Doug Pederson’s book comes out tomorrow.
It’s called “Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion,” written with Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report and The Athletic.
Excerpts from the book are floating around on the web, and Peter King, who used to write the Monday Morning Quarterback column at Sports Illustrated, shared some passages in his new PFT column titled “Football Morning in America.”
One bit of the book stuck out to me. Pederson, in my time with him, comes across as a totally normal guy. He remembers precisely where he came from, and doesn’t think his job today is any more important to his players than his job was coaching high school football a decade ago in Louisiana. But he remembers slights—and one in particular. The week before the 2017 season, Mike Lombardi, a long-time NFL front-office man who was working for The Ringer, wrote about Pederson: “Everybody knows Doug Pederson isn’t a head coach. He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen.”
That got a ton of attention last year when Pederson was on the road to winning the Super Bowl. Pederson, in the book, says Lombardi wrote him a letter during the playoffs last season. “It was written on a typewriter, and was about three paragraphs long,” Pederson writes. “The letter said, ‘The first rule of any informed opinion is to never began with the end in mind. And I violated that rule. For that, I extend my sincere apology.’ I was appreciative, and at least it showed he was man enough to admit he was wrong.”
Then this: “After the Super Bowl, the possibility of writing this book came up. One of the interested companies thought Lombardi would be a great co-author and submitted an offer. I said, respectfully, ‘No thanks.’ “
Not sure who works at one of those “interested companies” but yeah, it’s probably not the best idea to suggest Mike Lombardi as a co-author for the Doug Pederson book.