Do you remember when Doug Pederson outcoached Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl and Pederson’s Eagles dropped 41 points on the Patriots? That was three years ago but feels like 10. Since then, the Eagles digressed every season going from the Super Bowl for the 2017 season, to losing in the Divisional Round in 2018 to losing in the Wild Card round (to D.K. Metcalf and the Seahawks, no less) in 2019 to completely missing the playoffs this year.
Pederson’s offense in Philadelphia finished 26th in points this season but the offense was also hindered by lots of injuries to receivers and a quarterback in Carson Wentz who was struggling with confidence. But this also might be concerning for Seattle.
Surely it appeared that Russell Wilson was also dealing with some confidence issues in the last half of 2020. If Pederson is a great offensive mind then he would have helped Wentz a lot more, right? Is there any guarantee that Pederson makes Russell Wilson better?
Pederson does have a history of a lot of success in the NFL, however. Besides the last couple of seasons, the Eagles were good under him. And before he went to the Eagles Pederson was the offensive coordinator under Andy Reid in Kansas City and Pederson completely turned around the Chiefs offense in 2015 before becoming the head coach in Philadephia.
Plus, Doug Pederson is from Washington and went to high school in Ferndale so coming back to the state he grew up in seems almost too obvious.