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Pederson Has Been Top Target for Eagles
Thursday, Jan. 14
Prior to the hiring, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Pederson was the top candidate for the Eagles job.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer added former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's withdrawal from consideration left Pederson, Eagles interim head coach Pat Shurmur and running backs coach Duce Staley as the only remaining candidates.
On Jan. 10, McLane passed along confirmation from the Eagles that Pederson interviewed for the head coaching position Sunday.
Coughlin Withdrew from Eagles Hunt
Thursday, Jan. 14
Schefter reported Coughlin withdrew from the Eagles job hunt because it wasn't "the right fit." Earlier in the day, Schefter, citing sources, reported the Eagles had "turned their attention" toward Coughlin after the Giants promoted offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to fill their head coaching vacancy. However, Schefter noted "there are issues for [the] two sides to work through."
Eagles Were Previously Interested in Hiring McAdoo
Wednesday, Jan. 13
The Eagles were "ready" to hire McAdoo before he accepted the Giants' head coaching job Wednesday, according to McLane.
Eagles Reportedly Reached Out to Sumlin
Saturday, Jan. 9
Rapoport reported the Eagles reached out to Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin at the beginning of their search, but he wanted to continue coaching at the collegiate level for now.
Gruden Was Intrigued by Eagles
Thursday, Jan. 7
Former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden was interested in the Eagles' head coaching position, according to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, who added it may be Philadelphia that had reservations about a potential partnership:
The source said that while [Eagles owner Jeff] Lurie likes and respects Gruden, who was the Eagles' offensive coordinator in 1997-98, he has reservations about the ESPN Monday Night Football analyst's ability/willingness to play nice with [vice president of football operations Howie] Roseman, who has returned to a seat of personnel power now that Chip Kelly is gone.
Gruden has told people that working with Roseman wouldn't be a problem. But Kelly said the same thing when he was hired in 2013, and look how that turned out.
Gase Met with Eagles Prior to Taking Dolphins Job
Wednesday, Jan. 6
Bowen reported on Dec. 30 that Gase was on the Eagles' radar after successful stints working with Jay Cutler in Chicago and Peyton Manning in Denver. However, Gase interviewed for and accepted the head coaching position with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
Shurmur Interviewed with Eagles
Sunday, Jan. 3
Schefter passed along info from colleague Chris Mortensen that the Eagles would interview Shurmur on Jan. 4.
Staley Was Candidate for Eagles Job
Saturday, Jan. 2
The Eagles announced they interviewed Staley for the head coaching job on Jan. 2.
Bowen speculated the interview "sounds like Rooney Rule due diligence."
Roster Kelly Built Creates Uphill Climb for Pederson
The Eagles' search began after they announced Kelly had been let go on Dec. 29.
Kelly tried to remold the roster to fit his vision for the future, but it didn't work.
The team took a step back after two straight 10-6 seasons with a 6-9 mark heading into the regular-season finale. There's likely a retooling process ahead as the Eagles attempt to replace the likes of Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, something they couldn't do successfully this year.
Pederson fills a high-profile position in a division that's seemingly always up for grabs. Yet it may take a few seasons to get the team back on track, and ownership doesn't appear to have much patience since it let Kelly go so quickly after a pair of winning seasons.