Doug Pederson’s history against Super Bowl head coaches looks flawless
After three years of being a head coach in the NFL, Doug Pederson’s record against Super Bowl appearing Head Coaches is quite substantial.
Remember when “some clown named Mike Lombardi said that Doug Pederson was the worst head coaching hire of all time?” Yeah, so do we. Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce had every right to call out the doubters around this time last year during the speech segments of the championship parade. Pederson has been doubted from the jump, and to this point, he still seems to be slightly underrated as the media keeps their focus on other head coaches more often.
There’s no denying that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the best ever to do it. He just picked up his sixth Super Bowl ring on Sunday night as he outcoached the ‘offensive genius’ that they call Sean McVay. Not many coaches have been able to defeat Belichick and company on the NFL’s biggest stage, but Pederson sure got the job done last year in Super Bowl LII.
There have been a lot of doubts about Pederson over these three short years. His first season looked rough as the Eagles finished at 7-9. Year two couldn’t have been more perfect as the Eagles wrapped up the season by winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history.
They couldn’t repeat in year three, but finishing at 9-7, and making the playoffs once again with the number of injuries that occurred just further proved that Pederson should not be doubted by the Eagles players, front office, or fans ever again.
Looking at Pederson’s record as Philly’s head coach early on is quite impressive. In total, he’s 29-19 during the regular season, and 4-1 in the playoffs. But his record against Super Bowl head coaches is what puts him in the elite company early on in his young coaching career.
Doug Pederson versus Super Bowl head coaches:
As you can see above, Pederson is quite successful when it comes to going head-to-head with coaches who have appeared in the Super Bowl since 2016. Against Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons, Pederson seems to always come out on top in tight matchups. The first win against Atlanta came against them in the season where they eventually went on to fall short in the Super Bowl. Then, the Eagles defeated them in the divisional round in 2017, as they tried to climb back into the big game. Atlanta had an opportunity for revenge during the season-opener in 2018, but once again they couldn’t close it out while in the red zone, leaving Pederson 3-0 against Quinn and the Falcons.
Sean McVay has been the media’s sweetheart over the last two seasons as somehow, McVay beat out Pederson for the NFL’s Coach of the Year last year. But many forget just how well the Eagles have done against McVay and the Rams in the previous two years. Pederson not only defeated McVay twice, but he beat the Rams on the road both times, with the starting quarterback either getting injured or coming in already out with an injury.
Now, there isn’t much to say about Pederson’s lone win against Belichick. We all know what happened in Super Bowl LII, as the two offensive-minded coaches dueled it out in a shootout that resulted in a final score of 41-33. However, with that one win being on NFL’s biggest stage against a team that now has six rings just makes that single victory that much sweeter. So, seeing this 6-0 record against Super Bowl coaches since his start makes it impossible for Eagles fans to criticise Doug Pederson at this point.