Doug Pederson insists he has control of his staff


Doug Pederson told Angelo Cataldi, when asked about control of his coaching staff during an interview on Friday morning, said, "I have a bunch of conversations, but ultimately it's my decision."

These comments come one day after the Eagles announced they are parting ways with offensive coordinator Mike Groh and WR coach Carson Walch, and two days after Pederson said during a press conference that they will return. Pederson apologized for any confusion in a statement on Thursday, and then again on Friday's 94WIP Morning Show.

Eagles insider Jeff McLane reported that owner Jeffrey Lurie had decided in December he did not want either coach, Groh or Walch, back, essentially making the ultimate decision to fire those guys. Back in December, Chris Mortensen reported that the Eagles are expected to make "significant" coaching staff changes "barring a playoff run," which aligns with McLane's report.

Doug Pederson insisted that Lurie and Roseman did not influence his decision to part ways with Groh and Walch.

"At the time of the press conference (on Wednesday morning) I was still in the evaluation process," he said. "I do have a lot of conversations in the building. And part of my evaluation, me personally, is with our owner Mr. Lurie. I think it's important he and I continue to stay on the same page, along with Howie. We do have some tough conversations. I think in my stand point it's very beneficial to me, personally, and it helps me lead the football team. But by no means was there any influence there. Ultimately, it's my decision there through the whole evaluation process. I have a bunch of conversations, but ultimately it's my decision."

Pederson says he will have complete control over picking his new offensive coordinator.

"Ultimately," Pederson continued, "I have to feel comfortable with these gentleman on my staff."

Pederson was asked about RB coach Duce Staley potentially becoming the new OC, "Everything is on the table, everything is open and he could be part of that conversation."

Pederson also added if defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz does not get the Cleveland Browns head coaching job he is "definitely my defensive coordinator moving forward."