Why was Philadelphia Eagles head coach fired? Doug Pederson's partnership that led to only Super Bowl title ends
Doug Pederson's partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles will come to an end as reports on Monday indicated that the head coach was fired by the team's owner Jeffrey Lurie. Initially, Lurie and Pederson's partnership was expected to continue however over multiple meetings, the team's owner Lurie reportedly believed that Pederson was not equipped to deal with myriad issues facing the team and that he neither had a sound vision for how to address them.
In a statement according to ESPN, Lurie said, "I have spent the last few weeks evaluating everything from this past year and looking ahead," and he further added, "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 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."
He also spoke about how Pederson would always be family to him and said, "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."
In conclusion, Lurie noted, "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."
Sources however claimed that Lurie was also not confident about the choices that Pederson had planned on making regarding the staffing. One such decision happened to be that of Pederson's attempt at passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Press Taylor to the elevated position of offensive coordinator rather than hiring a more established candidate.