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Heading into Week 17 of the NFL season, Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson appeared to be returning for the 2021 season. However, a week after he benched quarterback Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in their season finale against the Washington Football Team, owner Jeffrey Lurie decided to let Pederson go after five seasons with the team.
Lurie’s decision to fire Pederson raises a major question mark for this offseason: do the Eagles hire a coach to rebuild Carson Wentz, or do they move on from Wentz and develop Hurts as the franchise QB moving forward. Wentz is due to get paid over $30 million a year starting next season, but with his struggles last season, the Eagles are in a real conundrum as they are currently in cap hell.
Pederson’s relationship with Wentz was “fractured beyond repair,” and Lurie let go of Pederson as their vision for the future was dissimilar, making the decision to part ways mutual. Pederson deserved to go after benching Hurts, a decision which baffled many and one that clearly divided the locker room. The Eagles finished 4-11-1 in 2020 and Pederson finished 46-39-1 in his five years as a head coach, winning the franchise’s only Super Bowl back in 2017.
Whichever QB the Eagles move with going forward, they need an offensive mind with discipline to rebuild the Eagles to return to winning ways. One coach I recommend is Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator Joe Brady, a coach who can elevate and offense and provide a sound structure to the team.
The Eagles will look for a new coach as they enter the offseason full of question marks, a tight salary cap and the sixth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.