Recently, an NFL Head Coaching Power Rankings list got put together, which had Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson ranked kind of low.
Put some respect on Doug Pederson’s name! Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles hired Andy Reid’s successor, he’s received nothing but disrespect. When the Eagles were rumored to have Pederson as the favorite through their process of looking at new head coaches, everybody laughed. When Pederson actually signed on for the job, he was named “one of the worst head coaching hires in history” and even when Pederson went from a 7-9 team to a first seeded 13-3 squad, he didn’t receive the NFL’s Coach of the Year award.
A lot of people recognize that Pederson is a decent coach. But nobody truly understands just how good he is. Did nobody see the number of injuries the Eagles suffered over the last two seasons? I mean, he lost his starting quarterback, who was undoubtedly the MVP of the league and helped tweak the entire offense every week to tailor his backup quarterback best. That specific offense allowed Nick Foles to thrive on two of the NFL’s biggest stages.
Let’s not even get into the 2018 season, which was declared over in late November. Once again, Pederson stuck by his guys, and the Eagles managed to win out when they needed to, and they found themselves back in the playoffs. This way through the Wild Card round. To no surprise, the Eagles were underdogs in round one, and they overcame the obstacles and beat the Chicago Bears to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. After all of that, Pederson is still just the fourth-best head coach in the NFL, according to Rotoworld’s Patrick Daugherty. The fourth-best…
Who is in front of Doug P?
The number one coach on the list was New England Patriots’, Bill Belichick. Okay, no complaints here. When you win six Super Bowls during your tenure, and you’re a regular in the AFC Championship you deserve that spot. I just feel that it’s necessary to mention that out of Belichick’s three Super Bowl losses, one of them was to Doug Pederson and the Eagles.
Number two was Doug Pederson’s mentor, Andy Reid. The Eagles and their fans know Reid well and recognize him to be one of the best coaches in the game. Unfortunately, his inability to finish out the biggest games was always his weakness. Still, we won’t slight Reid. There’s a reason why his former coordinators are so successful when they leave. He’s an excellent coach.
Now, we get to the funny part of this list. Once again, another Power Rankings creator fails to acknowledge that Pederson has surpassed Los Angeles Rams Head Coach, Sean McVay. Sure, McVay has had a nice turn around with the Rams, but he didn’t do it all alone with some scrubs on his team. He didn’t face the adversity that Pederson did over the last two years. And best of all, he has yet to defeat Pederson and the Eagles in his coaching career.
Sean McVay has had the opportunity to play the Eagles twice over the last two seasons. Both games were in Los Angeles. And both times, the Eagles came out on top. Not to mention, McVay failed miserably to defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl this past year, unlike the Eagles. If you want to give McVay a high rating because he’s young and very talented, then, by all means, do so. But let’s stop pretending that McVay is ahead of Pederson.