Doug Pederson is the new man in charge of the
Pederson, the offensive coordinator for the
Pederson, who didn't interview with any other teams, can't be officially hired while the Chiefs are in the playoffs. Kansas City plays at New England on Saturday.
Pederson isn't a popular choice in a football-crazed town that hasn't celebrated an
Instead, owner Jeffrey Lurie and his staff went for someone quite familiar to the organization. Pederson started his first NFL game with the Eagles and got his first NFL assistant coaching job in Philadelphia.
Tom Coughlin interviewed for the job, but it didn't seem the 69-year-old two-time Super Bowl champion would fit in here.
Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999, grooming
Philadelphia also interviewed Gase, who was hired by Miami; Ben McAdoo, who was hired by the
Kelly was fired after the 15th game of this season, when the Eagles were 6-9. They went 10-6 in each of his first two seasons in charge, making the playoffs in 2013.
Kelly was hired as
The 47-year-old Pederson was the fifth candidate to interview with the Eagles. He met with the team in Kansas City last Sunday morning after the Chiefs beat Houston, 30-0, to advance to the second round.
"I have a lot of respect for the organization and what they're doing there," Pederson said Wednesday.
Pederson didn't have much playcalling responsibilities in Kansas City because Reid prefers to call his own plays. But Reid acknowledged earlier this season that Pederson has started to share more of that burden.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce strongly endorsed Pederson for the job.
"One, he's relatable. Two, the guy is brilliant in terms of an offensive mind," Kelce said. "I'm not sure how much better they get. He understands defenses, what they present. He understands strategy and things like that. But he's a relatable guy. Guys want to play for him."
Pederson played 10 NFL seasons almost exclusively as a backup quarterback. He was with Miami, Green Bay, Philadelphia and Cleveland. He was 2-7 as a starter for the Eagles. The following year with Cleveland, he went 1-7 as a starter.
Those were his only NFL starts.