The Philadelphia Eagles are wasting no time in their effort to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, and team president Don Smolenski are all in Kansas City to meet with Pederson as early as 8 AM.
Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Don Smolenski are in KC... will interview Doug Pederson at 8am Sunday.— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) January 10, 2016
Pederson is able to interview now that the Chiefs are done with their first playoff game. Kansas City defeated the Texans on Saturday by a final score of 30-0. The Chiefs' offense didn't actually look so hot despite the score. They only averaged 5.1 yards per play and only scored 23 offensive points despite Houston turning the ball over five times.
The Eagles' interest in Pederson first surfaced last week when ESPN reported he's a "leading candidate" for the job. CSN Philly denied that report but it's clear the Eagles have interest in him if they flew out to Kansas City to meet with him.
It's hard to tell if Pederson would make a good coach. He has a fair share of NFL experience as both a player and an assistant, but he doesn't have extensive play-calling experience. Then again, neither did Andy Reid before the Eagles hired him.
Speaking of Reid, it seems clear he has an influence in this process. Big Red likely recommended Pederson to the Eagles. In his first press conference following the firing of Chip Kelly, Lurie essentially hinted at getting back to the spirit of the Reid era.
Here's one thing to consider about Pederson. If he gets the job, it won't be solely based on his resume since he doesn't really have a significant one. He'll have to really nail this interview. And if he does that, maybe Eagles fans should feel good about the hire. But it doesn't seem like people would really buy that logic:
In any case, Pederson will get his shot on Sunday morning. We'll see if he can make the most of it.
For more on Pederson, read this excellent coaching profile.