Philadelphia Eagles: Doug Pederson Didn’t Deserve a Second Chance
The Philadelphia Eagles fired coach Doug Pederson after five seasons with the franchise. It was time, to say the least.
There were a lot of ugly components to the Eagles’ 2020 campaign, but Pederson didn’t help matters.
From his press conferences to his team looking lousy on the field, Pederson just didn’t have ‘it’ this season.
In arguably the worst division in NFL history, the Eagles couldn’t win the NFC East this year and finished with a 4-11-1 record.
Yes, Dougie P led the birds to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history just three years ago, but it was not enough to save his job.
The Eagles committed too many dumb penalties and Pederson made a lot of questionable decisions during the course of this past season.
We can’t forget about the distractions that surrounded this team in 2020.
Many distractions swirled around the Philly quarterback situation.
Wentz vs. Doug vs. Jalen
Then, in Week 17, there were rumors that Eagle players were not pleased with the benching of Hurts. Nate Sudfeld came in to spell the former Oklahoma QB, but Philly lost to Washington.
It just didn’t go right for the Eagles this season and when you add negative headlines on top of bad play on the field, it just ruined Pederson’s case to return to Philly.
The Eagles have struggled to win games since their big Super Bowl win versus New England. It’s not all on the shoulders of Doug Pederson.
GM Howie Roseman and the Philly players also deserve blame for the birds’ shortcomings.
Just a Laundry List
If the Eagles want to improve there are a few things they have to do.
- Stay healthy
- Find o-line depth
- Sign at least one receiver and possibly a tight end
- Create cap space (trade Carson Wentz?)
- Nail the upcoming draft and select high-impact defenders (secondary needs work)
- Go after Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy or Tennessee OC Arthur Smith, at least go after someone of their caliber
- And probably the most important thing to figure out: FIND A QUARTERBACK
Jalen Hurts looked good in spurts, but he did have issues as the season started to wind down.
Honestly, if Philly has the opportunity to draft a talented QB in the upcoming draft, then I believe they should do it.
If the Eagles can get rid of Carson Wentz’s contract or a good chunk of it that would be super beneficial.
But, then again if Philly hires a head coach that will mesh well with Wentz and try to maximize his potential then maybe the Eagles choose to hold on to Wentz.
Regardless, the Eagles are in a rebuild and they will need to sort out all of their problems this offseason and probably go through a trial-and-error period during the 2021 season just to see what they have.
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