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    The Jets seem destined to make a coaching change in the near future, with Adam Gase’s team floundering to an 0-11 record in his second season in New York. In Gase’s two seasons in New York, the Jets are 7-20.

    Gase’s days with the Jets appear to be numbered, even if the Jets decide not to make a change until the end of the season. And if CEO and acting owner Christopher Johnson does elect to go in a new direction, there are plenty of candidates for him to consider.

    There’s also another worth keeping an eye on: Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

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    Pederson’s status in Philadelphia is suddenly in question after the team fell to 3-7-1 with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. Even in the worst division in the NFL, the Eagles have managed to play their way out of a playoff spot at this point, with the lowly Giants and Washington Football Team overtaking them in the standings, despite 4-7 records for both teams.

    The combination of the team’s lack of success and quarterback Carson Wentz’s struggles could spell the end of Pederson’s run with the Eagles, despite the team’s Super Bowl win in the 2017 season.

    If the Eagles do decide a coaching change is needed, the Jets should be prepared to make Pederson one of their top candidates.

    Gase’s tenure in New York might make the idea of hiring of recently-fired coach seem like a bad idea. Gase was hired after he was let go by the Miami Dolphins following the 2018 season, and the Jets’ struggles didn’t change.

    But unlike Gase, Pederson has a track record of success as an NFL head coach. In five seasons in Philadelphia, Pederson is 41-33-1. On top of the Super Bowl victory, the Eagles went 9-7 during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Prior to 2020, Pederson’s offense finished in the top half of the league for three straight seasons.

    Instead of hiring a current NFL assistant or diving into the college coaching ranks, the Jets could pursue Pederson, a known NFL head coaching commodity with a track record of success.

    The one red flag Pederson could bring is the development of Wentz during their time in Philadelphia. Pederson had Wentz playing at a MVP-level in 2017 prior to an injury ending his season (Nick Foles led the team’s march to the Super Bowl). But since then, Wentz’s stock has plummeted, and his struggles have been a major reason behind the Eagles’ poor 2020 campaign.

    If the Jets fire Gase and go after a new coach this offseason, they’ll need someone capable of developing a quarterback, whether that be Sam Darnold or a player taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. Wentz’s early success is a positive sign, but his regression hurts Pederson’s case.

    But if Pederson and the Eagles do part ways in the coming weeks, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where a recent Super Bowl winner isn’t near the top of the list for every NFL team looking for a new coach. If Pederson does hit the market and the Jets are among the teams searching for a coach, they shouldn’t hesitate to reach out.

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