JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Congratulations, coach! Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson is one of three finalists for the 2022 AP Coach of the Year.
In Pederson’s first year as the Jaguars’ head coach, he led quite a turnaround for a team that finished with the worst record in the NFL in 2020 and 2021. Here’s a list of his accomplishments:
- Finished the regular season with a 9-8 record.
- Led the team to its first AFC South title in 5 years.
- A playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card round.
- An appearance in an AFC Divisional Playoff that culminated with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
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Also among the finalists for the honor are New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Daboll led the New York Giants to a 9-7-1 record in his first season as head coach. Shanahan led the San Francisco 49ers to a 13-4 mark, including 5-0 down the stretch with third-string rookie quarterback Brock Purdy.
This continues a string of recognition for Pederson this week, as he has also been named the AFC Coach of the Year by the 101 Awards.
The winner of the AP Coach of the Year award will be announced during the NFL Honors awards on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.