Eagles part ways with Doug Pederson, who could take over Jets

Kansas City OC Eric Bieniemy and QBs coach Mike Kafka are the +400 co-favorites to become the next HC in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia fired Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson on Monday, ending a five-year partnership.

The Eagles were expected to retain Pederson heading into next season, but some meetings with owner Jeffrey Lurie over the past week changed the narrative. They finished with a 4-11-1 record this season, including a drama-filled loss to Washington to close the regular season.

“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…I believe it is in both of our best interests to part ways.”

Pederson became the eighth NFL head coach to win a Super Bowl within his first two years on the job when Philadelphia beat New England during the 2017 season. It was the first of three straight playoff appearances prior to things falling apart this year.

Offshore sportsbook BetOnline released odds for Pederson’s next job. With several openings across the league, the sportsbook is listing Pederson at -150 to be a head coach next season.

The New York Jets are a +200 ‘chalk’ to be his next team. The Los Angeles Chargers are +300 and Jacksonville is +400. Detroit (+500), Atlanta (+600) and Houston (+700) are all listed as well.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Pederson has a “strong relationship with Jets’ GM Joe Douglas, which could put one more HC candidate in play for the NYJ.”

The Eagles will also be looking for a new head coach during the offseason. BetOnline lists Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka as +400 co-favorites. Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is +450 and Tennessee offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is +500.

Philadelphia will be working through some quarterback drama in the offseason. Starter Carson Wentz was benched late in the season for rookie Jalen Hurts, who had some success.

“Pederson’s firing significantly increases the chances of Wentz staying in Philadelphia,” a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

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