Doug Pederson Ranks 25th in NFL.com Head Coach Power Rankings
Doug Pederson has just one season under his belt as the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, going 7-9 during his first season at the helm.
The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season, but his seven wins during his rookie campaign are more than the team's most successful coach, Andy Reid (5) and maybe its two most popular Buddy Ryan (5) and Dick Vermeil (4).
Of course, we should find out much more about Pederson in year two as the head decision maker, and maybe then we will get a better understanding of how good of a coach he will be.
The Eagles’ leader landed 25th in NFL.com’s list, which was compiled by Elliot Harrison.
Although Pederson falls below Hue Jackson (who has more experience and was an outstanding offensive coordinator in Cincinnati) in these rankings, don't take that as a harsh judgment on the relatively new head coach. Underneath that gnarly, salty visor lay Philly's best hope for a potential NFC East takeover. Pederson's greatest asset is the wisdom he can impart on former No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz. The coach's decade-plus of experience playing in the NFL puts him in a unique position to help Wentz take the next step. Pederson's mentor, Andy Reid, helped guide the development of another highly drafted Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb -- with Pederson as McNabb's backup in 1999. That brief time in Pederson's career should serve Wentz well.
The 2016 season got off to a great start, with Pederson's Eagles going 3-0 out of the gates. They head into the 2017 campaign with more fanfare, after adding more offensive weapons for his second year QB Carson Wentz.
If the Eagles end their three-year playoff drought, expect to see Pederson move up this list.
As it is, Pederson is not exactly getting a ringing endorsement here. His ranking is only ahead of the six new coaches and Jets head man Todd Bowles.
Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid was fifth on the list, while NFC East coaches Jason Garrett (13), Ben McAdoo (20) and Jay Gruden (21) all fell outside the top 10.