Yes, The Eagles Should Have Fired Doug Pederson Over Tanking

Yes, The Eagles Should Have Fired Doug Pederson Over Tanking


There’s little shame in losing a game out on the field. Quitting entirely, however, is another story altogether.

The controversy about the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss to the Washington Team-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named last Sunday night reverberated again this week. On Monday, the team announced it had fired head coach Doug Pederson — the man who won the club’s first, and so far only, Super Bowl just three years ago.

Team owner Jeffrey Lurie claimed Pederson’s relationship with highly paid quarterback Carson Wentz, which had deteriorated this season, played little role in the coaching move. Lurie instead cited confusion about the team’s future direction amid a vast array of coaches and consultants. But as shocking as it might seem to replace a coach so soon after winning a championship, the events of last Sunday night ultimately justified the move to this Eagles fan.

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Last week, Pederson benched Jalen Hurts, the game’s starting quarterback, in favor of a third-stringer who had not taken a

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