Jaguars hire Doug Pederson as next head coach

54-year-old replaces Urban Meyer, led Eagles to Super Bowl
Doug Pederson
Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 23:52:41-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Doug Pederson as their head coach Thursday night.

The decision ends a wild and winding search that ended up where it started more than a month ago.

Pederson, who led Philadelphia to its lone Super Bowl title, was Jacksonville's first candidate interviewed when he met with owner Shad Khan and general manager Trent Baalke on Dec. 30. He waited more than month for a callback.

He got a second interview Tuesday and landed the job two days later.

The 54-year-old Pederson takes over for Urban Meyer, who was fired after 13 games and countless missteps in what will go down as one of the worst coaching tenures in NFL history.

Pederson led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl following the 2017 season and made the playoffs three times in five seasons. The Eagles went 4-11-1 in his final year.

Pederson was 51-34-1 in Philadelphia, including 4-2 in the postseason. Before that, he served three seasons (2013-15) as Kansas City's offensive coordinator and made the playoffs twice.