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Doug Pederson was fired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, three seasons after leading the team to their first NFL title since 1960.
Eagles president and owner Jeffrey Lurie announced his decision in a statement, saying it was best to part ways with Pederson after a dismal season – 4-11 with a draw.
“I have spent the last few weeks evaluating everything that has happened over the past year and looking ahead,” Lurie said. “We’re all very disappointed with how our season has gone and keen to make a difference, not only for next season, but for the future of the franchise as well.
“Coach Pederson and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what this collective vision would look like moving forward. After taking the time to reflect on these conversations, I believe it is in our best interests to go our separate ways. ”
Pederson went 42-37-1 in five seasons as the Eagles coach, including a 41-33 victory over New England at Super Bowl 52 in 2018 in Minneapolis.
Pederson, 52, is a former player who has spent most of his career replacing legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
The Eagles went 9-7 in each of the next two seasons, losing in the first and second rounds of the playoffs, before collapsing in 2020.
“As the leader of this organization, it is imperative for me to do what I believe is best for everyone as we look ahead and move on to our next chapter,” Lurie said.
“I know we have work to do to get back to where we want to be, but I also believe that we have an exceptionally strong group of people in this organization who can help us prepare for future success. ”
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