Doug Pederson Named Eagles Head Coach: Twitter Reacts to Philadelphia's Hire

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 21:  Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Chiefs 20-12. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles aren't afraid to hitch their wagons to another first-year NFL head coach, replacing Chip Kelly with Doug Pederson on Thursday.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News first reported Pederson's hiring, and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Pederson will officially take over once the Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he's the offensive coordinator, are eliminated from the playoffs.

ESPN's Field Yates noticed a trend with whom teams have targeted this offseason to be their head coach:

NFL Network's Albert Breer highlighted Pederson's previous connection with the Eagles; he played with the team for one season in 1999:   

Pederson isn't alone in the distinction either, which Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network noted:

Sporting News' David Steele believes bringing in the 47-year-old is a return to what made the Eagles so great under head coach Andy Reid:

NFL Network's Rich Eisen thought the hiring was a bit odd in one regard, though:

To a certain extent, hiring Pederson is an admission that firing Reid might not have been the best decision for the Eagles. While the two aren't the same coaches, Pederson will undoubtedly frame his game plan around what he learned from Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City.

ESPN's Kevin Negandhi drew attention to one key area that separates the two:

After the way Kelly's time with the team ended, some Eagles fans might have wanted to see a more established name come in. Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was mentioned as a possibility before he removed himself from consideration, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Andrew Porter of isn't so sure firing Kelly was the right decision:

Having Kelly replace Reid was a major gamble, and it backfired in a big way. Now Philadelphia is taking a leap of faith with Pederson—albeit slightly less so than with Kelly. Unlike Kelly, Pederson brings some continuity from the Reid era after working with the Eagles from 2009 to 2012. At least one player is happy to have him back, per Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia:

Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe provided the parameters fans will likely judge Pederson by when his tenure in the City of Brotherly Love begins:'s Bill Barnwell is already making a case for Pederson's dismissal:

Not only will Pederson have to compete with the heightened expectations of the Eagles fanbase, but he'll also have to work with a team largely built by his predecessor. Kelly wasn't shy about crafting the team in his image, most notably letting receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson walk and signing cornerback Byron Maxwell and running back DeMarco Murray.

It's not as if the Eagles are a moribund franchise, though. They fired Kelly after going 26-21 in three years, a stretch that included a trip to the playoffs in 2013. And before that, Philadelphia was a fixture in the postseason, making it there in nine of Reid's 14 years.

Still, Pederson will have large shoes to fill as he hopes to match both the longevity and success his mentor had with the Eagles.