The Philadelphia Eagles have signed head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman to contract extensions. Both Pederson and Roseman are now under contract through the 2022 season.
“We are thrilled to solidify continuity in our organization’s leadership with the extensions of Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman, whose collaborative partnership helped deliver our city its first Super Bowl Championship,” said Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. “Doug and Howie are committed to the success of our franchise by ensuring that we remain competitive, both in the short and long term. That unified vision for the future of our team is what gives us the best chance to win moving forward.”
Together, Pederson and Roseman played vital roles in the Eagles’ historic 2017 campaign, which resulted in the first Super Bowl championship in team history. Philadelphia finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, which tied a franchise mark, captured the NFC East crown and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and defeated New England, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII.
Despite season-ending injuries to key players such as QB Carson Wentz, T Jason Peters, LB Jordan Hicks, RB Darren Sproles, S Chris Maragos and K Caleb Sturgis, Pederson overcame the odds to become the eighth head coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl within his first two seasons as a head coach, as well as the seventh head coach to win the Super Bowl in his first playoff run. Pederson also became just the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl title following a sub-.500 record the previous season, joining Bill Belichick (2001 New England Patriots), Dick Vermeil (1999 St. Louis Rams) and Bill Walsh (1981 San Francisco 49ers).
Under Pederson’s guidance, QB Nick Foles, who took over as the team’s starting quarterback in Week 15 of the regular season following Wentz’s injury, enjoyed an unprecedented postseason run that culminated with Super Bowl MVP honors. Foles, who became only the eighth backup quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl, recorded a 100-plus passer rating in all three of the Eagles’ playoff games and produced the highest completion percentage (72.6%) in NFL single-postseason history.
In the 2017 regular season, Philadelphia ranked first in the NFL in red-zone touchdown efficiency (65.5%) and point differential (+162, tied), third in points (457), third-down defense (32.2%) and fourth-down offense (65.4%), and fourth in takeaways (31) and turnover differential (+11).
Roseman was named 2017 Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America as well as 2017 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year by the league’s executives for his roster construction of the Super Bowl LII Champions. During the 2017 offseason, Roseman utilized free agency to add impactful veterans such as Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, WR Alshon Jeffery, DE Chris Long, RB LeGarrette Blount, CB Patrick Robinson and WR Torrey Smith, while also completing trades for CB Ronald Darby and DT Tim Jernigan. The Eagles later traded for RB Jay Ajayi just before the NFL trade deadline in October. Additionally, Roseman infused the roster with young talent during the 2017 NFL Draft, including key contributor DE Derek Barnett, who was selected with the 14th-overall pick.
During the 2016 offseason, Roseman was determined to acquire a franchise quarterback, and after executing two separate trades to move up to the second-overall pick, the Eagles selected QB Carson Wentz. In just his second season, Wentz was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, earned his first-career Pro Bowl nod and finished third in MVP voting after throwing a franchise-record 33 touchdowns and leading the team to an 11-2 record in games that he started.