Once upon a time, the Philadelphia Eagles hired their former quarterback and position coach, Doug Pederson, to help restore confidence to a franchise that needed some.
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan that’s been around for a while, you’re probably already familiar with names like Buddy Ryan, Rich Kotite, Ray Rhodes, and Andy Reid. Each name probably sparks memories of various moments in your love affair with ‘The Birds’. It’s probably also safe to say that the same can now be said about Doug Pederson.
In just three seasons, he’s compiled a 33-20 record (including a 4-1 record in the postseason), and he’s the only of the 22 head coaches in Eagles history who can say they’ve won a Super Bowl. Yes, it’s been quite a ride for ‘Dougie P’.
Who would have thought the same guy who held the reigns of the Eagles’ offense until Donovan McNabb was ready to step in would be the same guy who would return to hold down the job as quarterbacks coach under the Andy Reid regime?
Sure, that type of stuff happens all of the time, but the story doesn’t end there. Pederson’s resume also includes a tour of duty in Kansas City as the Chiefs offensive coordinator. You already know what came after that. As great as its’ been, you can’t even call it a storybook ending because the tale’s still being written.
With a record that was below .500 after 14 weeks, Pederson was able to right the ship, lead the Eagles to three straight victories, a playoff appearance and a playoff win. On January 31st, he celebrated his 51st birthday. Now, with the Eagles’ season being over, it’s time to focus on scouting, free agency, a draft, and, eventually, another regular season.
No one’s given up on the possibility of a ‘new norm’, but that second Super Bowl will have to wait for a while. Hopefully, it won’t be too long. At least, as fans, we can rest in the idea that we’ve found the guy that knows how to get things done.