The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16, and starting Tuesday, the search can begin to find a new coach as teams are now allowed to interview head-coaching candidates two weeks before the playoffs.
Many names have surfaced, including that of former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who the Jags are expected to interview. Their interest in him makes a ton of sense as the team should probably move in a different direction from Meyer by going for a coach who has NFL experience.
With the search set to begin and many candidates worth considering, we’ll be looking at some of the top names and giving the fans a preview of what each coach brings to the table. Here are some important things to know about Pederson, who seems to be a candidate many Jags fans are intrigued by:
Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, started his NFL coaching career in 2009 as a quality controls coach under Andy Reid during his stint with the Eagles. He previously had a relationship with Reid as a player for him in 1999.
Eventually, Pederson became Reid’s quarterbacks coach with the Eagles in 2011 and held the title for two seasons. When Reid was hired as the Chiefs’ coach in 2013, Pederson joined his staff as an offensive coordinator for three seasons. Philly gave him a shot as their coach in 2016.
Pederson’s tenure with the Eagles was highlighted by a Super Bowl LII win against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find their footing again, and Pederson was fired after two 9-7 seasons and a 4-11 season, respectively.
Pederson is from a successful coaching tree as Reid and the Chiefs have had a great amount of success, especially on the offensive side. Now that Pederson has had a year away from the game, maybe he can rebound as Reid did and have more success after a second go at it.
As mentioned, Pederson comes from a tree that has had a lot of success with quarterbacks. There was some success with Reid during his time with the Eagles…