Doug Pederson's Wild Ride to His Dream Job | Eagles Addict

Hey Eagles fans, as you may know from time to time I like to give young aspiring writers who are die-hard Eagles fans…or perhaps, Eagles Addicts (pun intended), a platform to write about the team whom they’re most passionate about.

The following is a post written by Zach B.  He loves the Eagles and wants to try his hand at writing about them so you may start seeing more posts from him in the future.  Right now, he’s just testing the waters, so to speak…

Doug Pederson

Yep, this is Dougie P playing against the Eagles at the Vet for Don Shula’s 325th win. Photo: Palm Beach Post File

Doug Pederson’s Wild Ride to His Dream Job

By Zach B.

Doug Pederson has had a wild ride in his career in football. A native of Bellingham, Washington, he was All State in all sports he played: football, basketball, and baseball. Pederson went on to play college football at Northeast Louisiana, which is now Louisiana Monroe, from 1987 to 1990 and currently still holds multiple passing records at his alma mater.

Pederson signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1991 and as a matter of fact, he started for the Dolphins in place of the injured legendary quarterback Dan Marino.  This was also the game when former legendary head coach Don Shula coached for 325th win at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia against our Eagles.

Pederson began his next chapter in the NFL after his release by the Dolphins following the return of Marino.  He was able to get a workout with the Green Bay Packers, due to injuries to the backups behind Brett Favre.

In 1999, Pederson signed a $4.5 million contract and would earn his first official starting quarterback job with his former QB coach in Green Bay, Andy Reid, who was the new head coach in Philadelphia. eid, chose hiEagles head coach Andy Reid accepted the job who was Pederson’s quarterback’s coach in Green Bay.

In the 1999 NFL Draft the Eagles would select Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb and we all know how McNabb’s career ended up in Philly.  McNabb would replace Pederson in the middle of 1999 season and would go on to become legendary.

Pederson would finish his playing career with a second stint with the Green Bay Packers as a backup once again to Brett Favre. In 2004, Pederson stepped in for Favre but would end up suffering what turned out to be a career ending injury.

Pederson would start a new career in football as a head coach in his native Louisiana as the head coach at Calvery Baptist Academy in Shreveport.  He returned to the NFL as an assistant to be the offensive quality control coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2011 he moved up to quarterbacks coach and when there was a coaching change in 2012 after the firing of Andy Reid, he followed Reid to Kansas City where he would become his offensive coordinator for three seasons.

After the 2015 season when the Eagles made the decision to fire Chip Kelly after three seasons, Doug Pederson would become the head coach. I really think Philadelphia is where his heart is after paying his dues as a player and assistant football coach.


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