Sources: Doug Pederson leading candidate for Eagles' coaching job

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Sunday, January 3, 2016
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2015 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, right, talk during NFL football training camp.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is expected to be a leading candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles' vacant head coaching position, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Pederson spent four seasons as an offensive assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012. Pederson then followed Reid to Kansas City, where he has been the Chiefs' offensive coordinator since 2013.

Pederson, 47, also spent 10 years as a quarterback in the NFL, including the 1999 season in Philadelphia.

The Eagles are seeking a replacement for Chip Kelly, who was fired Tuesday. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie acknowledged that he fired Kelly before the season ended in order to start the process of finding a new coach.

Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley, a teammate of Pederson's in Philadelphia and a favorite of Lurie's, already has interviewed for the job.

Lurie also said he hasn't ruled out offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who will serve as the Eagles' interim coach for Week 17 against the Giants, or any other members of the current staff as candidates.