LIE and say that this hire excites you. I dare you to do it without bursting into flames. In all truth I can’t say I like it either, but until he proves us right, we the fans have to live with Doug Pederson as the leader of our beloved Eagles. I could sit here and rail against it, or what I could do is find something about it to like. Find something in it that I can root for each Sunday. When I looked there were already a couple of things that jumped out at me.
Doug Pederson is not a genius. That’s not sarcasm for he’s an idiot, that’s listing not being a genius as a strength. When both Andy Reid and Chip Kelly got here, they were already hailed as leading minds in their areas of expertise; and both men in some way or another attempted to reinvent the wheel in a game as straightforward as football. Pederson isn’t that guy, so his approach will likely be more traditional in nature.
Doug Pederson wasn’t a very good Offensive Coordinator. This year the Chiefs ranked 27th in yards. Last year they ranked 25th. The year before it was 21st. So every year they got worse under him. This means he isn’t going to be married to one side of the ball as his savior. In fact if anything, he’s a former OC who has learned (through his own failures) the value of a strong Defense.
Doug Pederson is a former NFL player. He can relate to players in a way that neither of our last two head coaches could have. He understands what it means to be benched, and can tell a guy that there is an upside to helping groom the man beneath him on the depth chart, as Pederson did for Donovan McNabb.
Doug Pederson has had no bad teachers. Pederson has spent his entire NFL career learning from Andy Reid, and still has his teacher’s brain to pick over stuff. What that will mean now, remains to be seen. However, at least no one can claim his education in and about this league is lacking. Which is a far cry from what I was saying when Kelly was hired.
Doug Pederson is under no illusions. He’s familiar with the Jeff Lurie/Howie Roseman dynamic. He even knows some of the talent that’s still here (Brandon Graham, Mychal Kendricks, Jason Kelce, Brent Celek, Riley Cooper, Fletcher Cox, etc.) . He knows the Eagles are a mess and it’s his job to clean it up. And he knows how the media and fans will be if he doesn’t.
So it’s not ALL bad. In fact there are some building blocks here. So while I’m not thrilled with this hire, I’m not going to belly-ache about it either. After spending three years not believing in Kelly, I’m STARVING for a coach I can get behind again. So I’m going to take a leap of faith based on these good signs and cast my lot with Pederson. No “if’s”. No “buts”. No hedging my bets.
I’m all in.