Well, Doug Pederson is no longer head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Never thought I’d be typing that sentence fewer than three years after watching him raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the Super Bowl parade up Broad Street. And after the Eagles signed him and Howie Roseman to contract extensions that ran through the 2022 NFL season.
But here we are.
Bleeding Green Nation will have lots and lots and lots of coverage on Pederson’s departure. For now, here’s a recap of some immediate reactions from Twitter.
Spoiler alert: Not a lot of people thrilled about Pederson being gone and Roseman still sticking around as the team’s general manager!
“Doug Pederson is far from blameless for the failures of the 2020 Eagles. But compared to his contemporary peers, to fire him after this season would be unfair, and compared to his fellow Super Bowl winners would be egregiously unfair.”https://t.co/ep1naCl64K— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) December 3, 2020
Ah, yes, staff changes. The biggest issue with the Eagles.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 11, 2021
*$51.6M over the cap*
*One Pro Bowler drafted since 2014 (Carson Wentz, who was benched this year)*https://t.co/qXxxe41Sg6
True. While it wasn’t called a HC interview, some caught win and considered it as much. It gave Jim some clout and led some in the building to believe he was behind the Mike Lombardi criticisms of Doug.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 11, 2021
Cannot emphasize this enough:— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) January 11, 2021
A head coach candidate with an offer from the Eagles and an offer from another team will take the other job. If he does otherwise, he's nuts.
The Eagles' open HC job won't be appealing. QB spot unsettled, the roster stinks otherwise (and has little chance of getting better anytime soon because of an awful cap situation), and there will be rightful concerns about a history of HC friction with team brass.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 11, 2021
Only 1 current GM in the NFL has been in place for 3 head coaching hires (Steve Keim, AZ, who started in 2013 at the same time as Bruce Arians, who retired in 2017).— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 11, 2021
This next Eagles head coaching hire will be the Eagles' third with Howie Roseman as GM.
This would've been such a natural place for Jeffrey Lurie to start fresh.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) January 11, 2021
Now Eagles will be looking for HC to join a team with no QB solution, old roster, bad cap shape.
Plus, must be comfortable with Roseman handling personnel and Lurie/Roseman having strong input on staff.
Honestly, it's the best thing for Doug Pederson. He's going to go someplace, get more control there than he was allowed here, and do really well. He won the Super THREE FREAKING YEARS AGO. Man.— John Stolnis (@JohnStolnis) January 11, 2021
Jeffrey Lurie actually watched this season and said, after looking at Wentz, Roseman and Pederson, that PEDERSON was the problem. I just can't wrap my mind around that level of idiocy.— John Stolnis (@JohnStolnis) January 11, 2021
if the Eagles never hired Doug Pederson, I would not be living with my girlfriend right now. Just a legend and maybe my favorite Philly sports figure ever.— shamus (@shamus_clancy) January 11, 2021
Man, the signs were there but I can’t believe the Pederson news. He was the best thing to happen to the franchise in over a decade, reached a level of success many of his peers never will and was ultimately made the scapegoat for the mounting failures of the front office. pic.twitter.com/6Sr4k0viG6— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH) January 11, 2021
35 months ago the Eagles won a Super Bowl.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) January 11, 2021
Only one other NFL coach has been fired within six years of winning a Super Bowl. That was Don McCafferty of the Colts, fired five games into 1972 two years after winning the Super Bowl for refusing to bench 39-year-old Johnny Unitas.
Doug Pederson deserves all the credit in the world for his title-winning Eagles tenure, and he's not a bad coach. Philly legend forever. But the recent trajectory, because of both his doing and the organization's failures, made this split inevitable/enticing.— Cody Benjamin (@CodyJBenjamin) January 11, 2021
We’re forever indebted to Doug Pederson.— BabesOnBroad (@BabesOnBroad) January 11, 2021
2020 was a horrible year, but this man was a phenomenal leader who gave us Eagles fans everything we ever wanted - a Super Bowl in Philly.
Thank you, Doug. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/azrbWfT2zV
Doug Pederson deserved better than this Eagles mess. I’ll be rooting for him wherever he lands next.— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) January 11, 2021
Howie Roseman is the worst person in my life.— AF (@ArkansasFred) January 11, 2021
Jeffrey Lurie is betting on Howie Roseman over Doug Pederson. It is a risky bet. #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) January 11, 2021
The last two #Eagles head coaches have wanted Howie Roseman out— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) January 11, 2021
For whatever the media or fans think of Roseman, that alone is pretty telling
Disaster organization— Dan (@snaxonly) January 11, 2021
Impossible to overstate this, but whoever the Eagles hire is 99.9% sure to be a worse HC than Doug Pederson— Dan (@snaxonly) January 11, 2021
Ok cool. Now do Howie.— erik (@erikpetersen_) January 11, 2021
Now fire Howie— IgglesNest (@IgglesNest) January 11, 2021
Eagles are a bad team in a bad situation and they’re a week behind in the coaching hire process. They’re not getting a top guy, especially if Howie sticks around.— IgglesNest (@IgglesNest) January 11, 2021
The book on Doug is that he’s an excellent game day coach keeps guys engaged. But his offense sputtered for 3 years in a row, he oversaw the collapse of Wentz, he stuck with certain vets too long and appears incapable of hiring and maintaining a quality staff.— IgglesNest (@IgglesNest) January 11, 2021
Bump. Pederson is a legend and the precipitous fall from Super Bowl to here is not solely on him. I have more faith that he is good at his next spot than I am of the Eagles rebuilding from their wreckage. https://t.co/MqYnx7d8Xk— Sohil D (@oh_sohilarious) January 11, 2021
What a joke of an organization. Thank you for everything, Coach Pederson. I regret that you had to deal with these incompetent losers. Go get yourself some ice cream. https://t.co/oAzMBJZ6Kj— sunset shazz (@sunset_shazz) January 11, 2021
This is the right take, but if Doug is out, there needs to be an entire housecleaning.— Alex Smith (@Alex_Smith720) January 11, 2021
He’s a good football coach. Leadership let him down. https://t.co/be59yRfM8F
Zero question the Eagles gig is the worst job in the market.— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) January 11, 2021
I've said it so many times but I've never seen a SB winning head coach with less clout. Now he's one of the quickest to be fired in decades. Absurd. https://t.co/U0wdXsyCn5— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) January 11, 2021
Doug managed to win a SB with Nick Foles at QB and Howie Roseman at GM.— Brent Cohen (@EaglesRewind) January 11, 2021
HOF resume. https://t.co/TnlGgrEb14
My reaction to the Doug Pederson firing is basically the same as with Gabe Kapler and Brett Brown, to a remarkable extent: he didn’t deserve to stay, but it in no way fixes the organization’s problems or gives me hope or confidence moving forward.— johnwintertweet (@johnwintertweet) January 11, 2021
Multiple things can be true.— Matt Carey (@RealMattCarey) January 11, 2021
1. Flags fly forever.
2. Doug was far from the only problem with this team and shouldn’t be cast as such.
3. Doug was a big problem with this team and firing him is not unfair given both his performance this year and his future outlook.
Doug was armed with basically nothing the last two years, riddled with injuries, and horrific draft picks. And he gets fired.— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) January 11, 2021
I don't know about you but I'm thrilled that Howie Roseman gets to hire his third coach in 8 years. I'm sure it will go great.— I’m just riffin baby (@GoBirdsGoSixers) January 11, 2021
What coach is coming to the Eagles after they fired Pederson 3 years after winning the Super Bowl, are $60 million over the cap, have drafted 1 Pro Bowler since 2014 (Wentz, who was just benched), and has Roseman waiting to stab you in the back the second things go bad?— I’m just riffin baby (@GoBirdsGoSixers) January 11, 2021
Roseman:— I’m just riffin baby (@GoBirdsGoSixers) January 11, 2021
- Has the Eagles $60m over cap
- Guaranteed Alshon's 2020 salary
- Drafted JJAW > Metcalf, Reagor > Jefferson
- Didn't trade for Hopkins or Diggs
- Drafted a backup QB in round 2
- Drafted 2 Pro Bowlers since 2014
- Reputation for running people out of town