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January 14, 2016

Mixed reviews as Philly reacts to Eagles hiring Doug Pederson as head coach

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Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson talks to QB Alex Smith.

Now that we know Doug Pederson will be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, it's time to do what we do best: react.

The hiring can't become official until the Kansas City Chiefs are eliminated from the playoffs -- they play the Patriots on Saturday -- but Les Bowen of The Daily News first reported on Thursday that the former Eagles quarterback and assistant coach will succeed Chip Kelly as head coach.

Pederson, who has been the offensive coordinator in Kansas City since Andy Reid was hired there prior to the 2013 season, didn't interview with any other teams. But considering how familiar owner Jeffrey Lurie, president Don Smolenski, and Howie Roseman are with Pederson, but the guys he studied under -- like Reid -- those tasked with picking the team's next leader may have felt they knew something others did not.

Just don't tell the fans that.

Within 24 hours, it went from looking like the Eagles were going to hire Ben McAdoo to Tom Coughlin to, finally, Pederson. And somewhere in between, the 49ers hired Chip Kelly. All that left fans and others who follow the team closely feeling kind of, well, meh...

In all, the reactions were mixed, but definitely leaned toward the negative side. Here's a collection of some of the best Twitter had to offer:

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