Former Eagles HC Doug Pederson is taking this season off from football after parting ways with Philadelphia. However, he said recently he is still hoping to land another head coaching opportunity in the future.
“The competitor inside wants to continue to compete,” Pederson said in a radio interview via Chris Franklin. “Hopefully, I get an opportunity to lead another football team and do the same things again and learn from the last five years—what a great teaching moment for me.
“I always talk about how we learn from failures and different things like that. I don’t want to say that this was a failure, but at the same time, I want to learn from the last five years moving forward in my next opportunity.”
He added the desire to win another Super Bowl after winning the first one in Eagles franchise history plays a big role in his desire to come back and be a head coach again.
“I’ll be defined in Philadelphia for my wins and losses,” Pederson said. “Obviously, the championship is huge. But for me, I feel like if I get another opportunity, I want to do it again. I went to two Super Bowls as a player in Green Bay, and then obviously now being a coach in Philadelphia, and so three Super Bowls, and when it gets in your system like that, it’s just hard to turn that off.”
Pederson was expected to be a hot head-coaching candidate once the Eagles fired him. But he got a late start in the process and the only reported interest was from the Seahawks for their offensive coordinator vacancy.
Pederson could follow the path of Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy who took a year off to recharge and refocus before becoming an in-demand option in the following coaching cycle.
Pederson, 52, began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles as a quality control coach in 2009. He worked his way up to QB coach before following Andy Reid to Kansas City and becoming the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2013.
The Eagles hired Pederson as head coach in 2016. They later signed him to an extension through 2022 heading into the 2018 season, only to fire him after 2020.
Since taking the Eagles’ head coach job in 2016, Pederson has led the team to a record of 42-37-1 (53.1 percent) over the course of five seasons. This includes a Super Bowl championship in 2017.
We’ll have more on Pederson as the news is available.