Ped­er­son has Re­ich’s vote for Coach of the Year

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA » There is no short­age of coach-of-the-year can­di­dates in this, an­other up­side down NFL sea­son.

There are 11 teams with six or more vic­to­ries, the Ea­gles lead­ing the way with an 8-1 mark. Seven of those teams didn’t make the play­offs last year, the list com­posed of the Birds, Rams (7-2), Vik­ings (7-2), Saints (7-2), Pan­thers (7-3), Jaguars (6-3) and Ti­tans (6-3).

That makes for a lot of wor­thy can­di­dates.

Frank Re­ich ob­vi­ously is bi­ased. But he makes a solid case for Philly head coach Doug Ped­er­son, who he “ab­so­lutely” feels has earned his place at the ta­ble.

“We’ll see at the end of the year but cer­tainly at this point, look at the record of our team,” Re­ich said. “Look at the job that Doug has done in ev­ery facet from be­ing the play caller, to be­ing the pri­mary leader on our team. You can’t say enough about it. I just think that speaks to the qual­ity of his work and the qual­ity of who he is as a per­son. He de­serves

MICHAEL PEREZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Ea­gles head coach Doug Ped­er­son smiles dur­ing warmups be­fore the game against the Den­ver Bron­cos.

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