Doug Pederson Being Disrespected by Odds to Win Coach of the Year
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a 9-7 NFC East-winning 2019 campaign, and they've made some big moves this offseason.
Even still, Doug Pederson is being given just +2600 odds to win the 2020 AP NFL Coach of the Year award on FanDuel Sportsbook. That ranks 15th among all coaches, and it's especially disrespectful considering Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is tied for first at +1200.
The Eagles are coming from a pretty good place already, having won their division in 2019. The biggest weakness on the team was likely the secondary, checking in at 16th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings (compared to fourth against the run). They've gone a long way to ease those concerns, trading for former Detroit Lions star Darius Slay and signing Nickell Robey-Coleman.
The other big weakness was wide receiver depth, as the team's three receptions leaders were all tight ends and running backs. The addition of free agent Marquise Goodwin, as well as drafting three wide receivers (including first-round pick Jalen Reagor) should give them a huge boost on that front.
Taking a division-winning squad and throwing in significant improvements to its two weakest areas has put the Eagles in a terrific spot for the year ahead.
Add in a Super Bowl-winning head coach, and we have the recipe for the kind of elite season that would elevate Pederson into the heart of the Coach of the Year race.
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