Firing Pederson was a big mistake

Colin Davis , Staff Writer

Winning a Super Bowl in Philadelphia is worthless. 

The firing of Doug Pederson last Monday proved that and the aftermath showed how all of the Eagles problems started with everyone other than Doug. 

When addressing how the Eagles released the coach of the past 5 seasons, there are a lot of words that come to mind, but the main one is – unprofessional.  The Eagles had vital information about the current state of Pederson’s job leaked with many speculating that owner Jeffrie Lurie or GM Howie Roseman were the source for these leaks. Pederson’s plans for a new coaching staff were also leaked just hours before he was dismissed, which also made him look even worse and justified the decision more in some fans’ minds. Any good organization, which the Eagles are not, would have immediately shut down any leakers or reports about those things, but they just kept coming.  

After it was made public that Lurie had decided to fire Pederson, a press conference was held and the Eagles did nothing besides embarrass themselves. Lurie made the statement that “Pederson did not deserve to be fired”. Then why was he fired? Lurie decided to basically publicly say that he made the wrong decision, only a day later. That really makes no sense, but neither do many of the Eagles management decisions. 

Lurie also talked about how other teams just picked better players ahead of them resulting in the draft misses…ok. In 2019, the Eagles drafted J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 57th overall. He has 12 catches, 227 yards, and 1 receiving touchdown at this moment in his career. DK Metcalf, who was drafted 64th overall that year, is currently a top 10 receiver in the league with 141 catches, 2,203 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns. One year later the Eagles picked Jalen Reagor out of TCU over Justin Jefferson. Jefferson went on to break Randy Moss’ franchise record for rookie receiving yards in Minnesota and is the Rookie of the Year favorite. So how does Lurie explain that? All of our draft picks fall directly on Roseman and he is notoriously one of the worst drafters in NFL history, but he gets no blame. 

One of the most hypocritical things I heard in this press conference was Lurie talking about how he won’t decide whether Carson Wentz will be back with the team in 2021 or not. It came out that this QB disagreement between Lurie and Pederson was what led to his firing. So he is making the decision. 

It’s extremely rare to find a Super Bowl winning head coach. Only 33 people have ever won a Super Bowl as a head coach and Doug is one of them. When given the right offense and control of how he wants to do things, he took this team to the top of the mountain. Doug is third all-time in winning percentage for an Eagles Head Coach. 

A lot of voices around the league have been saying that the Eagles HC vacancy is one of the least attractive around the league for a reason. The management scapegoated the only person to bring them some jewelry. Any coach is going to have to deal with a power struggle with Lurie and be blamed for the struggle when the real problem is sitting in the GM office.