Chiefs’ Doug Pederson says interview with Eagles ‘went great’

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson recently interviewed for the vacant head coach position with the Philadelphia Eagles.

And Pederson appeared pleased with the results.

“Gosh, it went great,” Pederson said. “It was a great opportunity to see (Eagles executive vice president of football operations) Howie (Roseman) again and Mr. (Eagles owner) Jeffrey Lurie and the chance to talk with them and sit down with them. I have a lot of respect for the organization and what they’re doing there.”

The 47-year-old Pederson is very familiar with the Eagles organization.

He spent time as a quarterback with the Eagles in 1999 under then-coach Andy Reid. He was also a member of the Eagles coaching staff as an offensive quality control coach (2009-10) and quarterbacks coach (2011-12) before following Reid to Kansas City in 2013.

Pederson said the last he heard was the Eagles are now in the process of going through the interviewed candidates and will make a decision.

While it remains to be seen if the Eagles hire Pederson, who won’t be available while the Chiefs are alive in the playoffs, he believes the time spent with Reid will help if he ultimately lands a head coaching position.

“The things I’ve learned from Coach Reid, wherever, if it’s in my future to become a head coach,” Pederson said, “then there’s a lot of great examples of him leading a team and an organization that I can use in my future as well.”

The Chiefs offensive coordinator said he has not been scheduled for a second interview as of now.

But he also wanted to focus on the task at hand, namely Saturday’s divisional round of the playoffs.

“It’s an honor, obviously, to be in the running with something like that,” Pederson said. “But I was also sitting there towards the end of the interview going ‘I’ve got the New England Patriots to look at.’ So it was a lot easier to come back and start game planning.”


Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.