Doug Pederson just out-coached the greatest coach of all time.
Doug Pederson just out-coached Bill Belichick while leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
It’s amazing to look at Pederson’s story. A mere ten years ago he was coaching a high school football team in Louisiana. Calling plays for boys who were still worrying about getting into college and what they would be doing this weekend with their girlfriends. In 2008, Pederson left his high school head coaching job for a entry level position with the Philadelphia Eagles. Beginning as offensive quality control coordinator, Pederson spent countless hours breaking down film and doing whatever was asked of him within the organization. Pederson made his way up the ranks, eventually being named the quarterbacks coach in 2011, he further advanced his career by joining Kansas City as offensive coordinator in 2013. After spending two years in Kansas City, Pederson returned to Philadelphia. In his return he was crowned a masterful new title, Head Coach.
As head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Pederson has transformed the team into a family. It is clearly evident that the locker-room is behind the head coach and every decision he makes. After losing his first-round, MVP caliber quarterback, Pederson turned to Nick Foles and transformed Nick into a Super Bowl MVP.
In the Super Bowl, Pederson shined. Pederson’s offense pulled all its tricks out to top Bill Belichick on the biggest of stages. Pederson proved his genius with his superb play calling. It wasn’t just the play calling that was impressive but the ability of Pederson to adapt and modify the offense to match the skill set of his new starting quarterback, Nick Foles. As I watched the game progress I continually saw the magic of Pederson’s offense. Pederson did a masterful job of blending many college concepts into the NFL game, creating his own unique offensive scheme that outsmarted Belichick and the Patriots defense.
Pederson undoubtedly, in my eyes, deserved the Coach of the Year award. It still baffles me that he only received 1 out of 50 votes at the NFL Honors award show. But, his hard work was not unrewarded. Pederson will return to Philly a hero. Head Coach of a Championship team. Etched into Eagles history, Pederson will not soon be forgotten