Doug Pederson confirms that he wants to be an NFL head coach again

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As the Eagles transition towards a small-scale rebuild under Nick Sirianni, their former head coach is eying a return to the sidelines in the near future.

During a morning sitdown with Anthony Gargano of 97.5 The Fanatic via Chris Franklin of NJ.com, Pederson confirmed that he definitely wants a return to coaching.

“The competitor inside wants to continue to compete,” Pederson said. “Hopefully, I get an opportunity to lead another football team and do the same things again and learn from the last five years. What a great teaching moment for me. I always talk about how we learn from failures and different things like that. I don’t want to say that this was a failure, but at the same time, I want to learn from the last five years moving forward in my next opportunity.”

Pederson delivered the first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, so the talk of failure is just a competitor judging himself too harshly.

With the former quarterback and head coach looking for another shot, here are five potential 2022 landing spots.

Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is interviewed during Veteran Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Nagy has been on the hot seat for a year now, and the draw of potentially coaching Justin Fields is too big to pass on.

Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The scenario is more about Aaron Rodger and Pederson’s history with the organization. It’s a long shot, but certainly a dream job.

Vic Fangio is a solid coach, but the NFL is about winning and the Broncos have high expectations despite not figuring out the quarterback position.

Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy reacts to a pass interference penalty in favor of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas is loaded and anything less than a division title and return to the playoffs could spell doom for the former Packers head coach.

Add in the suspense of Pederson and Sirianni meeting twice a year, this scenario would make for blockbuster TV.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 13: Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles greets head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings after the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-20.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Coaches run their course with a franchise and Zimmer is approaching year seven with the Vikings. Zimmer is signed through the 2023 season, but making the playoffs, has to be the minimum expectation.

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