Eagles Hire Doug Pederson as Head Coach

Doug Pederson
The Associated Press

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Doug Pederson as the team’s new head coach. The franchise introduces the new hire of a familiar face at an afternoon press conference on Tuesday.

“We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach,” said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. “Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players. All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”

The reference to a “communicator” seems a passive-aggressive, or at least subconscious, reference to the previous coach. “You’ve got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance,” Lurie maintained after firing Chip Kelly, criticized for his gruff style. “I would call it a style of leadership that values information and all of the resources that are provided and at the same time values emotional intelligence.”

The former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator lacks NFL head coaching experience. But this opportunity comes as his third stop in Philadelphia. Pederson played for the Eagles as a backup to Donovan McNabb before serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach during the Michael Vick era.