The outcome of the Packers-Eagles game could have a major influence on Doug Pederson’s fate.
The Eagles’ head coach will try fend off the 8-3 Packers this week to quell a three-game losing streak, preserve the team’s playoff hopes and potentially save his own job.
Sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that, “Pederson finds himself on the hot seat with his future in doubt.”
This report comes amid rumors that owner Jeffrey Lurie has been frustrated with the team’s performance to date and had stormed out of practices and even skipped a game “out of disgust.”
Pederson, 52, has served as the head coach of the Eagles since 2016 and has posted a solid 41-33-1 record. The team has earned two NFC East division titles, three total playoff berths and one Super Bowl over the past four seasons.
The Eagles (3-7-1) have floundered this year, however, entering Sunday in third place in the softest division in the NFL. Among Philadelphia’s numerous pain points have been their porous offensive line — which is allowing a NFL-worst 4.2 sacks per game — and struggling fifth-year quarterback Carson Wentz.
“There is no guarantee [Pederson] returns in 2021 despite his record,” Rapoport wrote on Sunday via NFL.com, “and the struggles of Wentz — and the lack of answers — would be part of that.”
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The 27-year-old Wentz, who signed a four-year, $128 million contract extension in 2019, is in the midst of his worst season to date. He has completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,541 yards, 16 touchdowns and a league-high 15 interceptions through 11 games.
Rapoport added that, “Pederson is on the hot seat but he is not alone,” and noted that a number of coaches’ jobs are in jeopardy heading into Week 13.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has faced significant criticism with the team losing four games decided by three points or fewer this season. The team currently has a 3-8 record and sits in last place in the AFC West despite rookie quarterback Justin Herbert’s emergence.
“It’s fair to say [Lynn’s] status is in doubt, as well,” Rapoport wrote.
Jets head coach Adam Gase and Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, whose teams have a combined 1-21 record, will likely face a reckoning at the end of the season.
Pederson would join Bill O’Brien, Dan Quinn and Matt Patricia as head coaches who have been let go midseason, which should make for an interesting coaching carousel this offseason.
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2020/12/06/doug-pederson-may-not-survive-this-eagles-disaster/ on .