What’s next for the Eagles?
Posted On July 19, 2021
By the time the Eagles had a new head coach in place in the offseason, they had been in the NFL for nearly a decade.
That means they know what it’s like to be a head coach.
The Eagles also know what makes it hard to win a Super Bowl.
They’ve had two coaches who didn’t make the playoffs, including their last three Super Bowl champions, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll.
They were also without their starting quarterback in Kelly, who was injured for the majority of the 2016 season.
Kelly left for the New York Jets after the 2016 campaign, but he didn’t leave the team in the interim, and Kelly himself didn’t join the Eagles until the 2017 offseason.
Kelly is no longer an Eagles head coach, but the organization is expected to retain his services as a consultant.
Here’s a look at what’s next in the Eagles’ coaching search.
What’s next: The Eagles could keep coach Doug Pederson as they rebuild the roster, but they’d probably like to bring in someone like former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to join Pederson’s staff.
Belichick has spent most of his career coaching the NFL’s elite teams.
Pederson was a defensive coordinator in New England from 2009-13, and he also spent time as a defensive backs coach and special teams coach for the Patriots.
Belichick won five Super Bowls with the Patriots and has an extensive resume.
Pedersen, who had a 10-3 record in five seasons with the Colts before leaving for the Browns, is one of the most accomplished coaches in the league.
He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for the first two years of his tenure, and it was his coaching success that ultimately led to the Browns reaching the Super Bowl in 2011.
Peders tenure was cut short by a heart attack in his hometown of Indianapolis.
Kelly has spent time coaching in the professional ranks and his career included a six-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers.
He left San Francisco in 2019 after the team lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Superdome Bowl.
He’s been the Eagles defensive coordinator since 2017, but Kelly is expected in the market for a new defensive coordinator.
Kelly will be a consultant on a coaching search, but it’s unlikely that Kelly will return to coaching.
Why it matters: Pederson is not a household name outside of the league, but a lot of people in Philadelphia are fans of the 49ers defense.
The team finished in the top three of the NFL in yards allowed per game in 2016.
Peder was instrumental in the 49er defense allowing the fewest yards per game (3.25) in the entire league in 2016, which was the lowest figure since the 2000s.
Pedered was also a leader on the defense in the locker room, leading the team to three playoff berths in five years.
Peded’s tenure in Philadelphia also helped pave the way for the resurgence of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles will be hoping that Pederson has a successful coaching career, but his coaching career could also be a success if he returns to the NFL after coaching the 49-man roster in the future.
Pedering is known for his willingness to be flexible in his coaching philosophy, and if the Eagles hire Kelly, he’ll be able to work with a team with a strong supporting cast.
Peding coached Tom Brady for three seasons in New York and has been a coach in the CFL.
Kelly has spent more time as an NFL head coach than any other head coach over the past two decades.