January 14, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Eagles hiring Doug Pederson as new head coach
The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their head coach. He replaces Chip Kelly, who was fired and is now the San Francisco 49ers' head coach. Pederson can't be announced until after the Chiefs' season is over. The Chiefs play the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round. "We have concluded our search for a head coach," the Eagles said. "No further interviews are scheduled." The team can't officially announce Pederson as their next coach until after the Chiefs' season is over. Kansas City travels to New England to face the Patriots on Saturday afternoon in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Pederson, 47, interviewed on Sunday in Kansas City.
He played one season for the Eagles as a quarterback.
The Eagles hired Pederson after Tom Coughlin withdrew his name for consideration.
He's been the Chiefs' offensive coordinator for three years, but isn't the main play-caller.
"It was a great opportunity for him to visit with a great organization, a phenomenal organization," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Friday. "And I think it was an honor for him to have that opportunity. Whatever happens happens. That’s not my business, but I’m happy he had that opportunity to speak with them."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.