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Doug Pederson 'leading candidate' for Philadelphia Eagles head coach job

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With just a few hours to go before NFL franchises can start contacting potential head coaching candidates for interviews, the Philadelphia Eagles appear to have identified the 'leading candidate' for their HC vacancy.

Top of the pile

As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, current Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is believed to be at the top of the pile when it comes to replacing the recently fired Chip Kelly.

Pederson, 47, will be a familiar name to many Eagles fans having played for the franchise in 1999, as well as having spent four years on their coaching staff in more recent years.


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The former quarterback was part of Andy Reid's staff between 2009-2012, working as the Eagles' offensive quality control coach from '00-'10 before taking on the quarterback coach role.

He has been a part of the Chiefs setup since 2013 and, although the Kansas City offense hasn't exactly pulled up trees in recent times, the NFC West franchise has put together an impressive run of late built upon the consistent play of Alex Smith.

With the Chiefs heading for the 2015 playoffs, Pederson will likely have to juggle preparations for the postseason with an interview in Philadelphia.

Other options

The job isn't his just yet, however. Whilst he may be Philly's 'leading candidate' there are several other names in the running.

The Eagles have already interviewed current running back coach Duce Staley and Chicago Bears OC Adam Gase is also thought to be high on their list of candidates.

Eagles fans: Who do you want to see as your new head coach? Have your say in the comments below...

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