After a disastrous trial with Chip Kelly at the helm came to an end, the 2016 Philadelphia Eagles were back in the market for a head coach.

Still searching for Andy Reid’s successor, the Birds went with the minority opinion and took a chance on former Eagles quarterback and first-time NFL head coach, Doug Pederson.

Prior to his hire, Pederson formerly served as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator under Andy Reid’s staff for two seasons.

Before his stint in Kansas City, Pederson was on Reid’s Philadelphia coaching staff in two separate roles: the team’s offensive quality control coach in 2009 and the quarterback’s coach in 2011.

It would be a strenuous task to find an individual in sports media that appreciated the hire of Pederson. In a year that saw coaches such as Mike Mularkey, Ben McAdoo, Dirk Koetter, Chip Kelly, Hue Jackson, and Adam Gase hired, many were quick to call the hire a desperation move due to the weakness of the head-coaching candidates.

Pederson was compared to the likes of Jim Tomsula; one of the biggest busts & one-year hires in coaching history.

“New Eagles coach Doug Pederson could end up being the next Andy Reid in Philly. Or the next Jim Tomsula.

Not that the Eagles have ever had a Tomsula. But the move feels more like a Chip Kelly palate cleanser than an all-in move toward a Super Bowl run.”

Via Pro Football Talk

Oh, the irony.

Among all seven coaches hired in 2016, Doug Pederson is the sole coach to still be employed by his respective team. Safe to say, this was a pretty great hire.

But let us further dissect the move by Philadelphia. Not only did it turn out to be a great choice & pairing for a franchise-cornerstone quarterback, Carson Wentz, but it exceeded expectations and aided Philadelphia to bring home their franchise’s very first Super Bowl championship.

While this simple fact should convince any doubter wrong all by its lonesome, there are even more statements that give truth to the narrative.

Doug Pederson Since 2017

  • 1x Super Bowl Champion

  • 2x NFC East Champion

  • 3x Made Playoffs (all three seasons)

  • (31-17) Regular Season Record

  • (4-3) Post-Season Record

The Philadelphia Eagles are also the only team in NFL history to hold a 6-7 record in back-to-back seasons and make playoffs in those consecutive years.

These tidbits are amazing despite any context; however, when viewed from a contextual perspective, it is hard not to smirk in awe at Pederson’s performance. The Philadelphia Eagles suffered multiple injuries to their starting quarterbacks’, their Pro Bowl offensive linemen, their plethora of starting receivers, their secondary (which was already lackluster as a healthy unit), their defensive line; it truly felt as if every positional group had lost a key player.

While injuries are nothing new to pro football, the sheer volume in which injuries were occurring in Philadelphia during this three-year span was rare and most definitely frustrating to watch.

Pederson, however, overcame this and showed that a strong head coach can remold his system to the strengths of different players.

Photo: CBS Sports

It is no secret to the fans and media in Philadelphia that Doug Pederson has a credible resume that warrants much respect; however, it is still a debatable topic to those across the map.

In his four-year stint thus far repping the midnight green, Doug Pederson embodies and represents the Philadelphia motto of being an underdog.

From the time he was hired to now, being underappreciated is nothing new to the Birds’ Super Bowl-winning Head Coach. That’s okay though, because proving doubters wrong is nothing new for him, either.

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