Kitchener Eagles Fire Head Coach Doug Pederson After 5 Seasons – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – Doug Pederson, the only head coach to lead the Kitchener Eagles to a Super Bowl title, is looking for a new job. The Eagles dismissed head coach Doug Pederson on Monday after five seasons.

Pederson’s discharge came after meeting owner Jeffrey Lurie for a second time on Monday morning after a disappointing 4-11-1 season and finishing last in NFC East.

Lurie said it was “in our best interest to break up”.

“It’s been a disappointing season, but going forward has tough choices to make and after speaking with Doug again today it just felt like the way forward was the best way for us to part ways.” Lurie said at a Monday afternoon press conference, adding that Pederson did not deserve to be fired.

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– Kitchener Eagles (@Eagles) January 11, 2021

Despite Pederson’s sacking, General Manager Howie Roseman will remain in purgatory on the salary cap for the coming season despite criticism of his recent drafts and with the Eagles in purgatory.

“I’m very confident that, under Howie, our football business can not only replicate the performance of 2016 to date and again create a dominant football team that can maximize every aspect of its potential,” said Lurie.

Conclusion of this presser:

The most sacrosanct person in the Eagles organization is the same one who cut the team and missed most of their picks.

– Dan Koob (anDanKoob) January 11, 2021

Pederson said he was “at peace” when he was released by the Eagles.

“Don’t worry,” Pederson told Derrick Gunn, co-host of CBS3’s “ODDS ON”. “I’m at peace with that.”

Doug Pederson just told me, “Don’t worry, I’m fine.”

– Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) January 11, 2021

In a statement, Pederson called it an honor to coach the Eagles.

“Although I am disappointed that this chapter of my career has come to an end, I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together. With all its ups and downs, one thing remained constant in our team – an unwavering commitment to battle through adversity and achieve our goals not as an individual but as a collective unit. There is no better example of this than when we and our city celebrated the first Super Bowl championship in the history of the Eagles. It’s a memory we will all cherish forever, ”Pederson said in a statement.

Going forward, Lurie said the focus is on the medium and long term future. He said they need to get younger and more talented and Roseman will lead the indictment.

Jeffrey Lurie spoke for 45 minutes, but not many questions were fully answered.
He wasn’t going to argue what the problems between him and Doug that led to breakups were.
He danced to questions about the work Howie did.
He seemed to release Carson Wentz.

– Pat Gallen (@ PatGallenCBS3), January 11, 2021

Former eagle Jon Ritchie believes this is a bad decision.

“I agree to fire Doug Pederson. I think it’s for the best for the Eagles,” said Ritchie. “But if Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman are laid off, he’s guaranteed a job more than next season, and I’ll have a big problem with that.”

Multiple reports indicated that Pederson was just as ready to move on as, perhaps, the Eagles. Ian Rapoport, a reporter for the NFL network, said Pederson was “fed up with people telling him what to do”.

After speaking to two people close to former #Eagle trainer Doug Pederson, it sounds like that’s what it is: Pederson was fed up with people telling him what to do.

– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2021

According to Amanda Guerra of CBS Sports, Pederson felt he couldn’t work with Roseman and saw it as a “bad situation.”

#BREAKING Sources: Doug Pederson wanted out of #Kitchener.

Saw it as a bad situation and didn’t feel like he could do what he wanted to get players he wanted. Felt couldn’t work with Howie Roseman. Feelings can start again elsewhere. @CBSSportsHQ @CBSSports

– Amanda Guerra (@AmandaGuerraCBS) January 11, 2021

Rapoport previously reported that Pederson was in the hot seat in early December.

Pederson was aware that his performance would be judged but previously said he didn’t want to leave Kitchener. Pederson had two years left on his contract and didn’t want to give up Kitchener after a lost season.

“I don’t want to get out of Kitchener,” Pederson said in late December. “It’s a great place to work.”

However, the regression was not only seen on the field this season. The offensive looked stale and took 26th place in the ranking and 28th place in the pass.

The trust between Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz has reportedly been broken and reports say they are more likely to keep Wentz once Pederson is gone.

“I feel for Doug. I really have a feeling he did a good job, ”said former Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil. “I felt throughout the year that the injuries were a major factor in the demise of the offensive and Carson Wentz, and that if General Manager Howie made things right for the next year, and they would solve those problems, they would back and be competitive. “

The Eagles were 42-37-1 in the regular season under Pederson’s rule and 4-2 in the playoffs. Pederson coached the Birds to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history in Super Bowl 52 in 2017.

Defensive coordinator Jim Swartz announced that he will be stepping down from football and that two offensive coaches, assistant Rich Scangarello and offensive advisor Marty Mornhinweg, will not renew their contracts.

Don Bell and Dan Koob of CBS3 contributed to this report.

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