Chiefs offensive coordinator and Eagles head coaching candidate Doug Pederson recently spoke with Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. You won't believe this, but Pederson said that he thinks his interview with the Eagles "went great."
"Still open, still open," Pederson said when asked where the Eagles left things after Sunday's interview. "They’re still in the process. From what I’m hearing they have stopped all their interviews and now it’s just a matter of them getting together collectively and making a decision."
"Gosh, it went great," Pederson said. "It was a great opportunity to see Howie again and Mr. Lurie – just a chance to talk with them and sit down with them. I got a lot of respect for the organization and what they’re doing there. But now we’re focused on New England and that’s behind me and we’re moving forward."
Jokes aside, it's interesting that Pederson said the Eagles have stopped all their interviews. That statement lines up with a Jason La Canfora report that the Eagles have no new meetings scheduled.
Pederson is one of six candidates the Eagles have officially interviewed. Of those six, only five are still available since Adam Gase was hired by the Miami Dolphins.
For what it's worth, ESPN insider Adam Schefter doesn't think Pederson is the front-runner. Rather, he thinks Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo could be the favorite.
But if McAdoo is really the favorite, what's stopped the Eagles from hiring him by now? The longer the Eagles wait to make a decision, the more speculation will grow about Pederson being the favored candidate. Note that Pederson can't actually be hired by the Eagles until the Chiefs are eliminated from the playoffs. Kansas City is scheduled to play on the road against the New England Patriots this weekend.
In the meantime, we continue to wait.