According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars are hiring Doug Pederson as their new Head Coach.
Pederson spent the 2021 season on the sidelines after his tenure in Philadelphia came to a bitter end just a few months before. Now that plenty of time has passed and allowed him to reflect on all things good and bad, the Super Bowl 52 winner is jumping back into the coaching arena. There are plenty of reasons why Jacksonville would be willing to give him a shot.
One of the big reasons why Pederson was chosen for the Eagles HC role over his competitiors is something Jeffrey Lurie likes to call ‘emotional intelligence’. Frankly, the Jags need a lot of it.
They also have a very young quarterback who has the potential to become one of the best in recent memory. Pederson did a fantastic job developing Carson Wentz during his first two seasons and is of course a former QB himself.
The relationship between Carson Wentz and Pederson did reportedly fractured towards the end of their tenure, but reports after the breakup suggest otherwise. In truth, it’s hard to know what to believe. But if we’re to go off what we saw on the field over a four-year span, we can see a Head Coach who elevated a quarterback who refused to lose his daredevil mentality.
Pederson’s time in Philly will mostly be remembered as one of the most memorable eras the city has ever seen. A Super Bowl, three consecutive playoff appearances, and a brand of football the whole city could get behind. Nobody wanted his tenure to end the way in which it did, but everyone will be rooting for his success in Jacksonville, where the spotlight doesn’t burn as bright.
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