Eagles hire Doug Pederson as new head coach

Tom Coughlin Withdraws Name from Eagles HC Consideration
Tom Coughlin Withdraws Name from Eagles HC Consideration

The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly set to hire Doug Pederson as the team's new head coach, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Pederson has been offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs for the last three years. He was previously the Eagles quarterbacks coach from 2011 through 2012.

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The 47-year-old was an NFL quarterback for 12 years, winning a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers during the 1996 season. He retired after a second stint with Green Bay that lasted from 2001 through 2004, when he served as Brett Favre's backup. He threw 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over his career.

The hire comes hours after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin had pulled his name from consideration for the job, citing a poor fit. After Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was promoted to head coach, and Adam Gase was hired by the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia was left with few options.

Under Pederson and Andy Reid, the Chiefs were sixth in total yards this year, while placing ninth in points per game.

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