There’s a headline you didn’t expect to read this morning. A couple of fans down at Chicago’s Training Camp noted a new face dressed in a coaches uniform today and one that was a little familiar. After some noise on social media, it was later confirmed that it was former Eagles Head Coach and Super Bowl 52 winner, Doug Pederson.
The real question is, why is he there to begin with?
The easy answer is that he might be looking to take a foray back into coaching with an old friend. He worked with Matt Nagy during his time with both Philadelphia and Kansas City prior to his promotion to a Head Coach, and just to put the Cherry on the Cake, Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles is stood directly behind him.
If we dig a little deeper, there are several other former Eagles members on the Bears’ staff. Juan Castillo is the team’s offensive line coach, and Chicago nabbed John DeFilippo at the beginning of the offseason in what was presumed to be a bid to help lure Carson Wentz to the City.
It might be that Pederson is just helping out in an advisory capacity like we saw happen with Matt Burke and Jim Schwartz, but it’s not like he’s a low-profile coach. Pederson went from being a huge underdog, to King of the World, to King of Controversy. Sneaking him into the building was never going to work out, but it makes you wonder why Chicago haven’t formally announced anything.
Regardless, it’s great to see Pederson coaching again. After being fired by the Eagles, he was said to be taking a break from coaching…but like most people in his profession, you can never really keep that hunger at bay. Here’s to hoping he does land a full-time role in some capacity.
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