The Eagles fired Doug Pederson eight days after they played their final regular-season game. It wasn’t that long ago when it was reported that Pederson’s job would be safe. Things then went downhill after Pederson decided to replace Jalen Hurts with third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the second half of their game against the Washington Football Team.
The timing of this change was questionable at best, given that it was still a competitive game with the Eagles trailing 17-14 in the fourth quarter. The decision sent a bad message to the players who were still giving it their all on the field, only for Sudfeld to come into the game, turn the ball over twice, and finish with a 2.2 Total QBR. After the game, players were shocked at the decision and were upset that Pederson lacked the courtesy to inform them of his plan. The fact that a predetermined decision was so poorly communicated to the rest of that roster that he now finds himself out of Philadelphia is as pathetic as it is stunning.
It was only four years ago that Peterson led the Eagles to a Super Bowl, and when you look at all the other current coaches in the league, only eight of them have won a Super Bowl. Peterson shouldn’t have any problem getting another coaching job now that he’s on the market. But unfortunately for the Eagles, this was a fitting ending to a season that never seemed to get off to a good start.
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