Each week Patrick and Dave and today, James, discuss the week that was. It's
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Dave: Gentlemen, the Eagles finally have a head coach and it's... Doug Pederson. Doug. Pederson. He's not the flashiest hire, but also probably not the worst option, and he wasn't the Eagles top choice, but at the end of the day he was the choice. There will be puff pieces written about him highlighting his positives and there will be columns about what a bad hire he is, both about him as a coach and about the organization, all before he's even officially the coach. There will be elements of truth in both sides.
What do you like about this hire? What do you hate about it?
James: Is it possible to like the "coach they hired" and hate the "hire" itself? I really don't mind Doug Pederson as Head Coach of the Eagles. I like that he's a former NFL QB (granted he was not a very good one), but he commanded a huddle so I will presume here that he has the ability to lead men into battle. And by many accounts Pederson is an intelligent guy who also has coaching pedigree. Yes he is an apprentice to Andy Reid, but this means he's a member of the Bill Walsh head coaching tree (fourth generation). As head coach of the Eagles, Pederson will join a rather small fraternity of six (now seven) former NFL quarterbacks who became head coaches of the team for which they played. The list contains guys you may not have heard much about, like Bob Waterfield (Rams, Hall of Famer), Frankie Albert (49ers), and Kay Stephenson (Bills). The list also contains guys you have heard about: Bart Starr (Packers, Hall of Famer), Sam Wyche (Bengals), and (you'll love this, Dave) the indomitable Ivy Leaguer Jason Garrett (Cowboys). Regardless, some decent company. All of this I like.
What I hate is "the hire", that is, the manner in which Pederson was reportedly hired. We may never really know what actually happened, but the fact that reports say the Eagles wanted Gase, then McAdoo, then Coughlin, then called Hue Jackson... all without interviewing other offensive and defensive coordinators who, according to popular opinion, should have been... really leads me to think that the Eagles' search committee failed. I would feel more confident in the hire if more due diligence was reported, even if the end result was still Pederson.
Patrick: Maybe it's just me, but I'm finding it difficult to have strong feelings one way or the other. This also feels like a good time to remind folks that we really don't know anything about how a coach will perform once he's in charge. Even prior head coaching experience doesn't necessarily make a difference. For example, Chip Kelly could be just as easily turn San Francisco around as he could run it even further into the ground (if that's even possible).