Recently, an NFL Head Coach Power Rankings made its way around the internet and Doug Pederson seemed a bit low on the list.
What does Philadelphia Eagles‘ Head Coach Doug Pederson have to do to get the respect he deserves truly? Win the NFC East? Oh wait, he’s already done that. Perhaps Pederson needs to win a playoff game or two? Well, he won his fourth a few months ago in three years of coaching. Maybe a Super Bowl win will do it? Apparently not. Pederson, who has been doubted since the start of his head coaching stint in 2016, continues to find himself questioned four years later.
We get it — Power Rankings are opinion-based and aren’t precisely facts. However, how can some continue to ignore the facts while forming an opinion? We’re not here to argue that Doug Pederson is the best coach in the NFL, because a guy in New England clearly wears that crown. But how can the guy who beat said top coach on football’s biggest stage not be considered top three? And if not the top three, not even top five?
A look at the ranks
Sporting News recently put together their power rankings, and as expected, there were tons of disagreements. We’re doing nothing different over here. After viewing the top ten, we’ve concluded that Doug Pederson may never get the real respect that he deserves as an NFL head coach. So, let’s take a quick look at the top ten.
- Bill Belichick, Patriots
- Sean McVay, Rams
- Sean Payton, Saints
- Andy Reid, Chiefs
- Pete Carroll, Seahawks
- John Harbaugh, Ravens
- Doug Pederson, Eagles
- Mike Tomlin, Steelers
- Anthony Lynn, Chargers
- Frank Reich, Colts
We can’t argue number one, but number two is puzzling considering Doug Pederson is so far down the list at seven. Once again, Sean McVay gets ranked grossly higher than coaches who are arguably better — Doug Pederson included. Over the last two years, Pederson and McVay have coached their teams to be around the top of the NFC. Pederson and the Eagles have an NFC Championship win, plus a Super Bowl ring.
McVay and the Rams have an NFC Championship, but couldn’t defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2018. Not to mention, Pederson is 2-0 against McVay in his career, and one of those wins was with a second-string quarterback. McVay is good, but Pederson is arguably better at this point. As for the other guys such as Harbaugh, Carroll, Payton, and Reid… What have they done lately?
Just saying. At least Pederson cracked the top ten, but getting listed at seven is slightly disrespectful considering what kind of adversity he has to coach through. Most teams lose their starting quarterback and can’t win a game. Pederson adjusted and won a Super Bowl with the backup. And last year, the Eagles were one of the most injured teams in the league with a losing record. They still turned it around and managed to win a playoff game. It will be interesting to see how opinions change about Pederson in 2019.