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Coaching Carousel 2016: Philadelphia Eagles

A detailed look at the impact of Chip Kelly's departure and the hiring of Doug Pederson.

Back In Your Arms Again

When Andy Reid was hired in 1999 to coach teh Philadelphia Eagles, his first order of business was drafting Donovan McNabb #2 overall. Reid and McNabb ended up putting together arguably the Eagles' best run in franchise history, culminating in four consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game. What many might not remember though is that McNabb didn't start until the Eagles' 10th game that season. The starter for the first 10 games was a journeyman named Doug Pederson. Pederson didn't play that well (52.4% completion rate, 1,276 yards, 7 touchdowns, 9 interceptions) and moved on to Cleveland in 2000, but that season would forever change Pederson's life. That connection with Andy Reid (which started when Pederson was a backup in Green Bay and Reid was the quarterbacks coach) would lead to Pederson becoming an assistant under Reid and eventually gaining the role of Offensive Coordinator in Kansas City.

17 years later Pederson returns to Philadelphia as the Eagles head coach, replacing the man -- Chip Kelly -- who replaced the man who Pederson has learned from for 20+ years. Pederson hired Frank Reich as offensive coordinator; a position he held in San Diego for two seasons.