According to reports, the Seahawks have been involved in talks with former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson to be Seattle’s new offensive coordinator. This isn’t too much of a surprise as Pederson has been talked about as having a chance to replace the fired Brian Schottenheimer since Seattle terminated Schottenheimer. But would Pederson be a good hire?
And beyond the question of whether Pederson can help fix a Seahawks offense that basically stunk the last third of the 2020 season is how long he would stay in Seattle should he be successful. It does no good to any offense to change offensive coordinators often. Cohesion is important to an offensive line and in a direction of an offense as a whole.
But Pederson has proven to be a good offensive mind. True, the Eagles were not good offensively in 2020, nor were they great in 2019, but they were so hamstrung by injuries that it is impossible to really attribute the feelings of the unit on coaching. That, and quarterback Carson Wentz just isn’t the same quarterback as he was just two years ago.
Concerns if the Seahawks hire Doug Pederson
Of course, that could be a concern. Maybe Pederson simply didn’t know how to help Wentz more with his obviously digressing confidence. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson appeared to be struggling with his own confidence over the last half of the season. If Pederson were hired, could he help Wilson? The answer is probably because Wilson is a better player than Wentz.
The most important thing about Pederson’s offenses with the Eagles where he was head coach from 2016 through 2020, was how well they ran the ball. Except for 2018 when seemingly every Eagles running back was injured, Philadelphia was never worse than 11th-best in rushing yards in the NFL. Seattle likely wants to get back to running the ball more and Pederson is good at getting his teams to do this effectively and would be a good hire.