Since 2012, Pederson’s last season in Philadelphia before joining the staff of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid in Kansas City, only five offensive players remain on the roster today –
“I liked Doug a lot when he was here,” said Kelce. “He connects with the players very well. He has a lot of those personality traits that makes him likable and good with players, and that’s besides the facts of what he knows on offense and all of the schematics.”
Over the past two seasons, Travis Kelce has caught 139 balls for 1,737 yards and 10 touchdowns, leading the Chiefs in all three categories during that span. The young tight end credits a large portion of his success to Pederson’s impressive offensive mind, noting also that the former quarterback is an incredibly approachable and thoughtful leader.
“In terms of offensive minds, I don’t know how much better they get,” the younger Kelce told reporters in Kansas City last week. “He understands what defensive coaches want to present, he understands strategy and things like that. For the most part, he’s a relatable guy, guys want to play for him. It’s hard to kind of describe that, his character makes it easy to be yourself and go out there and do the things you have to do.”
When the Eagles began their search for a new head coach, the team’s Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie noted that in addition to all the typical qualities one looks for in a head coach, the Eagles needed to hire someone with great emotional intelligence. In Doug Pederson, it’s clear that the Kelce brothers believe the Eagles have found someone with the complete package.