One of the top questions that will need to be answered when the Eagles’ 2020 season finally comes to an end is whether-or-not Doug Pederson will be keeping his job as head coach.
Speaking Monday morning on SportsRadio 94WIP, Pederson made it clear he expects to be back — and sounded very confident that he would be.
"I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021. The thing I'm most proud of this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I've been here and that's pretty good. We have won a championship here. We have gone through a season where a lot of our veteran guys are not playing due to injury. We are playing with a lot of young players. There is always going to be evaluation in the offseason and my job is evaluated as well. I fully expected to be the coach next season and I welcome the opportunity to get things right, get things fixed and take this team into next season."
Pederson’s answer was certainly a strong one, and it is easy to understand why he would have such confidence. Although the 2020 season has not gone as planned, Pederson has lead the team to the playoffs each of the prior three seasons, winning a Super Bowl in 2017 and making the NFC Divisional Round in 2018.
What won’t help Pederson’s case is how sloppy the team looked in their latest loss, a 37-17 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys that ended their chances of making the playoffs this season. Penalties were one of the top reasons why they lost, something that reflects poorly on Pederson.
"Second half, things began to unravel. There were penalties in there. You try to keep establishing the run and you get set back by penalties, next thing you know you are in a third and long. We always talk about staying out of third and long.
Quite honestly, we are not there as a team to overcome the mistakes. We have some young guys that are playing and getting valuable experience and the mistakes keep piling up. Then the penalties keep piling up. We had 11 accepted penalties for over 100 yards. Those are yards you are giving up. Then not capitalizing in the plus side of the field, you should always come away with points."
The question owner Jeffrey Lurie will have to decide is whether he believes Pederson’s track record is good enough to warrant another chance — or if he believes the team is heading in the wrong direction and a change needs to be made.