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Pederson back with Eagles as head coach

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are sort of going back to their glory days.

Doug Pederson, who helped groom Donovan McNabb for the starting quarterback job and a successful playoff run, was officially hired Monday as Philadelphia's coach.

Pederson was Kansas City's offensive coordinator under Andy Reid the past three seasons.

"Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said.

Pederson, who turns 48 on Jan. 31, accepted the offer last week, but the Eagles had to wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the playoffs before making it official. Kansas City lost Saturday at New England in an AFC division round game.

He started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 when Reid was a first-year coach and McNabb was a rookie. In 1993, Pederson was a third-string rookie who came off the bench to help the Dolphins beat the Eagles 19-14 for coach Don Shula's record-breaking 325th victory.

Pederson was an assistant with the Eagles in 2009-12 after a stint as a high school coach.

Close calls: The four division round playoff games were all settled by one score, the first time that has happened in a weekend since the 2003 season, also in the division round. Arizona won by six points in overtime Saturday and Denver, New England and Carolina each won by seven.

JPP surgery: Giants defensive end and former USF standout Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery on his mangled right hand, a procedure he hopes will let him use that hand more on the field. The soon-to-be free agent posted an Instagram photo of himself as he was being prepped for the surgery on his right middle finger. Pierre-Paul had his right index finger fully amputated and lost the tip of his right thumb in a fireworks accident on July 4.

Hard hitter: Panthers safety Roman Harper said his helmet was cracked from a collision with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in Sunday's playoff game. Harper posted a photo on Instagram showing a small crack in his helmet near the facemask.

Broncos: Defensive back and punt returner Omar Bolden is out for the season with a knee injury.

Colts: Former Florida quarterback Brian Schottenheimer was named quarterbacks coach.

Jaguars: Former Lions coach Jim Schwartz was interviewed for the defensive coordinator position, the Associated Press reported.

Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera said defensive end Jared Allen has a broken bone in his foot and is doubtful for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Cardinals. Rivera didn't specify which foot was injured.

Rams: The team began taking deposits for season tickets to its first season back in Los Angeles. The team reported heavy traffic on a website set up to take $100 refundable deposits for the chance to buy tickets when they become available. The Rams, who are moving back to Southern California after 21 seasons in St. Louis, said their first deposit came from former Lakers great and Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.

Titans: Former Redskins and Browns interim head coach Terry Robiskie, most recently receivers coach with the Falcons, was named offensive coordinator on Mike Mularkey's staff.

Pederson back with Eagles as head coach 01/18/16 [Last modified: Monday, January 18, 2016 9:45pm]
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