The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Doug Pederson as their head coach on Thursday night, ending an extravagant and tortuous search that ended where it began more than a month ago.
Pederson, who led Philadelphia to a sole Super Bowl championship, was the first Jacksonville contender to be interviewed when he met owner Shad Khan and general manager Trent Baalke on December 30. He waited. more than a month to be called back. He had a second interview on Tuesday and took the job two days later.
“Doug Pederson four years ago won the Super Bowl as head coach of a franchise in pursuit of its first world championship,” Khan said in a statement. “I hope Doug can replicate that miracle in Jacksonville, but what is certain is his proven leadership and experience as the winning head coach in the National Football League.
“That is exactly what our players deserve. No more no less. ”
54-year-old Pederson takes over from Urban Meyer, who was fired after 13 games and countless missteps in what would go down as one of the worst coaching tenures in NFL history. He joins Baalke in a pairing that is sure to upset a section of fans.
Baalke’s continued role as GM caused some candidates to hesitate about the job and some former players to question the search for Khan. Rerun Fred Taylor, receiver Jimmy Smith, safe Donovin Darius, defender Uche Nwaneri and striker Josh Scobee expressed concern with the direction of the franchise.
Pederson eventually received the nod from former NFL coaches Jim Caldwell and Bill O’Brien, current/former coordinator Byron Leftwich, Nathaniel Hackett, Matt Eberflus, Todd Bowles, Kellen Moore, and Jaguars offensive coordinator/interim head coach Darrell Bevell. Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn declined an interview request, presumably because he didn’t want to work with Baalke.
Discussions with Leftwich broke down for similar reasons, according to a person familiar with the process. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because both sides want the details to be kept secret.
Former Las Vegas interim coach Rich Bisaccia and fired Denver coach Vic Fangio also interviewed and will likely be hired as coordinator.
Pederson led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl after the 2017 season and reached the knockout stages three times in five seasons. The Eagles won 4-11-1 in his final year.
Pederson is 51-34-1 in Philly, including 4-2 in post-season. Prior to that, he served three seasons (2013-15) as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator and reached the knockout stages twice.
In Jacksonville, he will be tasked with ending the team’s bad roads and making the most of quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The Jags have lost 35 of their last 41 games and have the highest 10 league losing seasons in the past 11 years. Lawrence, the No. 1 overall draft pick, ended his rookie campaign with 12 touchdown passes, a league-top 17 interceptions, five fumbles and passer rating (71.9. ) is second in the NFL, behind only Zach Wilson of the New York Jets.
Jacksonville ranked last in the league in scoring (14.9 points per game) and 27 yards (305.4 per game). The defense is slightly better, ranked 28th in points allowed (26.9) and 20th in yards (353.1).
Pederson seems to have been one of the safest options since the beginning of the Jacksonville search, especially after Meyer’s year-long mess, but Khan and Baalke appear to be leaning toward the offensive candidates. younger public to pair up with Lawrence.
Leftwich and Hackett are considered favorites. Leftwich had a second interview last week, a face-to-face meeting in Tampa. The parties continued to talk the next day, but there appeared to be hiccups, presumably due to Baalke’s role.
The Jaguars then scheduled a second interview with Hackett, but he took the Denver job before that could happen.
Jacksonville then restarted its search and doubled back to Pederson. He left the coaching post this season after Philadelphia sacked him on January 11, 2021. The Eagles are 26th in scoring (20.9 points per game) and 28th in passing (207.9 points). /match) in his final season.
Pederson inherits a roster that lacks talent, but he has the No. 1 pick in the draft in April and will have about $70 million in salary cap.
Finding harmony with Baalke will be key. Baalke’s last five NFL seasons ended with a change of coach.
His resume includes failed tenures with Urban Meyer (2021), Doug Marrone (2020), Chip Kelly (2016), Jim Tomsula (2015) and Jim Harbaugh (2014).
The 57-year-old Baalke remained in place after Khan fired Meyer in mid-December, a move that annoyed fans enough for them to stage a “clown” rally for the season finale against Indianapolis. Several hundred fans showed up in colorful wigs, oversized bows and red noses.
Khan remained committed to Baalke after the “clown came out” and again after several applicants expressed apprehension about working with him.
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