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Vikings Interviews Super Bowl Winners Head Coach: Report

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Minnesota Vikings President Mark Wilf told local media Monday that the team would be deliberate in their search for a new head coach and not worry about other teams attracting head coach candidates at the start of the off-season.

But that hasn’t stopped the Vikings from jumping on the interview train with many other teams this off-season, most recently a meeting with one of the NFL’s top candidates.

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Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports reported that former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson “plans to interview Bears and will end up doing interviews with the Vikings and Broncos. I’ve already met with Jacksonville. “

Pederson won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017, and that season Philadelphia sent a 14-3 Vikings team from the Minneapolis Miracle in the NFC championship game. The former NFL quarterback and offensive guru did so with a backup quarterback in Nick Foles after Carson Wentz suffered a cruciate ligament rupture during the regular season.

Pederson is arguably the most accomplished head coaching candidate this off-season given his pedigree. Pederson brought the Eagles to the playoffs three times in his five seasons in Philadelphia and finished as head coach with an overall record of 46-39-1.

Pederson played quarterback under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and eventually followed his former coach to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he served as offensive coordinator. After Reid started the 2015 season 1-5, Reid handed over the call-ups to Pederson and the Chiefs won their last 10 games, making him a candidate head coach in 2016.

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Pederson was fired last season after he was accused of throwing the Eagles’ season finale against Washington in an attempt to improve the team’s draft pick for the upcoming 2021 draft. Pederson pulled rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter for third-party singer Nate Sudfeld with the Eagles by just three points, resulting in a 20-14 defeat.

Some of his players even followed him during the game, including two defensive players who had to be restrained on the sideline, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Pederson was released a week later.

Despite the controversial move, Pederson is considered the “ultimate player-coach” while still bearing a fatherly responsibility for the building.

The Inquirer praised Pederson for his “emotional intelligence” during the 2018 Super Bowl honeymoon season. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie also reiterated Pederson’s emotional intelligence when he was hired in 2016.

Pederson is not perfect, however, and his handling of the team’s 2020 regular season finals was his final straw in Philadelphia.

“Since he was hired, Pederson has faced several tricky problems. He may not always do the right thing and the scale slips from player to player, ”wrote Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes. “But Pederson always acts with his heart.”

When Jason Peters and Derek Barnett missed a game against the New Orleans Saints for personal reasons. Although Pederson had lost 41 points in that game, he did not publicly make their absences and took on the loss.

“I think losing a football game is one thing, but life goes on outside of this building,” Pederson told the inquirer. “What you see in forest fires and shootings and what life is like – what our life looks like now puts things into perspective. So, yeah, we know we didn’t play well [in New Orleans]. But, you know what? We have players on this team whose lives are influenced by family members across the country who are going through life struggles.

“I know I’m kind of affected,” he added, “but it’s just a soccer game. We do everything to win the game, but life is much more important than winning a football game. “

In 2016, receiver Nelson Agholor addressed a lack of self-confidence that led Pederson, who once referred to himself as “the father of the house,” to put Agholor on the bench.

“He was fatherly and brotherly,” Agholor told the Inquirer, “just family-oriented. That’s all of his MO. He’s a family-oriented man. He definitely has the ability to sympathize with players who go through things. That is respected.”

Hayes added that Pederson’s ability to connect and empathize with his players in 2016 led to their success and that he didn’t lose those players here at the next Super Bowl run.

The Vikings organization, from Wilf to its players, promotes the same three qualities that they expect from their future coach: “a strong leader, a strong communicator and a strong employee”.

Pederson could fit the bill.

When Jason Peters and Derek Barnett missed a game against the New Orleans Saints for personal reasons. Although Pederson had lost 41 points in that game, he did not publicly make their absences and took on the loss.



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