The Chicago Bears contacted at least 10 general manager candidates and nine coach candidates for interviews. While they are being interviewed, we look at each potential employee.
Coach Doug Pederson, who interviewed the Bears on Wednesday, is the first in line, the source said.
Title: Former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles
Experience: Pederson coached the Eagles for five seasons, 42-37-1, three playoffs and a Super Bowl win. Prior to that, he served as the Canas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and Eagles quarterback coach for three seasons. A former quarterback, Pederson started 17 games in ten years in the NFL with four teams, including the Green Bay Packers.
You must know: The Eagles fired Pederson a year ago after a 4-11-1 season, one of two losing seasons during his time in Philadelphia. In 2020, the Eagles were in trouble as quarterback Carson Wentz’s performance began to wane. Pederson replaced Wentz with rookie Jalen Hurts in week 13. Pederson left Philadelphia after a disagreement with owner Jeffrey Lurie, according to a detailed report from The Athletic.
Relationship with bears: Pederson has risen through the ranks as assistant coach to Andy Reed, as has former Bears coach Matt Nagy. In the summer, he attended the Bears’ training camp and faced Nagy and third quarterback Nick Foles. Pederson and Foles have their own statue in Philadelphia dedicated to the “Philly Special” – the transfer of the landing from Trey Burton to Foles in Super Bowl LII.
What was said: Pederson gave an extensive interview with the New York Daily News last month, preparing to weigh his next steps, and said this about the development of the quarterback: “I am definitely proud of the development of the quarterback. I had a great offensive coordinator in the person of Frank Reich, who was the former NFL star in this league in this position, and I think it’s important that the guys who played in the quarterback position knew the mindset and could teach the quarterback. Then you have to understand the person you are training. Your system must match his strengths. As coaches, we have to adapt to this. ”