Former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson interviews for Saints job

Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

It appears that Doug Pederson is re-emerging as a head-coaching candidate. After hearing his name a few times at the beginning of January, the only man to ever win a Super Bowl as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach has seen things cool off recently. Let’s recap.

Seeing as how Doug decided to take some time to himself after parting ways with the Eagles following a disappointing 4-11-1 campaign in 2020, teams didn’t have to request to interview him. Pederson met with the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 6th and with the Chicago Bears on January 12th.

There was some talk about him being in the running for the vacant Minnesota Vikings job, but there never seemed to be any talk about an actual interview. As mentioned things just sort of trailed off after that.

It’s understandable. What can be said if he’s asked about throwing the last game he coached in? Sorry. That was a cheap shot, but good news may be on the horizon. It appears that he’s been given another opportunity.

Former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson emerges as candidate for Saints job.

Here’s something that was unexpected (but it does make sense). According to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Pederson could be in the running for the vacant New Orleans Saints job. As you know, they’re looking for a new head coach following the departure of Sean Payton.

Rapoport reports that Doug interviewed for the job on Sunday. Going forward New Orleans plan was to interview former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores on Monday. That will be followed by sit-downs with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn on Wednesday and their current defensive coordinator Dennis Allen on either Wednesday or Thursday.

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Keep an eye on this one. Again, this could be intriguing as Pederson and Payton share a friendship that we’ve known about for a while. Perhaps he’s put a good word in?