How Does Pederson Stack Up Versus Previous Eagles Head Coaches?
Doug Pederson is the Eagles' sixth Head Coach over the last 30 years and with four games left his team stands at 5-7 on the season. Over that time period only two men had a losing record in their first season (Andy Reid, 1999: 5-11; Buddy Ryan, 1986: 5-10-1). Meanwhile the other three Head Coaches (Chip Kelly, Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite) all finished their first seasons with a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance.
Press of Atlantic City Eagles Beat Writer Dave Weinberg has been covering the Eagles for over 24 years and he joined The Sports Bash on Wednesday to discuss how Pederson's first season in Philadelphia compares to previous Head Coaches:
“ I would put him somewhere in the middle, everybody was wowed Chip Kelly’s first year going 10-6 and making the playoffs. Ray Rhodes did the same thing his first year too, also by winning the division and destroyed the Lions in their first playoff game too. I kind of think that those guys had more talent to work with than Doug (Pederson) has. There is a lot of holes, they have been hitting some key injuries in some key spots, losing Lane Johnson was a big loss. I think it is pretty clear that Howie (Roseman) and Doug, to a certain extent, they really did not equip the team to deal with that kind of stuff from a depth perception. They did not have enough backups to fill in the key positions especially like Wide Receiver and Secondary. I am going to say that he has done about what people have expected. I had my doubts of him coming into the year and I think I still have those doubts but maybe not to the same extent. I think he has proven himself that he has the potential to be a pretty good head coach but there is clearly some work to be done.”
Hear what Weinberg had to say about the struggles of Jim Schwartz defense, the mood of the players in the Eagles locker room, the state of the Wide Receivers with Jordan Matthews returning from injury and previews matchup with Redskins