The Philadelphia Eagles are the only team in the NFC East that isn’t in contention for the division title going into Week 17 of the NFL season. They blew that shot when they were trounced by the Dallas Cowboys, 37-17, on Sunday.
It’s made even worse by the fact the victor could take a playoff spot with seven wins, or even six depending on how things play out next week. Even so, Eagles coach Doug Pederson is “fully confident” he’ll return to lead the Eagles (4-10-1) next season.
“I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021,” Pederson said, via 94WIP SportsRadio. “The thing I'm most proud of this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I've been here and that's pretty good. We have won a championship here. We have gone through a season where a lot of our veteran guys are not playing due to injury. We are playing with a lot of young players.
“There is always going to be evaluation in the offseason and my job is evaluated as well. I fully expected to be the coach next season and I welcome the opportunity to get things right, get things fixed and take this team into next season.”
Pederson does have a solid résumé with the team. The Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017 and reached the NFC Divisional round in 2018. They’ve reached the playoffs the last three seasons, though they did it at 9-7. They went 7-9 in each of Pederson’s first two seasons in Philadelphia.
Eagles team owner Jeffery Lurie hasn’t definitely stood behind his coach for 2021 yet, so Pederson is still on the hot seat when the regular season closes on Sunday. It isn’t the only tough decision on the agenda. Quarterback Carson Wentz performed poorly and was benched for rookie Jalen Hurts earlier this month.
Philadelphia’s record is its worst since going 4-12 in 2012. That prompted the firing of Andy Reid.
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