Should the Texans hire Doug Pederson as their new coach?

Mark Lane
·2 min read

It isn’t everyday a Super Bowl-winning coach comes available.

But that is where NFL teams with coaching vacancies find themselves as the Philadelphia Eagles fired Doug Pederson on Monday.

Despite the club staying committed to Pederson and simply letting defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz leave at the end of a 4-11-1 campaign, Philadelphia decided to move on form the coach that is responsible for their only Super Bowl win in franchise history.

When Pederson arrived in Philadelphia, the Eagles hadn’t won a playoff game since 2008, despite qualifying three times since. The Eagles were recovering from the Chip Kelly era, which was three seasons of RPO surrealism to follow up the last fumes of the Andy Reid era. The arrow was down in Philly, and the club finished 7-9 his first year with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. In 2017, facing numerous injuries, including to his starting quarterback, Pederson led the Eagles to a 13-3 finish and a Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, 41-33.

Pederson has proven he can lead a winning team, and he has the track record to keep a team focused despite the challenges and misfortunes that befall them throughout the season. After the Super Bowl victory, Philadelphia followed up with a wild-card playoff win in 2018 and an NFC East title in 2019. When the Eagles appeared to be done for the year in both cases, Pederson led them to rebound and cap off the season strong.

What could make Pederson a no-go is the Week 17 game against Washington at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday Night Football. With the game still well in play for the Eagles, despite trailing 17-14 with 12:35 to go, Pederson inserted Nate Sudfeld at quarterback, a former Washington 2016 sixth-round pick who has “backup” written all over him. Pederson claimed he wanted to give reps to Sudfeld to better evaluate their backup quarterback situation, despite having rookie second-rounder Jalen Hurts already answer that question over the past four weeks.

If the Texans want to go with a coach who has been to the summit and succeeded, they need to evaluate what Pederson can do for their franchise.