3 Most Likely Replacements for Doug Pederson
The Philadelphia Eagles reached the pinnacle in 2017, as head coach Doug Pederson helped lead his team to a 13-3 record and Super Bowl ring in just his second season. However, the team hasn't been able to recapture that magic, failing to advance past the divisional round in the playoffs since 2018. Making the playoffs in three straight seasons isn't too shabby, especially given the Super Bowl win in one of those years, but early exits are disappointing when the franchise has proven it can win championships.
The 2020 season has been a nightmare for the Eagles, who are coming off of an embarrassing Monday night loss where they looked completely overwhelmed. The defeat makes them 3-7-1 this season, and observers are starting to believe a changing of the guard at head coach would be best for the franchise moving forward. If the Eagles elect to find a new head coach, here are three likely replacements for Doug Pederson.
3. Brian Daboll, OC, Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills' offensive resurgence can be credited to Brian Daboll. The offensive coordinator comes from an experienced background, working under both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, and he's used that experience to help turn young quarterback Josh Allen into one of the league's top passers (7th in yards and 10th in TDs). Eagles QB Carson Wentz (who leads the league in INTs this season with 15) needs someone who can get him back to the production he put up in 2017, when he threw for almost 3,300 yards, 33 TDs and only 7 interceptions.
2. Don Martindale, DC, Baltimore Ravens
Don Martindale would help get the Eagles back on track defensively. Philadelphia ranked 4th in points and yards allowed during their Super Bowl season, but has failed to place better than 15th in yards since and has only cracked the top 10 in points allowed once (this season). Martindale's Ravens defense ranked 1st in yards and points allowed in 2018, followed by 1st and 4th place finishes in 2019. Martindale is absolutely the man you should trust to revamp your defense.
1. Eric Bieniemy, OC, Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Bieniemy is a leading head-coaching candidate and for good reason. The Chiefs have excelled under him, ranking 1st, 6th and 1st in yards during his almost three full seasons, and placing 1st, 5th and 2nd in points. He has found ways to maximize his star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and top receiving options in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and the Eagles sorely need to do the same with the receiving corps around Wentz. Philadelphia had a top-3 scoring offense in 2017, and Bieniemy is the coach who could scheme the Eagles back to the top.
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