In just five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson went to the playoffs three times, won two NFC East titles, and won a Super Bowl in 2017. Even with the horrific regression of Carson Wentz and the decision to bench Jalen Hurts late against Washington when the game was still within reach, Pederson has the best resume any of the recent candidates the Jets have interviewed.
The last time the Jets hired a Super Bowl-winning coach, Bill Parcells helped bring the Jets one game shy of a Super Bowl, and brought the franchise back to respectability.
The first time — and only other time — the Jets hired a coach with an NFL title on his resume, Weeb Ewbank built a Super Bowl winner.
Neither Parcells or Ewbank were hotshot coordinators vying for jobs, they were championship winning coaches who had ran afoul of ownership and were looking for new gigs. In just four years after taking over a 2-14 Patriots laughingstock, Parcells took New England to Super Bowl XXXI in year 4 before losing the Super Bowl to Green Bay, 35-21. However, by that time, Parcells had enough of Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft’s interference. All Ewbank did was finish 7-7 just two years after winning despite winning back-to-back titles in 1958 and 1959 and fired by Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom after the 1962 season. Ironically, Rosenbloom hired Don Shukla to replace Ewbank, so imagine how sweet that Super Bowl III win must have been for Weeb.
Those Jets didn’t care that there was friction that led to those prior relationships going sour; logic told them that hiring established head coaches with winning resumes was the way to go.
When you add in the fact that Jets GM Joe Douglas and Pederson have worked well together before; Douglas was the Eagles VP of player personnel when they won the Super Bowl, it seems like a slam dunk.
The Jets may be reluctant to hire a coach who has just been fired, too. They did that two years ago with Adam Gase and the fan reaction was extremely negative. The Jets should not get caught up in the perception of this hire, but they might after the experience of the last two years with how unpopular Gase was.
I’m not sure how you can even put Gase and Pederson in the same sentence, but if the Jets are ever going to get themselves out of this mess, they should hire a guy who knows how to win.
That man is Doug Pederson.