Doug Pederson's surprise firing prompts tributes, rumors about next job on social media


Former Eagles coach Doug Pederson survived the NFL's so-called Black Monday -- only to be dismissed a week later.

Philadelphia made minor shock waves on Monday by dismissing Pederson, the head coach who guided the organization to its first Super Bowl title.

The move comes only about three years removed from the Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

The Eagles, for their part, took the high road, with owner Jeffrey Laurie reportedly saying he looked forward to the day Pederson takes his place in the franchise's hall of fame.

The move also comes only one week after Pederson turned heads by pulling starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second half of their NFC East-deciding regular-season finale in Week 17.

It was the final chapter in a season racked by disappointment for the Eagles -- and apparently it heralded changes to come in the offseason.

Pederson was yet to make an official statement early Monday afternoon but was reportedly "at peace" with the decision.

Football observers, journalists, players and fans took to social media to register their thoughts on Pederson's ouster after five years at the helm in Philly.

The split was the culmination of disagreements between Pederson and the front office going back at least a year, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pederson was previously on the hot seat after his rookie season in 2016, according to Brandon Gowton of the SB Nation Eagles blog Bleeding Green.

Super Bowl LII champions Chris Long and Zach Ertz were among the many former and current Eagles players who recognized Pederson for his place in Eagles history.

Long predicted Pederson won't be out of work for very well.

At least a couple of reporters speculated about Pederson winding up with the Jets. New York GM Joe Douglas previously worked with Pederson in the Eagles organization.

Many fans and reporters chose to remember the good times, and thanked Pederson for the ride.

Others took the humorous route.

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