As Bleeding Green Nation reports, a former NFL general manager, Mike Lombardi, does not have high praise for Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. The previous GM, now with The Ringer, revealed his thoughts on Pederson.
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As Lombardi revealed, he doesn’t believe Pederson is a true head coach, claiming “He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.” Perhaps Lombardi forgot about Chip Kelly, who botched the team so badly that ramifications are still felt. Furthermore, Lombardi posited that starting quarterback Carson Wentz is the only one capable of saving Pederson’s career. But Lombardi feels Wentz got worse as his rookie season progressed.
“[Doug Pederson] might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve seen in my 30-plus year NFL career” — Mike Lombardi
During the preseason, Wentz looked composed under defensive pressure. Granted, the regular season presents greater challenge than the preseason which doesn’t really matter.
Lombardi seems off base about his Pederson assessment. Sure, Pederson might not be a Hall of Fame caliber coach. However, in his first season with the Eagles, Pederson led the team to a season one game short of .500. Plus, the Eagles finished ninth in the league. That’s not terrific, but considering how Kelly’s reign of terror ripped apart the locker room, Pederson’s freshman season as head coach was one of rebuilding on the coaching staff and in the locker room.
Andy Reid’s Eagles legacy began with a 5-11 season when Reid took over as head coach in 1999. But Reid proceeded to take the Eagles to conference championship games in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, advancing as far as the Super Bowl in ’04. Pederson does have much to prove, and 2017 is poised as a major test of his coaching abilities. But give the guy a chance. While Reid’s first season in Philadelphia wasn’t spectacular, he became one of the best Philly coaches of all time, certainly an improvement over Ray Rhodes’ 3-13 1998 record.
Your turn: What are your thoughts on Doug Pederson? Do you side with Lombardi, or feel he’s unnecessarily harsh?