Let’s rewind the tape a little. Once upon a time, in a land known as the City of Brotherly Love, one of the NFL’s most loyal fan bases, that belonging to the Philadelphia Eagles, waited with bated breath as their favorite team searched for a head coach. As everyone they wanted replied by saying no including one of their top choices, Adam Gase (they sure dodged a bullet there), the Birds settled on Doug Pederson.
You can thank the Eagles’ winningest coach of all time, Andy Reid, in part for that one. 18 days short of the fifth-year anniversary of his hiring, Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie relieved Doug of his duties on January 11th following a 4-11-1 finish and two meetings in which it was determined that Philly’s front office (Mr. Lurie and Howie Roseman) were in disagreement with the only head coach to win a Super Bowl that the franchise has ever had about the long-term direction about the team moving forward.
So, here we are. At the time of this story being published, the Birds are without a head coach, and the stories surrounding Doug Pederson range from how much he put up with while smiling and being the good soldier to whether or not Coach might take a year off.
Perhaps a reunion with a former mentor is what the doctor ordered. Here are three reasons why Doug returning to K.C. might be exactly what he needs to get his creative juices flowing.