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5 replacements for Doug Pederson as Eagles head coach

Fansided logo Fansided 12/1/2020 Mike Luciano
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Doug Pederson could very well end up fired if he keeps coaching like this.

In one of the most sudden, shocking collapses in recent memory, the Philadelphia Eagles went from a perennial playoff team to incapable of winning in the worst division in football, all the while watching quarterback Carson Wentz regress from a Pro Bowl-caliber player into someone who might get benched despite having five years left on his contract. Most of the blame for that falls on bewildered head coach Doug Pederson, who could be in line for a pink slip.

The Eagles could look to can Pederson, who will always hold a memorable place in Philly sports history given his Super Bowl victory, and replace him with one of these five candidates.

Look for one of these five qualified candidates to replace Doug Pederson as head coach

Duce Staley
AHC Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty of staff from the 2017 champions are still hanging around, and Staley, who is serving as both the running backs coach and assistant head coach, numbers among them. Staley, who has received several endorsements from his players despite not calling plays for the offense, helped a motley crew of backs form a lethal trio that served them well in the 2017-18 postseason. In recent years, his acumen has helped Miles Sanders become one of the game's most explosive running backs.

If Staley is able to rally the troops and shift the offense to a run-heavy style that features Sanders as the focal point of their attack, that could help Wentz, as he wouldn't have to play hero ball and force throws as he does frequently under Pederson.

Staley will assuredly get interested from other NFL teams during this head coaching hiring cycle, and losing him could mean that the Eagles would be without an ideal Pederson replacement. The Eagles have the potential to be a gold mine if they hire Staley and prevent a rival team from poaching him.

Next: No. 4
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Todd Bowles
DC Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Things didn't end well for Bowles in New York given his 14-34 record in his final three seasons, but Adam Gase's performance shows that it's difficult to win with the Jets, and Bowles was hampered by a few factors during his stint in New York. In addition to the fact his quarterbacks during his Jets stint were Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Sam Darnold, Bowles constantly cycled through offensive coordinators.

If Bowles gets another HC job and he ropes in a very qualified, schematically brilliant coordinator to handle the offense, the Eagles could be in a prime position to contend.

Bowles has revitalized a previously awful Tampa Bay defense. With the Kansas City game notwithstanding, Bowles has Tampa boasting an elite run defense and one of the most versatile young secondaries in the game. The Eagles have studs up front in Fletcher Cox and on the back end in Darius Slay, and Bowles could help that unit be even better than what Jim Schwartz has concocted this season. Bowles, who has experience coaching in Philadelphia, could prove his worth as a head coach with the Eagles provided he makes great hires around him on the staff.

Next: No. 3
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Brian Daboll
OC Buffalo Bills

When Josh Allen came into the league, he was hideously inaccurate and looked more like a tight end playing quarterback. In just a few seasons under Daboll, who has experience under Bill Belichick in New England and Nick Saban at Alabama, Allen has become a hyper-efficient quarterback that ranks among the league's most productive. The Eagles have holes on their roster, but this is not completely bereft of talent, and Wentz's hideous drop-off in quality is more detrimental to the Eagles than anything else. Daboll would be a major step in helping fix him.

Daboll likes to throw the ball 40 times a game, and that perceived inability to use a quality running back like Sanders effectively has been a valid criticism of Pederson this season. If Wentz's mechanical and cerebral issues aren't fixed, that could be problematic. However, Daboll has proven to be quite innovative and able to maximize the productivity of marginal players and stars alike on the offensive end, and his touch is exactly what the vanilla Eagles offense needs right now.

Next: No. 2
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Matt Campbell
HC Iowa State Cyclones

Eagles fans might be having Chip Kelly PTSD whenever a top college coach is mentioned as a potential head coach. However, the recent success of Matt Rhule and Kliff Kingsbury might have Eagles fans open to this idea, as Campbell's success at an Iowa State program that has no right to be anywhere near the Big 12's elite could get the NFL interested. While the Jets were interested in Campbell before their committed football seppuku and hired Adam Gase, Campbell might be tempted to leave this time around, as the Eagles could provide him with a much deeper roster.

Both at Toledo and Iowa State, Campbell has taken stagnant programs, injected his unique brand of offense into them, and helped them contend for conference titles. Far from just a quarterback whisperer, Campbell produced David Montgomery and has the nation's second-leading rusher in Breece Hall on his team right now, showing that he could bring a more balanced attack to Philadelphia.

The Eagles need to get Wentz sorted out, find more balance on offense, and rally this team to compete in a very winnable division, and Campbell could help them check all of those boxes when he arrives in Philly.

Next: No. 1
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Pete Carmichael
OC New Orleans Saints

Despite serving as Drew Brees' quality control coach, quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator for the last 19 seasons in both San Diego and New Orleans, Carmichael's name has rarely come up in head coach discussions, largely due to the assumption that Sean Payton is doing everything on offense for New Orleans. However, there's no question that Carmichael has a hand in designing New Orleans' ultra-efficient offense.

Carmichael has helped Brees go from a promising, efficient youngster to a passing yards record-breaker in the middle part of his career to a completion percentage record-breaker in his twilight. That ability to evolve proves he's the best man for the job of fixing Wentz and, thereby, the Eagles.

One of the marks against Pederson in Philadelphia was the fact he didn't call plays. Carmichael also hasn't called plays for the majority of his Saints career. However, for all of his faults, Pederson did beat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in a Super Bowl with Nick Foles, and he did so on the back of an expertly crafted game plan. Carmichael is one of the biggest reasons for Brees' success and ability to return to prominence after several setbacks, and that could help Wentz get back to his 2017 form while making the Eagles contenders for the next few seasons.


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