1. Doug Pederson can do for the Jaguars what he did for the Eagles.
Back when the Eagles hired Doug Pederson as Chip Kelly’s replacement, not many gave them a chance to succeed in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. Former NFL executive and general manager Michael Lombardi was one of the harshest critics of the move, saying he”might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL”.
In the end, Pederson proved Lombardi and all his doubters wrong, helping the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in franchise history, and he did it in just his second at the helm. However you look at it, that’s an impressive feat.
Many head coaches will take their respective teams to the playoffs in their first or second season but the list of those who earn a championship in less time than it takes to release an Avengers film is a rather exclusive one, as only Pederson, Brian Billick Baltimore Ravens), Joe Gibbs (Washington Football Team) and Barry Switzer (Dallas Cowboys) have pulled off the feat.
Pederson ended his tenure in Philly with a 42-37 record and three trips to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Doug Marrone, the only head coach that has taken the Jags to the postseason over the last 10 years was 23-43 during his stint in Jacksonville.
The former Eagles head coach says he’s looking forward to his next opportunity. The Jags committed to Urban Meyer earlier this year but things aren’t working out so far. Might as well cut their losses and bring in Pederson.