How could Jets bring Doug Pederson into New York market after Week 17 Eagles tank?

Pat Leonard, New York Daily News

Doug Pederson is a Super Bowl winning coach who will succeed at his next stop, but that doesn’t mean the Jets should hire him or that Pederson should want that job.

Pederson couldn’t be any less popular in the New York market after his Eagles tanked a Week 17 game to hand Washington the NFC East and eliminate the Giants.

He has a relationship with Jets GM Joe Douglas, but there are more factors to consider than just familiarity between the front office and head coach.

The Giants aren’t the Jets, but the lasting image of Pederson especially here in New York is of a coach who pulled his starting quarterback early in the fourth quarter of a close game, seemingly throwing any concern over the integrity of the game to the wind.

It is hard to believe that Pederson made a decision to throw a game on his own. That smelled like an organizational call with the head coach simply taking the public fall.

Giants coach Joe Judge spoke for many people when he ripped the Eagles’ tactics the next day, even as Judge said he did not blame Philly for the Giants’ inability to win more than six games.

“To disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I’m the head coach of the New York Giants,” Judge said.

Pederson, meanwhile, might also benefit more from coaching in a market that is less of a pressure-cooker than Philadelphia or New York.

Pederson grew increasingly confrontational and ornery with the local Philly media in the past year or two, and the New York market would provide no cover if Pederson’s Jets didn’t immediately show improvement, either.

For the Jets, at least interviewing Pederson makes sense, and obviously the opportunity to land a recent Super Bowl winning head coach is exciting.

But there is more to consider here than just the top of Pederson’s resume, and for the recently-fired Eagles coach, relocating himself and his family to North Jersey, where his name is synonymous in talk radio with possibly tanking a game, might not exactly make sense.

It’s not even a given Pederson will want to coach again right away next season.

A source close to Pederson told ESPN’a Sal Paolantonio that he is taking some time away from the game with his wife in Florida to discuss the future, including whether he wants to coach in 2021. He’s still owed two years at $6 million per year from the Eagles.


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