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Doug Pederson says he’s “at peace” with no longer being the Eagles’ head coach

What a welcoming sign for the next hire.

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Doug Pederson doesn’t exactly seem torn up about being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

The Super Bowl winning head coach shared the following reaction to Derrick Gunn:

“No worries, I’m at peace with it.”

This sentiment doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. We previously heard how Pederson “wouldn’t be totally unhappy if he ends up getting fired.”

It’s not hard to imagine why. Pederson was often responsible to answer for organizational failings that stemmed back to poor decisions made by Jeffrey Lurie and/or Howie Roseman.

To be clear, Pederson played a big role in his own downfall. His proposed coaching staff changes ahead of the 2021 season weren’t inspiring.

But it’s hard to totally blame him for not wanting the team to force more hires on him after we saw how that failed to work out last year. Pederson had had enough:

Interesting to see that Pederson actually threatened to quit last year following the Eagles’ decision to fire Mike Groh after the head coach initially said he’d be back:

In fairness, there was a reasonable case to be made that Groh shouldn’t be back. But it was also fair for Pederson to feel like he deserved the benefit of the doubt when it came to picking his own staff. Not sure if the NFL has ever seen a championship winning head coach who lacked respect and power the way that Pederson did.

Kind of makes you wonder how attractive the Eagles’ head coaching job will be to prospective candidates.

In any case, it’s nice to hear that Pederson isn’t taking the news super hard. He made out pretty decent in the end since he’s still getting paid through the 2022 season. Pederson can take a year off if he prefers or potentially get right back in the mix as the head coach of a different NFL team.

Good luck out there, Doug.