How is the Doug Pederson hire being viewed around the country?

Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before playing against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (Patrick Smith, 2020 Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars ended a near 50-day coaching search late Thursday night when they hired Doug Pederson.

He replaces disgraced coach Urban Meyer, who was fired in the early morning hours of Dec. 16 after a series of blunders and a miserable product on the field.

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The Jaguars ended a near 50-day coaching search late Thursday night when they hired Doug Pederson.

So, how has the hiring of Pederson been viewed in the media? Pederson led the Eagles to a 41-33 win in Super Bowl 52 over the Patriots, the defining moment of his five-year coaching career. He was fired after a 4-11-1 season in 2020 and didn’t coach last year.

The grades have started coming in. A sampling of what’s being said about Jacksonville’s hire of the Super Bowl-winning coach.

Dan Graziano, ESPN: A

Pederson brings experience, which matters. He made the playoffs in three of his five years in Philadelphia and won the Super Bowl in the third — with a backup quarterback leading the way after his starter got injured in December. Read more of what Graziano had to say about the hire.

Jeremy Fowler, ESPN: A-

As far as stability goes, Pederson is an easy call. I now expect a better [Trevor] Lawrence in Year 2, along with more offensive pieces around him. Read more of what Fowler had to say about the hire.

Walter Football: D

“This is not the first time the Jaguars have acquired recycled materials from Philadelphia. They signed Nick Foles a few seasons ago, only to have that blow up in their face. This acquisition won’t be as bad because it won’t carry any financial implications, but it won’t allow Jacksonville to suddenly become a winning team either.” Read more of what Walter Football had to say about the hire.

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About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.