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Former Eagles Coach Pederson Says He’s Likely Taking 2021 Off From Coaching

It sounds like Doug Pederson knows that the NFL coaching carousel is slowing down, and jobs are becoming more and more scarce.

Pederson said on Tuesday that he’s thinking about taking some time off, that he’s “leaning toward taking the next year off and preparing for [the] next season.”

There were some rumors that Pederson was going to head out west to be the new OC of the Seattle Seahawks, but Seattle also seems to be interviewing anyone and everyone who has ever called a play before.

The Eagles ditched Pederson after a tough 2020 season in which the team went 4-11-1. By the end of the year, he and ownership didn’t see eye to eye on which quarterback to start.

The coach did guide the Eagles to their only Super Bowl win a few years back. That team went 13-3 before beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.

In five seasons total, Pederson led Philly to a mark of 42-37-1.

As with most high profile coaches who get fired, Pederson will need to stay in the spotlight doing TV or some sort of media. That way, he can jump back on the sidelines in 2022.

By then, there will be more openings around the NFL, and teams will probably forget the issues Pederson had in 2020.

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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