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Doug Pederson Says He Expects to Be Back with Eagles as Head Coach in 2021

The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2020 season is set to end Sunday without a trip to the playoffs, but that does not stop coach Doug Pederson from believing he will be back as head coach next season.

“I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021,” he said during his radio appearance on 94.1 WIP Monday morning.

“The thing I’m most proud of, this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I’ve been here, and that’s pretty good.

“We have won a championship here. We have gone through a season where a lot of our veteran guys are not playing due to injury. We are playing with a lot of young players.”

It will be the first time since the 2016 season and also just the second season under Pederson that Philadelphia will not be in the postseason.

The Eagles never got their footing in 2020. After Sunday’s 37-17 loss to Dallas, the team sits at just 4-10-1.

While Pederson has take some heat for his team’s struggles, the team has been successful overall with Pederson in charge.

The team went to the postseason in his second season, reached Super Bowl LII and upset the New England Patriots 41-33.

The next season, the team lost to the New Orleans Saints 20-14 in the divisional playoffs, and last season, they fell to the Seattle Seahawks 17-9.

Under Pederson, the Eagles are 42-36-1 and 4-2 in the postseason.

One major decision the team will have to make this offseason relates to the quarterback position. The team has made the transition from first overall 2016 draft pick Carson Wentz to 2020 second-round draft pick Jalen Hurts.

With Wentz, the Eagles struggled. He threw 16 touchdowns and an NFC-high 15 interceptions.

Hurts landed an upset of the Saints in his first game as a starter. In three games, he’s thrown for 989 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

In all three starts, Hurts has thrown for at least one score, and in the last two weeks, he’s thrown for 338 and 342 yards.

What they do at the quarterback spot is going to be a huge storyline for the Eagles this offseason.

 

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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