PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday fired coach Doug Pederson, less than three years after he led them to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title.
Pederson was 42-37-1 in five seasons. He led the Eagles to two division titles and three playoff appearances before going 4-11-1 in 2020.
Pederson met with owner Jeffrey Lurie last week and again Monday.
“We are all very disappointed with the way our season went and eager to turn things around, not just for next season but also for the future of the franchise,” Lurie said.
Pederson’s loyalty to his coaching staff and frustration with the front office’s interference was a major issue, according to a source familiar with the decision. The source said Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman weren’t on the same page regarding many personnel moves.
Ultimately, Lurie chose Roseman over Pederson.
Pederson benched Carson Wentz for the final four games after the quarterback had the worst season of his career and started rookie Jalen Hurts. Pederson had said repeatedly he was confident he could get Wentz back on track. He won’t get that chance now.
Belichick won’t accept Medal of Freedom
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday night that he will not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”
The six-time Super Bowl winning coach did not say he had turned down the offer from President Donald Trump, instead explaining “the decision has been made not to move forward with the award” in the wake of last week’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol.
Cowboys hire Quinn
to direct defense
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with former Atlanta coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator, turning over a unit that was among the worst in franchise history to someone who built his reputation on defense in Seattle.
Quinn was already on the hot seat with the Falcons before an 0-5 start that included Atlanta becoming the first team in NFL history to lose back-to-back games after leading by at least 15 points in the fourth quarter. One of those losses was to the Cowboys.
Quinn, 50, replaces Mike Nolan, who lasted just one season as the most important hire for first-year coach Mike McCarthy. Dallas allowed a franchise-record 473 points (29.6 per game) and finished 31st in the NFL in run defense while going 6-10.
Charge against Vegas RB Jacobs is reduced
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs will not face any DUI charges stemming from his single-car crash in Las Vegas last week following the team’s season-ending victory, authorities said.
Jacobs was initially taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, but blood test results revealed his blood-alcohol level was below the 0.08% threshold needed to pursue drunken driving charges, Clark County prosecutor Eric Bauman said.
The Pro Bowl back will instead face a traffic violation charge of failure to exercise due care during a March 8 hearing, said Bauman and Jacobs’ attorneys, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff.
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