Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Pederson Emerges As Possible OC Option For Chiefs


Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will address the media for the first time since his hiring this afternoon but meanwhile, the names of possible candidates to fill out Reid’s staff are beginning to emerge.

Reid has a large football family tree so a number of names with Reid connections have been floated already, including former Browns coach Pat Shurmur and former Browns GM Tom Heckert.

Well, now we’ve got another one.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Eagles QB coach Doug Pederson could be in line to take over for Brian Daboll as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.

So what’s Andy Reid thinking about his staff in Philadelphia? I’m hearing he’s leaning toward bypassing Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator and naming his Eagles quarterback coach, Doug Pederson, as coordinator. Had he not been kept as Carolina head coach, Ron Rivera would have been in play with Monte Kiffin for defensive coordinator …

Pederson is a former QB. He played in the NFL after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins. He spent time with the Panthers, as a backup with the Packers, Eagles and Browns before finishing his career as a backup back in Green Bay. He had short starting stints in Cleveland and Philly when Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb went down to injury. He retired in 2004.

Pederson went on to coach a high school team for four years before being hired by Andy Reid and the Eagles to be their offensive quality control coach in 2009. He was then promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2011.

Pederson has risen quickly, which could indicate that Reid has a tremendous amount of faith in him. Having spent time in Reid’s offensive system, both as a player and a coach should be useful but his lack of experience calling plays at an NFL level is disconcerting. I am all for young coaches getting a shot but I think I’d rather have a play caller with a more proven track record helping to resurrect the Chiefs’ offense, especially if that offense is going to be led by a rookie passer.

Next Chiefs Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep12:00Tennessee TitansBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Andy Reid Doug Pederson Kansas City Chiefs

  • Chris

    I don’t think they would use someone who doesn’t have experience calling plays. It would be another reach like using the o line coach at def coordinator.

  • Alan Milnes

    He won’t be calling the plays – that’ll be Andy Reid!

  • clownose

    I just hate how they give jobs to buddies regardless if they have the experience for it or not. Don’t you think we should get someone proven to show fans they are serious about changes?

  • Chief Hokie

    Offensive quality control for two years and qb coach for another two years? And this guy thinks he’s ready to be an OC?! Wow.

  • Michael Shaw

    Who? This guy played in the NFL? I don’t remember ever seeing him.

    • AforME

      behind favre his entire career basically

    • Paul Kelly

      He started for the Eagles in Reids first year, until McNabb was ready to start. He knows Reids offence better than anyone, including Marty Morningwig, whom you should be happy Reid did not bring.

  • Jim Harper

    Wow! So many rips on Reid. Can’t you guys let things play out before you become such experts. Trust that Reid knows what he is doing? At least wait for a guy to fail before you tar and feather him.

  • AforME

    this guy is qualified and ready for the move up , but id rather they hire someone else, put him as the QB coach, then when that someone else leaves for a different job, at that point, they can promote pederson.

  • tm1946

    I cannot imagine anyone thinking there is a coach in the NFL who can match the skill of Daboll, in the same catagory of Pioli at a GM

  • KCMikeG

    I say if we are looking for experience let’s get his dear friend, offensive guru and emotional inspiration Dick Vermeil!

  • DonTheTruth4u

    Not ready to take
    on the huge challenge as an offensive coach that can promptly develop a
    prolific scoring machine. Pederson is not in my opinion a great or good
    candidate for OC. However, he may or may not possess the needed skills by our
    team to develop a QB into a Megastar talent. I still believe in Tim Tebow and
    we need a coach that can get Tim to abandon ALL weaknesses. Tim being left
    handed is not considered a weakness to me because one of the greatest lefties
    ever was Steve Young and he also ran when necessary. Given the right instruction
    and add the accepted fact that of Tebow’s known legendary dedication, prolific
    leadership ability and work ethic could create a huge surprise and recipe for a
    huge need filled. Tim Tebow has been a superstar at all levels he has played and
    is a proven college Megastar QB against many talent evaluator suggestions, which
    has happened MANY times in the past. I am not knowledgeable enough of Pederson’s
    credentials in player development (ie: QB) to accept him as a guy who can
    perform this daunting but rewarding task.