3 Reasons Doug Pederson could reunite with Andy Reid in 2021

Doug Pederson (L), Andy Reid (R) (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Doug Pederson (L) Alex Smith (C), Chase Daniel (R)
Doug Pederson (L) Alex Smith (C), Chase Daniel (R) (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

3. There’s already some familiarity between Doug and the Chiefs.

This one’s pretty obvious. Doug Pederson’s proposed alignment with Kansas City means a reunion with some people and a franchise that he got to know pretty well between 2013 and 2015. He knows the owner, Lamar Hunt, and the general manager, Brett Veach. Doug can also rest assured that Reid figures to listen to Doug’s input in a way that Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie didn’t.

Doug and Big Red’s chemistry go back to Pederson’s playing days as Reid tutored him from 1997 to 1998 as his quarterbacks coach and as his assistant head coach and when Reid left to take over the Eagles’ head-coaching job in 1999, Pederson followed to be Reid’s starter until Donovan McNabb was ready to take over. That’s enough to get any football coach interested, especially one that’s looking to prove that he’s better than people are saying.

The question, however, and it’s one we haven’t asked much, is whether or not the Chiefs would be interested. Just in case you haven’t noticed, they’re in the middle of a push to a second-consecutive Vince Lombardi Trophy. There aren’t any reports that state that Doug is high on Kansas City’s radar, but maybe he should be.

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The theories that Pederson is the biggest person to blame for Carson Wentz‘s regression have been stated often, and the Eagles offense and all of the blowback that followed Philly’s Week 17 ‘tanking’ have been associated with Doug’s name far too often. We don’t even know how accurate that theory is.

This is a man that was given a standing ovation when he showed up at a league meeting following Super Bowl LII. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this develops, but when you weigh all of the pros and cons, this is an arrangement that works for both sides for a ton of reasons.