• Eagles appoint Pederson as head coach

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    NEW YORK: The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) confirmed the hiring of Doug Pederson as head coach following the sacking of Chip Kelly last month.

    Pederson, who arrives from the Kansas City Chiefs where he spent three seasons as offensive coordinator, will be embarking on his third stint with the Eagles.

    He served as quarterbacks coach in 2011-2012 and offensive quality control coach in 2009-2010. He played quarterback for the Eagles in the 1999 season.

    The 47-year-old will be unveiled at a press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

    “We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach,” Eagles chairman, CEO and owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement.

    “Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players.

    “All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”

    Kelly was fired by the Eagles on December 29 after three seasons with a mediocre 26-21 record. He has since been named as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

    AFP

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