaNotorious_JIG) January 11, 2021
Sad to see Doug Pederson fired by @eagles, but it's probably the right move. Even good coaches get in a rut and need to be moved on from (e.g., Andy Reid).— Grumbles McGee (@rhetoricality) January 11, 2021
Doug's biggest mistake was not rebuilding his coaching staff after high-profile departures and becoming stagnant.
I love Doug Pederson. But it was just time man. Some people's time comes faster than others even after some success. Nothing is certain just because "insert emotions here*— Jahlil Williams (@JahlilWill) January 11, 2021
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie tells Doug Pederson at the Super Bowl ring ceremony, "first of many for you."pic.twitter.com/hY1soyiUYm— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhiIIy) January 11, 2021
Sure enough, just three years later, the franchise is in shambles. They capped a miserable season by tanking on national TV, alienated their franchise QB, and Doug Pederson, a coach who should have been dining out on that title for a decade, has already been fired.— Bill Gienapp (@Type_O_Purple) January 11, 2021
I appreciate Doug Pederson. We worked hard & he never flinched. His energy+ attitude was a big part of 2017. Hoping the champ gets back on his feet quickly. I suspect he will.— hydrated king chris long (@JOEL9ONE) January 11, 2021
Doug Pederson won the super bowl against the Patriots with a back up QB, LT, MLB, and a defense that gave up 500 passing yards and forced zero punts the entire game pic.twitter.com/oI11lN8QjH— Tuco (@Andre__w_) January 11, 2021
Doug Pederson firing significantly increases chances of Carson Wentz staying in Philadelphia, a source told ESPN. Became clear keeping both would be difficult. Eagles could always gauge market or adjust with new coach but relationship appears salvageable.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 11, 2021
welp the doug pederson “new normal” was the same normal I knew all along: pain and suffering— Paulie Gualtieri (@undermyMARTella) January 11, 2021
Wishing my man Dougie P nothing but the best in the next phase of his life. Great coach who never blinked during our toughest moments over the past 5 seasons. Most importantly made history in Philly!! First HC to win it! SB 52 Champs. Best of luck— Rodney McLeod (@Rodney_McLeod4) January 11, 2021
Absolutely need a Doug Pederson tell-all interview about what really is going on in the Locker Room— Drew (@_DrewWheeler) January 11, 2021
I’ll tell you what... I want to thank Doug Pederson for giving me the best sports moment of my life. Hope to see him win again elsewhere 🦅 pic.twitter.com/nd7BNDuYLG— Nicky Stix (@NickyStix018) January 11, 2021
*In the future*— Harry Black (@Drbees78) January 11, 2021
Son: who’s that a statue of?
Me: Nick Foles and Doug Pederson, they won us our only super bowl
Son: ohhh...why’d we get rid of them so soon after?
Me...let’s just go watch us lose
Watch live as Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Lurie speaks to the media. https://t.co/oQWYPauVNx— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 11, 2021