Eagles to hire former Calvary boss Doug Pederson as HC

The only thing standing in the way is Kansas City, who will have to finish their freakin' season before it can become official.

The assistant thought to be hired already is Ken Flajole, who was set to become defensive coordinator at the University of Texas-El Paso when the school announced Thursday that he had accepted a position with the Eagles, who have not confirmed the hiring. They'll play at New England next Saturday.

Maybe the players will play differently for Pederson.

Instead, owner Jeffrey Lurie and his staff went for someone quite familiar to the organization.

Tom Coughlin interviewed for the job, but it didn't seem the 69-year-old two-time Super Bowl champion would fit in here.

As the Eagles brought in each candidate for the head-coaching search that ended Thursday, a clear theme began to materialize: Philadelphia wanted a head coach whose career was rooted in improving quarterback play. It's no surprise, then, that Lurie would turn to Reid's first lieutenant while shifting gears from the failed Kelly regime. Pederson followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013 and was promoted to offensive coordinator. The Chiefs haven't ranked higher than 21st under Pederson, but he has been credited with helping quarterback Alex Smith's steady improvement in Kansas City.

They are: special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, running backs coach Duce Staley, both of whom were the first two interviewed for the head coaching job, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, and defensive backs coach Cory Undlin. Kelly was a hot commodity at the time, but there was a lot of risk and unknown tied in with the potential to make second guessing during this coaching hire a certainty. Kansas City made it into the playoffs as a wild card team this year, barely missing out on an AFC West crown.

As I said, I can't judge whether Pederson will be the next Dick Vermeil or the next Rich Kotite.

Reid is in charge of the Chiefs offense and calls the plays.

"He's the man", Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. However, it wasn't long before a possible explanation emerged, one that posited that the Bucs were more afraid of losing Koetter, their offensive coordinator, to another team with a head-coaching vacancy. "I think it's good for them". He understands defenses, what they present. Why hire a guy who you've always beaten so easily?

"You've got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance", he said after he dismissed Kelly. Pederson, a former Eagles quarterback, is the Chiefs' offensive coordinator. He had 10 winning seasons, including seven years with double-digit wins, and led his teams to the playoffs nine times, going 12-7.

Even the Cleveland Browns found a coach before the Eagles did.

Those were his only National Football League starts.

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