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Eagles officially hire Doug Pederson

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The Philadelphia Eagles have officially hired Doug Pederson as their new head coach. He arrived in Philadelphia earlier today and replaces Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur.

The Eagles hired the 47-year-old, who will be entering his first head coaching job. To make sure that he’s not inexperienced, he has looked to bring on assistants, who have previous head coaching experience.

He’ll officially be introduced to the media on Tuesday at 2 pm during a press conference.

Pederson returns to the Eagles, where he was once a player and an assistant coach. He was a player in 1999 when Andy Reid was in his first-year as Eagles head coach and helped mentor first round pick Donovan McNabb.

Then, after his playing career ended, Reid gave Pederson a shot to be a coach, where he spent several seasons on the Eagles staff. It was Reid, who hired Pederson to be his offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs when he was hired in 2013.

Last week, it was reported that Pederson would be the Eagles new head coach. Hours earlier, it looked like the team was going to hire Tom Coughlin.

However, when Coughlin withdrew from consideration, because he couldn’t bring his assistant coaches with him from New York, the Eagles turned to the inexperienced Pederson to lead their team forward.

Pederson will also try to clean up the mess that Kelly left behind. There was a divide in the locker room and many players called Kelly racist, especially his former African-American players.

There hasn’t been much talk on Kelly being racist after September when Mike Sielski wrote a story for philly.com.

Prior to following Reid to Kansas City, he was the Eagles quarterbacks coach for two seasons. He also served two seasons as an offensive quality control coordinator in 2009 and 2010.

From 2005 to 2008, he was the Calvary Baptist Academy Cavaliers head coach in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He began his playing career with the New York/New Jersey Knights in the World League of American Football. Then, played in the NFL from 1993 to 2004 with the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Eagles and Cleveland Browns.

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