NFL WORLD CHAMPION HEAD COACH
We talk with 2018 NFL Superbowl Champion and Coach of the
Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson. Doug discusses his success and how
humility plays into being a true champion on the field and in life.
Doug Pederson was named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on January 18, 2016, following a three-year run as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-15.
In just his second season as an NFL head coach, Pederson led the Eagles to a 13-3 regular-season record, an NFC East title, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and the first Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
As a first-year head coach with the Eagles in 2016, Pederson helped develop rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, the No. 2-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and prepared the first-year signal caller to start the regular-season opener vs. the Cleveland Browns.
Under Pederson’s direction, Wentz went on to set a team and all-time NFL rookie record with 379 completions, while posting franchise rookie records in pass attempts (607), passing yards (3,782), passing touchdowns (16) and completion percentage (62.4%). Wentz also produced the 4th-most passing yards (3,782) in single-season team history and NFL rookie history. Wentz started all 16 games in his rookie season, becoming the first Eagles quarterback to start all 16 regular-season games since Donovan McNabb in 2008.
Prior to arriving in Philadelphia, Pederson served as the offensive coordinator in Kansas City from 2013-15 and helped guide the Chiefs to a 31-17 regular-season record.
During his time in Kansas City, the Chiefs excelled at protecting the football and committed the third-fewest turnovers (50) in the NFL from 2013-15. Over that span, Kansas City’s +29 turnover differential ranked third in the league.
During Pederson’s first season as an NFL coach (2009), the Eagles offense recorded the fifth-most passing yards in team history (4,089), which at the time ranked second in club annals.
A 12-year NFL veteran, Pederson played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns after originally being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 expansion draft. Pederson was coached by three of the most successful coaches in NFL history: Don Shula, Mike Holmgren and Andy Reid. Additionally, Pederson played alongside Pro Bowl quarterbacks Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Donovan McNabb and Jim McMahon.
Pederson served as a backup quarterback for Green Bay from 1995-98 and 2001-04, and was part of Packer teams that won Super Bowl XXXI, two NFC Championships (1996 and 1997) and six division titles. Pederson made eight starts for the Browns in 2000 and logged 1,047 yards and two touchdowns on 117 completions. In 1999, Pederson made nine starts for the Eagles, completing 119 passes for 1,276 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Bellingham, WA, native (born January 31, 1968) earned three letters each in football, baseball and basketball at Ferndale (WA) H.S., where he was an all-league selection at quarterback, safety and kicker and finished his high school career with 1,880 yards and 19 TDs on 106-of-250 passing.
Pederson and his wife, Jeannie, have three sons: Drew, Josh and Joel. Jeannie played basketball at Louisiana College.
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