The Doug Pederson era officially began Monday morning when the coachflew in from Kansas City and signed his contract to coach the Philadelphia Eagles.
It is being reported that Pederson, who has yet to name offensive or defensive coordinators, will retain a few members of Chip Kelly’s staff including running backs coach Duce Staley, defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, special teams coach Dave Fipp and others.
The 47-year-old was previously an assistant coach in Philadelphia under Andy Reid and was also the team’s quarterback in the late 1990s, helping to mentor and usher in Donovan McNabb.
“We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. “Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players. All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”
During his three seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator, the Kansas City ranked first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (54), third in yards per carryand seventh in total rushing yards. This could mean good things for DeMarco Murray, who is set to return as the team’s running back next season.
In 2015, Pederson helped the Chiefs rebound from a 1-5 start to win a team-record 11-consecutive games, including Kansas City’s first playoff victory in 22 years.
Pederson won a championshipas a backup quarterback with the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI.