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January 03, 2016

Report: Doug Pederson among Eagles' leading head coaching candidates

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Doug Pederson, shown in 2011 imparting his wisdom on Mike Kafka and the gang.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles confirmed a report that they had interviewed former Eagles running back Duce Staley for the head coaching spot vacated by Chip Kelly's firing. On Sunday, a report emerged that one of Staley's former teammates is among the leading candidates to land that job.

Andy Reid was Pederson's quarterbacks coach in Green Bay in 1997 and 1998. When Reid landed the Eagles' head coaching job in 1999, he brought Pederson with him to be his temporary starting quarterback and mentor to rookie Donovan McNabb.

After his retirement from playing in the NFL in 2004, Pederson became a high school football head coach, until Reid hired him in 2009 to be an offensive quality control coach for the Eagles. In 2011, he was promoted to be the quarterbacks coach.

After Reid was fired by the Eagles after the 2012 season, he landed in Kansas City. He once again brought Pederson with him, making him the Chiefs' offensive coordinator, where Pederson has served since. The Chiefs' offensive rankings from 2013 to 2015:

Stat 2013 2014 2015 
 Yards per game  21 25 25 
 Passing yards T-24 29 28 
 Rushing yards10 10 
 Points per gameT-6 16 
 TurnoversT-2 T-4 

Over the last three years, the Chiefs' numbers are very consistent. They are a running team with overall unimpressive numbers, but they do a tremendous job limiting turnovers. That may have more to do with what Alex Smith is as a quarterback than it is an indication of what Pederson is as a coordinator.

The Chiefs have already clinched a playoff berth, so the Eagles would have to wait patiently until Kansas City is either eliminated or wins the Super Bowl before the Birds could hire Pederson.

We'll have more analysis on Pederson soon.

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