Jaguars hire Doug Pederson as new head coach

Doug Pederson is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, picking up from the rubble of the Urban Meyer era.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson as their replacement for Urban Meyer, according to an official announcement by the team on Thursday evening (February 3).

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Doug Pederson joins the Jacksonville Jaguars

Pederson had a second interview with the Jaguars this week. And now, they’ve agreed to terms to make him the next head coach. He’ll be tasked with getting the organization back on track and developing Trevor Lawrence.

The Jaguars also conducted second interviews with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, whom sources said couldn’t agree to terms after he balked at working with controversial general manager Trent Baalke and withdrew from the search, along with former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who was hired by the Chicago Bears.

In a statement released by the team, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said, “Doug Pederson four years ago won a Super Bowl as head coach of a franchise in pursuit of its first world championship. I hope Doug can replicate that magic here in Jacksonville, but what is certain is his proven leadership and experience as a winning head coach in the National Football League.

“It’s exactly what our players deserve. Nothing less. Combine this with his acument on the offensive side of the ball, and you have why I am proud to name Doug Pederson the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I know our fans will warmly welcome Doug and his family to Duval and I personally look forward to having Doug as part of everything we envision for the team, downtown, and community in the years ahead.”

Looming changes in the front office?

Baalke remains in place, for now. Earlier this week, the Jaguars interviewed former Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman for a front office role.

The other day, PFN Insider Tony Pauline said that he heard it’s a position where Spielman would work with Baalke rather than replace the embattled general manager. Pauline reported that Spielman would be in the wings if the team eventually fires Baalke down the road.

It’s important to note that Spielman and Pederson are both represented by agent Bob Lamonte.

Pederson resurfaces after his stint with the Eagles

Pederson had a 42-37-1 record with the Eagles, winning one Super Bowl, two NFC East titles, and three consecutive playoff appearances.

However, Philly fired him after quarterback Carson Wentz struggled with injuries, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Furthermore, his play dipped, which led to a trade to the Indianapolis Colts.

Pederson didn’t coach this past season. Now, he’s back and takes over a franchise struggling both on and off the field.

Pederson must get the most from Trevor Lawrence

The Jaguars had an unusual coaching search but have former top overall pick Trevor Lawrence as their starting quarterback. Still, Pederson, a former backup quarterback with the Eagles, could give Lawrence a shot at reaching his full potential.

Pederson was previously the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator under Andy Reid before Philadelphia hired him.

In 2017, Pederson became one of four individuals to win a Super Bowl as a player and a coach. He joined a prestigious list of Mike Ditka, Tony Dungy, and Tom Flores.

Pederson has a .667 playoff record. Additionally, he interviewed for the New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, Vikings, and Denver Broncos’ jobs.

Aaron Wilson is the NFL Insider for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL.

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