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Reports: Eagles fire head coach Doug Pederson

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The Philadelphia Eagles have fired head coach Doug Pederson after meeting with him on Monday, according to multiple media reports.

In addition to problems on the field this season, NFL insider Ian Rapoport says there were disagreements on potential coaching staff changes. It also sounds like Pederson was unhappy with how things were being run in general:

This is quite the fall for Pederson in Philly after he led the Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots just three years ago. Philly went 4-11-1 this season, with Carson Wentz getting benched in favor of Jalen Hurts in the middle of it.

Pederson then came under fire for benching Hurts in Week 17, with Nate Sudfeld getting the call against the Washington Football Team late in the game. This decision led to outrage both inside and outside of the organization. There were rumblings over the weekend that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was leaning toward firing Pederson, and now the decision has been made.

Philly hired Doug Pederson in 2016 to replace Chip Kelly. The Eagles went 7-9 in Pederson’s first season and then went 13-3 behind Carson Wentz and Nick Foles in Year 2. Foles took over for Wentz after the latter tore his ACL and went on a magical Super Bowl run.

However, the franchise wasn’t able to follow up the Super Bowl victory with sustained success at a high level. The Eagles went 9-7 each of the next two seasons. While that was enough to earn playoff berths, Philly lost to the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round and then the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round.

The Eagles were then a disaster this season, thanks in large part to Wentz’s massive regression. Pederson stuck with Wentz for as long as he could, but he couldn’t help but turn to the rookie in Hurts when things didn’t turn around.

Doug Pederson will now likely be a candidate for the New York Jets’ open coaching position, while Philly reportedly could look at Kansas City Chiefs quarterback coach Mike Kafka.