Sporting News: Eagles’ Pederson Ranks Among Best NFL Head Coaches
The Philadelphia Eagles turned some heads back in 2016 when they announced Doug Pederson would replace Chip Kelly as the teams head coach.
After finishing his first season at 7-9, Pederson was a major reason the Eagles won their first ever Super Bowl, and in the process moved up the ranks from question mark, to one of the top head coaches in the NFL.
In two NFL seasons, Pederson is 22-12, including 3-0 in the playoffs with one Super Bowl title.
After ranking No. 22 before last season, Sporting News’s Bill Bender ranked Pederson among the nest coaches in the league at No. 2 overall, just behind New England's Bill Belichick.
Too soon? It's really not. Pederson's aggressive approach gave the Eagles their first Super Bowl, and he was able to do it with a backup quarterback in Nick Foles. Carson Wentz's return means the Eagles will be the NFC favorites again, and their social awareness as a team will continue to be in focus. Pederson will have this team ready to defend that title. This is worth the 20-spot jump, and then some. He's the best competition for Belichick.
It will be a challenge for Pederson in year three, two of his top offensive coaches are no longer with the team. Former offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, left to become the head coach in Indianapolis, and former QB coach John DeFilippo is now the offensive coordinator in Minnesota, leaving the team with a few new faces on the coaching staff.