Chiefs Hire Former Eagles QB Doug Pederson as Offensive Coordinator
Andy Reid may have been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, but he's not leaving without taking some assistants with him. According to NFL.com's Adam Caplan, the new Kansas City Chiefs head coach has hired Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson to be his new offensive coordinator:
As others have noted, Eagles QB Doug Pederson has joined the Chiefs. He's their OC, source confirmed.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 11, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 4:56 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
In addition to Pederson, the rest of the Chiefs' coaching staff has been finalized, as announced in a press release by the team's official website.
Here's an excerpt from the release, with a complete breakdown of the new coaches and their responsibilities:
Eric Bieniemy (Running Backs), Tommy Brasher (Defensive Line), Travis Crittenden (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), David Culley (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers), Mike Frazier (Statistical Analysis Coordinator), Corey Matthaei (Quality Control), Tom Melvin (Tight Ends), Matt Nagy (Quarterbacks), Britt Reid (Quality Control) and Barry Rubin (Head Strength and Conditioning).
New head coach Andy Reid also released a statement concerning these hires:
“I’m pleased we were able to get all of these coaches on board,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “I have relationships with each of them, and I know their past experiences, work ethics and coaching styles. These are high-character coaches, and each one brings something different to the table for us.”
It's a new era of Chiefs football, and these coaches will help usher it in over the next few seasons. They've certainly got they're work cut out for them after a 2-14 finish in 2012.
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Pederson, 44, has been on Reid's coaching staff since 2009, where he started as an offensive quality control coach. After a two-year stint in that position, Reid promoted him to quarterbacks coach before the 2011 season.
Now in Kansas City, Pederson will try to resurrect an offense that could use a Favre-like quarterback under center. The Chiefs' passing game in 2012 was led by Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel, who combined to give Kansas City the worst passing offense in the league yardage-wise.
Though it's unclear whether either man will return, it will be up to Pederson to vastly improve that attack. Equipped with the No. 1 pick in April's draft, it's possible that the Pederson and Reid decide to draft their quarterback of the future. Pederson did plenty of work with Eagles rookie Nick Foles this past season and could be intrigued by the opportunity to mold another young signal-caller.
Either way, it became clear in 2012 that Kansas City has a ton of work to do before becoming an elite offense. That task is now squarely in the hands of Pederson.
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