According to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Doug Pedersen is considering taking a year off from coaching.
The 52-year-old Pedersen was fired on Monday, who has not yet been officially linked to any of the other six head coaching openings around the league, although it is widely considered the Jets – along with general manager Joe Douglas – will follow them
“(Head coaching) may be intrigue by one of the inaugurations but, as the source said, it’s been a loose year for Pedersen,” Fowler tweeted.
Pedersen recalled 10 days of training camp after contracting with COVID and talked last month about how tough the year was to limit face-to-face contact with his players.
The Eagles went 4-7–1 in Pederson’s fifth season this year, and ended his Eagles career with a 42–37–1 record.
Pederson has coached in the NFL since 2005 and since 2009. He played from 1991 to 2004, so he was involved in the sport at some level for 30 years. More so if you are going to make a career in your college sports in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
It is not uncommon for coaches to have a year to recharge. The daily grind is ending, especially for coaches whose teams are often in the playoffs, which extend the season in January – and in Pedersen’s case, in February of 2017.
Some coaches take more than a year. Dick Vermil took a 14-year leave between leaving the Eagles after the 1982 season and taking over the Rams in 1997. John Gruden took a nine-year leave between coaching the Buccaneers and Raiders. Current Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy shut down last year after being fired by the Packers.
The last four Eagles head coaches are immediately hired by the NFL team as a head coach.
The last Eagles head coach who did not get head coaching immediately after leaving the Eagles was Buddy Ryan, who was fired after the 1990 season and took a two-year leave before becoming the Oilers’ defensive coordinator in 1993. Eventually he became the head coach. Card’s in 1994.