In a prelude to what could be a tumultuous off-season in Philadelphia, the Eagles on Monday fired their coach, Doug Pederson, less than three years after he led the team to its first Super Bowl championship.
Pederson presided over playoff teams in three of the past four seasons, but the Eagles capsized in 2020, going 4-11-1 in a dreadful N.F.C. East as their franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, stagnated, and their offense lacked imagination and identity. The Eagles finished 26th in points and tied for 24th in yardage.
The capstone to the Eagles’ free fall came in Week 17, when Pederson created an uproar by replacing the rookie starter Jalen Hurts with Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter against Washington, which needed a victory to clinch the division title and led by 3 points at the time. The move confused, if not unsettled, players, who thought Hurts offered a better chance of winning and who also weren’t considering the effect of the outcome on the team’s draft positioning.
Pederson met with the team’s owner, Jeffrey Lurie, after the regular season ended, and again on Monday. In a statement, Lurie indicated that they did not share the same “collective vision” for revitalizing the franchise, a phrase that almost certainly refers to both his coaching staff and the organization’s future at quarterback.