The Chicago Bears contacted at least 12 general managers and nine coaching candidates for interviews. While they go through this process, we look at each potential employee.
Doug Pederson was interviewed for the coaching position on Wednesday.
<знак класса="hl_orange">Doug Pederson
Title: Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Pederson coached the Eagles for five 42–37–1 seasons, three playoff appearances and a Super Bowl win. Prior to that, he was the Canas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Eagles for three seasons. A former quarterback, Pederson started 17 games in ten years in the NFL with four teams, including the Green Bay Packers.
You must know
The Eagles fired Pederson a year ago after a 4-11-1 season, one of two losing seasons during his time in Philadelphia. The Eagles were in trouble in 2020 as quarterback Carson Wentz’s play waned. Pederson replaced Wentz with rookie Jalen Hurts in week 13. According to a detailed report by The Athletic, Pederson left Philadelphia after a disagreement with owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Connection with bears
Pederson rose through the ranks as Andy Reed’s assistant coach, as did former Bears coach Matt Nagy. During the summer, he visited the Bears’ training camp and met with Nagy and third quarterback Nick Fowles. Pederson and Fowles have their own statue in Philadelphia commemorating the Philly Special, Trey Burton’s touchdown pass to Fowles in Super Bowl LII.
What was said
Last month, Pederson gave an extensive interview to the New York Daily News as he prepared to weigh his next steps, and had this to say about quarterback development: “I’m definitely proud of the quarterback’s development. I had a great offensive coordinator in Frank Reich, who was a former NFL star in this league in that position, and I think it’s important that guys who play quarterback know the mindset and can teach the quarterback. Then you must understand the person you are coaching. Your system should match his strengths. As coaches, we have to adapt to this.”