By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This comes just hours after an ESPN report that suggested that Pederson was on shaky ground with the team. The report suggested that Pederson and owner Jeffrey Lurie were going to meet in Florida on Tuesday.
However, the Eagles elected to make the move after five seasons. He went 42-37-1 in those five seasons.
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“It has been an absolute honor serving as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Pederson said in a statement. “As difficult as it is to say goodbye, I will always look back on my time here with appreciation and respect. Thank you to Jeffrey Lurie for the opportunity, and to Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski for their partnership and support over the last five seasons. To all of our coaches, players, and staff, thank you for believing in me and allowing me to lead us on this journey. The memories we made here, together, will always have a special place in my heart.
“To the City of Philadelphia, thank you for embracing me and this team. I truly appreciate that passion you bring every single day – at home, on the road, and in the community. No matter what, you were always right there with us. Although I am disappointed that this chapter of my career has come to an end, I am extremely proud of what we accomplished together. Through all the ups and downs, one thing remained constant about our team – an unwavering commitment to battle through adversity and to achieve our goals not as individuals, but as a collective unit. There is no better example of that than when we celebrated the first Super Bowl Championship in Eagles history together with our city. That is a memory we will all cherish forever.”
The Eagles went 4-11-1 this season. This was just their second losing season in his five seasons as the team leader.
Pederson guided the team to a 7-9 record in 2016 in his first season with the team after he replaced Chip Kelly. In 2017, he was the mastermind behind the greatest team in the history of the Eagles.
He guided the franchise to their first Super Bowl during the 2017 season when they defeated the New England Patriots.
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The Eagles went 13-3 that regular season. Then, the team was perfect in the playoffs, as Nick Foles led the franchise to a 3-0 record to win Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Since the Super Bowl, he guided the team to a 22-25-1 record in the past three seasons. The Eagles were also 1-2 in the playoffs during this span, as well.
“I have spent the last few weeks evaluating everything from this past year and looking ahead,” Lurie said in a statement. “We are all very disappointed with the way our season went and eager to turn things around, not just for next season but also for the future of the franchise. Coach (Doug) Pederson and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what that collective vision would look like moving forward. After taking some time to reflect on these conversations, I believe it is in both of our best interests to part ways. I have known Doug and his family for more than 20 years and they will always be family to me. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and everything we have accomplished together over the last five seasons.
“Everyone in the organization understands the type of man and coach that he is, and how much he means to all of us as well as the City of Philadelphia. We all look forward to the day he will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame as a Super Bowl-winning head coach, and we are confident he will have success with his next team. But as the leader of this organization, it is imperative for me to do what I believe is best for everyone as we look ahead to the future and move into our next chapter. I know that we have work to do to get back to where we want to be, but I also believe that we have an exceptionally strong group of people in this organization who can help set us up for future success.”
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