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Official: Pederson hired as head coach


JACKSONVILLE – Doug Pederson is officially the Jaguars' head coach.

Pederson, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII following the 2017 season as that franchise's head coach, has been named the Jaguars' head coach. The team announced the move Thursday night, filling the position that had been vacant since December 16.

Pederson became the seventh "permanent" head coach in franchise history.

"Doug Pederson four years ago won a Super Bowl as head coach of a franchise in pursuit of its first world championship," Jaguars Owner Shad Khan said in a statement. " I hope Doug can replicate that magic here in Jacksonville, but what is certain is his proven leadership and experience as a winning head coach in the National Football League.

"It's exactly what our players deserve. Nothing less. Combine this with his acumen on the offensive side of the ball, and you have why I am proud to name Doug Pederson the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I know our fans will warmly welcome Doug and his family to Duval and I personally look forward to having Doug as part of everything we envision for the team, downtown and community in the years ahead."

Pederson, 54, coached the Eagles to a 42-37-1 regular season record as head coach from 2016-2020 – and he was 46-39-1 there including postseason. The Eagles made the playoffs from 2017-2019 and won the NFC East in 2017 and 2019. They won the Super Bowl in Pederson's second season with the franchise.

Pederson spent 2013-2015 as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator and was the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach from 2011-2012. He was a quality control coach for the Eagles from 2009-2010.

Pederson was named the Maxwell Club Coach of the Year for the 2017 season.

Pederson, who played collegiately at Louisiana-Monroe, spent 13 playing quarterback in the NFL. He originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as a collegiate free agent, then spent time with the Dolphins (1992-1994), the Carolina Panthers (1995), the Dolphins (1995), the Green Bay Packers (1995-1998), the Eagles (1999), the Cleveland Browns (2000) and the Packers (2000-2004).

Pederson completed 286 of 522 passes for 2,762 yards and 12 touchdowns with 19 touchdowns in the NFL.

Pederson succeeds as Urban Meyer as the Jaguars' head coach. Meyer coached 13 games in his lone season this past season, with Darrell Bevell serving as interim head coach in the final four games. Previous Jaguars head coaches: Tom Coughlin (1995-2002), Jack Del Rio (2003-2011), Mike Mularkey (2012), Gus Bradley (2013-2016) and Doug Marrone (2017-2020).

Pederson is one of four people to win a Super Bowl as a player and head coach, having played for the Packers' Super Bowl championship team following the 1996 season. Others who have done so: Tony Dungy, Tom Flores and Mike Ditka.

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