Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson

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Pederson at his first press conference in 2016.
Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-01-31) January 31, 1968
Place of birth: Bellingham, Washington
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Ferndale (WA)
College: Northeast Louisiana
Undrafted: 1992
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

As player

Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 522
Pass completions: 286
Percentage: 54.7
TD-INT: 12-19
Passing yards: 2,762
Passer rating: 62.3
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 5–7 (.417)
Coaching stats at PFR

Doug Irving Pederson (born January 31, 1968) is a former American football player who is the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He previously served as the offensive coordinator of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. During his playing career as a quarterback, he spent most of his career as a member of the Green Bay Packers, serving as a backup to Brett Favre, winning Super Bowl XXXI with the team over the New England Patriots. He was also a member of the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Playing career

Early years

Pederson attended Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Washington, and was an All-State selection in football, basketball, and baseball. Following high school he attended Northeast Louisiana University where he was quarterback from 1987 through 1990.[2] He still holds multiple passing records at the school.[3]


Pederson originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 1991[4] out of the Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.[5] For several years, Pederson bounced on and off of the Dolphins' roster, spending time on their practice squad before settling onto their roster in 1993. He also helped Don Shula win his NFL record 325th victory as a coach when starting quarterback Scott Mitchell went down with an injury in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 14, 1993.[6] In 1992, Pederson played for the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football.

Pederson returned to the World League in 1995, playing for the Rhein Fire. In 1995, Pederson was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Expansion Draft,[7] but he was released by the Panthers prior to training camp that year.[8] For the 1996-1998 seasons, Pederson was the Packers' backup quarterback.[5] In 1999 he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles to serve as a temporary starter until then-rookie Donovan McNabb was ready to start.[9] The next year Pederson filled the same role for the Cleveland Browns and their sophomore quarterback, Tim Couch. In 2001, Pederson again joined Green Bay, and he remained the backup quarterback there, up until his retirement after the 2004 NFL season.[5]

After the 2004 season, due to injury, Pederson retired from football.

Coaching career

High school

After his retirement, Pederson was hired as head football coach of Calvary Baptist Academy, a private, Christian high school in Shreveport, Louisiana.[10] Calvary was going into its second year as a program when Pederson signed on in March 2005.

Pederson was the head coach at Calvary for four years, and holds a 33-7 record in the regular season and an 8-3 record in the post-season. The Cavaliers were in the state playoffs all four years with Pederson as head coach. In 2007, he led the Cavaliers to the semi-finals and to their first District Title in 2007.


Philadelphia Eagles

On January 29, 2009, Pederson was hired as the offensive quality control coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.[11] On February 8, 2011, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach, replacing James Urban, who was promoted to assistant offensive coordinator.[12]

Kansas City Chiefs

On January 11, 2013, Pederson followed former Eagles head coach Andy Reid to serve as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.[13]

Return to Philadelphia

On January 18, 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had hired Pederson as their head coach, replacing Chip Kelly.[14] This is his first NFL head coaching job. In his first game as an NFL head coach, Pederson's Eagles beat the Cleveland Browns 29-10 at Lincoln Financial Field. And the next week, week 2 Pederson's Eagles beat the Chicago Bears 29-14 on Monday Night Football improving to 2-0.

On September 25, 2016 the Eagles faced Pennsylvania state rivals Pittsburgh Steelers. Philadelphia defeated the Steelers 34-3, making Pederson the first rookie head coach to win the first three games with a rookie quarterback in Carson Wentz. On October 9, 2016, Pederson suffered his first loss as a head coach, after the Eagles lost 24-23 to the Detroit Lions. The next week, the Eagles fell to 3-2, losing to the Washington Redskins 27-20. Following this loss he defeated the Minnesota Vikings 21-10 and then lost in overtime to the Dallas Cowboys 29-23.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
PHI2016 570.417TBD 0 0 .000 --


Doug Pederson and wife Jeannie Pederson, have three sons, Drew, Josh and Joel.


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  2. McCallister, Laura (January 11, 2013). "Andy Reid fills out coaching staff, including coordinators". KCTV-TV website. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  3. "ULM Football Records." 2008 ULM Warhawks Football Media Guide. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  4. "Transactions". The Dispatch. 1991-05-01. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
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  6. "Doug Pederson Profile". Pro Player Connect.
  7. "Draft ignores big names". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 1995-02-16. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  8. "Capers makes first big roster cuts". Star-News. 1995-05-24. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  9. Patton, Steve (1999-10-12). "For Pederson, a last-minute reprieve". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  10. Fedotin, Jeff (2006-08-25). "Using Lessons He Learned Backing Up Favre, Pederson Coaches High Schoolers". Green Bay Packers. Archived from the original on August 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  11. "Eagles bring back ex-QB Pederson". ESPN. Associated Press. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  12. "2011 Coaching Staff Complete". 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  13. "Chiefs hire Doug Pederson and Bob Sutton as Coordinators". 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-01-11.

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