Sources, and they know who they are even if we don’t, have confirmed that Doug Pederson will be the Eagles’ next head coach.
Cue up the violins and crash the cymbals.
Pederson, Kansas City’s offensive coordinator, can’t be hired until the Chiefs are out of the playoffs. They are the hottest team in the league and play at New England this weekend.
Pederson’s hiring should elicit mostly yawns and worse from cynics.
He was a pedestrian NFL quarterback who played for the Eagles and also was their quarterbacks coach. His mentor is Andy Reid.
But he just may be a poor man’s Andy Reid, who calls most of the plays in KC.
Pederson has a low profile around the league and no other team interviewed him for a head coaching job. He has never coached under anyone but Reid in the NFL.
Not exactly a pedigree you need sunglasses to read.
But after the Chip Kelly debacle in Philly, the Eagles obviously covet stability and familiarity. In Pederson they are hoping to push a reset button to when Reid was running an operation smoother than silk.
Meanwhile, Kelly is the new head coach of the 49ers.
There are three elements that bear watching with Kelly in San Francisco:
How will he interact with general manager Trent Baalke, a personnel hard-liner who notoriously clashed with Jim Harbaugh before the latter was deep-sixed? Kelly, if you recall, insisted on total personnel control in Philly.
What does this mean for the future of Colin Kaepernick, who is recovering from left shoulder, right thumb and left knee surgeries? Kaepernick, whose skill set fits Kelly’s offense, was thought to be done with the Niners. His $11.9 million salary for 2016 becomes fully guaranteed for injury on April 1.
Has Kelly learned anything from his mistakes in Philly, most notoriously his refusal to adjust his schemes to fit personnel and to audible, not to mention being a total asshole within the organization?
As the world turns, we undoubtedly will get some answers to the questions now trailing Pederson and Kelly like a timber wolf.