We wondered if Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson could be a head coaching candidate someplace this year and it sounds like, indeed, he will be. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Pederson, the Chiefs offensive coordinator, will be a candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles coaching job.
Chiefs OC Doug Pederson expected to be a leading candidate for Philadelphia HC job, per sources. Pederson coached in Philly from 2009-12.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2016
NFL Network's Albert Breer also mentions Pederson as a candidate.
Andy Reid has called Pederson a future head coach before. He also recently said that Pederson has done some play calling this year, although we don't know how much or how little. I suspected at the time that this was a way for Reid to indicate to other teams that Pederson is a potential coaching candidate.
Why this makes sense: Pederson has been a player and coach in Philly. He was Reid's first quarterback in Philly in 1999 and came back from 2009-12 as an assistant coach with the Eagles under Reid. He then followed Reid to KC where he has been the offensive coordinator for the last three years. Also, I am guessing that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and those on the coaching search are familiar with Reid, who will probably give them a good recommendation on Pederson. And after doing something so differently with Chip Kelly, I wouldn't be surprised if the Eagles were trying to get back to the years when they were annual playoff contenders under Reid.
Why this doesn't make sense: I don't know Pederson personally but it seems kind of early for him. He's only six years removed from being an offensive quality control coach.
I would say this is a potential distraction but Reid has done a great job of eliminating distractions this season so the Chiefs will be fine. Check out the Bleeding Green Nation reaction to this news here.