The Doug Pederson-era in Philadelphia came to a shocking end on Monday afternoon.
Despite leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl title and three playoff appearances, the fifth-year head coach clearly had irreconcilable differences with owner Jeffrey Laurie and will be without a job heading into mid-January. Pederson will end his time in Philadelphia with an overall record of 42-37-1.
Now, the Eagles will be left with even more questions heading into the offseason. Chief among them will be what to do with franchise quarterback Carson Wentz.
Earlier reports indicate that Pederson’s firing will spell good news for the former No. 2 overall pick. According to ESPN NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler, the move “significantly increases” Wentz’s chances of staying in Philadelphia. With Pederson gone, the Eagles front office seems to think that it’s relationship with the 28-year-old quarterback is “salvageable.”
Doug Pederson firing significantly increases chances of Carson Wentz staying in Philadelphia, a source told ESPN. Became clear keeping both would be difficult. Eagles could always gauge market or adjust with new coach but relationship appears salvageable.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 11, 2021
During the final stretch of the Eagles’ 2020 season, reports surfaced claiming that Wentz’s relationship with Pederson was nearly fractured. Obviously with the head coach now gone, the former No. 2 pick could develop a new bond and adjust with a new candidate at the helm.
Still, it’s hard to fully attribute Wentz’s struggles last season to Pederson. The 28-year-old quarterback looked to be a shell of his former self, throwing for just 16 touchdowns in 12 starts. During that span, Wentz also threw 15 interceptions and took a league-high 50 sacks. With just a few games remaining, Pederson benched Wentz for rookie second-rounder Jalen Hurts.
But the Eagles continued to stutter down the stretch. Despite an impressive Week 14 victory over the shorthanded Saints, Hurts regressed in the passing game over Philadelphia’s final three weeks. The Eagles lost all three games and closed the season at 4-11-1.
With Pederson gone, Philadelphia will get a fresh start. Time will tell if Wentz gets one as well.