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PEDERSON REVERSES COMMITMENT TO GROH AND WALCH, PARTS WAYS WITH BOTH COACHES


Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson talks to reporters on Wednesday at NovaCare. Photo by Al Thompson

About 24 hours after telling reporters at a press conference at NovaCare that the jobs of offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch were safe, Head Coach Doug Pederson fired both assistant coaches.


Pederson who has led the Eagles two three playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in his first four seasons, issued this statement on the team's website.


"After much consideration and discussion, I have decided to make a change at the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach positions. It was not an easy decision for me to make and I appreciate everything that Mike Groh and Carson Walch contributed to the organization and to my staff. As I said yesterday, they were a big part of our success down the stretch this past season. This is one of the most difficult parts of the job and something that weighs on me, but ultimately I have to make decisions that I believe are in the best interest of the football team moving forward," Pederson said.


"I apologize for any confusion that I created during yesterday’s press conference, including my comments on Coach Schwartz, who has done a great job as our defensive coordinator. It was my intent not to comment on any of my staff during the ongoing evaluations, because I wanted to be able to go through the process and communicate any decision directly with the individuals. I did a poor job of explaining that the first time I was asked. I will continue to evaluate everything, and consider all possibilities to improve our football team."


No replacements have been named. *


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