Eagles set to hire Pederson as coach
PHILADELPHIA — Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the Philadelphia Eagles' offer to become their coach, a person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the Eagles have not officially announced the hiring. Pederson can't be officially hired as long as the Chiefs are in the playoffs. Kansas City plays at New England on Saturday.
Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2009. Pederson followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013.
Philadelphia also interviewed Adam Gase, who was hired by Miami; Ben McAdoo, who was hired by the New York Giants; Tom Coughlin; and two of the Eagles' assistant coaches during the 2015 season under Chip Kelly: Pat Shurmur and Duce Staley.
Kelly was fired after the 15th game of this season, when the Eagles were 6-9. They went 10-6 in each of his first two seasons in charge, making the playoffs in 2013.
Kelly was hired as San Francisco 49ers coach earlier Thursday.
Pederson, 47, was the fifth candidate to interview for the Eagles job. He met with the team in Kansas City last Sunday morning after the Chiefs beat Houston 30-0 to advance to the second round.
Pederson played 10 NFL seasons almost exclusively as a backup quarterback. He was with Miami, Green Bay, Philadelphia and Cleveland. He made nine starts for Philly in 1999, going 2-7. The following year with Cleveland, he went 1-7 as a starter.
Those were his only NFL starts.
He has been credited with helping Alex Smith's steady improvement in Kansas City.