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Thoughts on new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson - BGN
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Ranking the NFL head-coaching hires from 1 to 6 - ESPN
Pederson spent most of his 10 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback (3-14 as a starter) before becoming a high school coach and then an assistant in Philly under Andy Reid, who brought him along to Kansas City. Pederson has spent only three years in the league as a coordinator, all under a head coach who is a dominant offensive voice. Maybe Pederson has the "emotional intelligence" that owner Jeffrey Lurie is looking for and that Chip Kelly allegedly lacked, and maybe not. But after Coughlin pulled out of the chase and McAdoo canceled his second interview, Lurie didn't have much to choose from and figured Pederson might bring a little Andy Reid football back to the Linc. It feels like a reach.

Even 15 years ago, Andy Reid knew Doug Pederson would be a coach - PhillyVoice
Before Doug Pederson ever coached a game, back when he was still holding Brett Favre's clipboard, the former quarterback was already preparing for a career that would, over the course of a decade, take him from the high school ranks to being the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Much of his success on the sideline can be attributed to Andy Reid, the winningest coach in Eagles history. Reid gave Pederson his first shot at an NFL coaching gig in 2009 as an offensive quality control coach. Two years later, he would be promoted to quarterbacks coach. And when Reid was fired by the Eagles after the 2012, only to be hired by the Chiefs, Pederson stayed with Reid and was made his offensive coordinator in Kansas City. Now, three years later, the Eagles are expected to hire Pederson, 47, away from Reid, who went 130-93-1 in 14 seasons in Philadelphia. But that doesn't bother the Chiefs coach.

First Impressions on the Latest Coach Hirings - The MMQB
I have known Doug for 15 years, back to when I was vice president of the Packers and he was our amiable, reliable and football-savvy backup quarterback. He was not only Brett Favre’s understudy (who never played); he was his best friend, his golf (scratch) and hunting partner, and his eyes and ears on the sideline. Doug was with Brett when we learned of Brett’s father’s passing; he handed Brett the phone to hear the news from wife Deanna. Doug’s presence on the team was good for Brett and good for the Packers.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Difference With Pederson - Birds 24/7
With an overall thin crop, did they realize that desirable coaches were going to be plucked quick? Did they think they had the sway to overcome supply and demand? If the plan was to be more methodical and they knew coaches would get snatched up at a rapid rate, why didn't they conduct a more expansive search to increase the chances of unearthing a gem? Pederson is a Reid disciple and the hope is, like Reid, Pederson will rise from relative obscurity to become one of the better head coaches in the National Football League. And he may do just that. But we're not talking about mirror situations here. Reid might not have been the public's favorite but he left a mark on the search committee that all but forced them to hire the ol' quarterbacks coach out of Green Bay. Here, it's different. Here, the Eagles were so impressed that they went out and pursued two other men for the job.

Eagles' head coaching search was high comedy - CSN Philly
Well, that was a mess. When Jeff Lurie fired Chip Kelly before the final game of the season, he said part of the reason was to give the Eagles a "jump start" on hiring the next head coach. It took them 16 days to come up with Doug Pederson. Can you imagine how absurd the search would have gotten if they didn’t have that jump start? Before we get to how they ended up stuck with Doug Pederson, let’s discuss Doug Pederson. For someone who still worships at the alter of Andy Reid, it’s not hard to imagine Lurie talking himself into one of Reid’s disciples. But even so, there weren’t a lot of people lining up to praise the good work of Pederson and hire him away from Kansas City. In fact, the list of teams looking to land Pederson was really short. It had only one name.

Jaworski, who aided Eagles' coaching search, praises Pederson - Daily News
THERE WERE 20 to 25 candidates "that we spent a lot of time on," when the Eagles made a list of head-coaching possibilities, Ron Jaworski said Friday. He said a thorough vetting process knocked the candidates down to the half-dozen who were interviewed, with Doug Pederson emerging as the eventual choice. Jaworski served as a "special adviser" to the search committee of team chairman Jeffrey Lurie, team president Don Smolenski and vice president Howie Roseman. Jaworski said veteran former NFL general manager Bill Polian also advised, though Polian did not sit in on interviews.

Eagles in danger of fading into obscurity with Chip Kelly gone and Doug Pederson coming in -
Since Kelly was hired by the Eagles in 2013, the team has played on Thanksgiving day twice, they've played two Saturday games, one Thursday night game, one game the day after Christmas, five game on Monday Night Football, and seven on Sunday night. Add all of the prime time slots up, combined with the eight games over the past three seasons that started at 4:30 p.m, and of the 48 games that Kelly coached with the Eagles, 25 of them started at a time other than the normal 1 p.m. kickoff. Meaning with Kelly as the head coach, over half of the Eagles' games were in some kind of primetime slot. With Kelly gone, and Doug Pederson on board, that is almost certainly going to change.

Where Are They Now? DE Mike Mamula -
Concluding his six-year career following the 2000 season, Mamula, his wife, Chantal, and their 16-year-old twins Milton and Luca, make their home on the Main Line in Philadelphia. He co-owns and is the director of business development for Comprehensive Screening Solutions (CSS Inc.), an employment screening company in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "We are a consumer reporting agency," said Mamula. "We provide background screening and drug testing services for pretty much every industry that’s out there. We can pull information nationally, globally. If there’s information to pull, we can pull that. We’re basically a national company.

Earl Thomas and the Seahawks won't let unhealed wounds stand in the way of a Super Bowl run - SB Nation
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