ESPN Ranks Doug Pederson as Worst NFL Coaching Hire of 2016
As the coaching carousel finally stopped in Philadelphia, when the Eagles decided on Doug Pederson.
NFL fans began to analyze the decision right away, ranging from "safe hire", "a trip down memory lane", or a "panic move.
ESPN.com ranked the six hires from best-to-worst with Pederson ranked last, Chip Kelly's hire by the 49ers was No. 2.
ESPN.com's Ian O'Conner said this about the Eagles decision to hire Pederson:
6. Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles: Pederson spent most of his 10 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback (3-14 as a starter) before becoming a high school coach and then an assistant in Philly under Andy Reid, who brought him along to Kansas City. Pederson has spent only three years in the league as a coordinator, all under a head coach who is a dominant offensive voice. Maybe Pederson has the "emotional intelligence" that owner Jeffrey Lurie is looking for and that Chip Kelly allegedly lacked, and maybe not. But after Coughlin pulled out of the chase and McAdoo canceled his second interview, Lurie didn't have much to choose from and figured Pederson might bring a little Andy Reid football back to the Linc. It feels like a reach.
(Listen to former Packers and Eagles wide receiver Antonio Freeman discuss Doug Pederson)