-- PHILADELPHIA -- Doug Pederson was officially announced as the new coach of the Eagles on Monday.
Pederson, 47, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He replaces Chip Kelly, who was fired Dec. 29, five days before the Eagles' final regular-season game.
"We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in a statement. "Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players. All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal."
Pederson, Kansas City's offensive coordinator, traveled back from Massachusetts with the team then arrived in Philadelphia around noon Monday.
Pederson played quarterback for the Eagles in 1999. He was brought in by then-coach Andy Reid, who had also coached Pederson in Green Bay, to start until first-round pick Donovan McNabb was ready to play. Pederson started nine games with a 2-7 record. He was released after the 1999 season.
He is the first former Eagles player to become head coach of the team since former offensive and defensive lineman Marion Campbell was the Eagles' coach for three seasons (1983-85) between Dick Vermeil and Buddy Ryan.
Pederson had been on Reid's Kansas City staff as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Before that, he was a quality control coach and quarterbacks coach for four seasons on Reid's staff with the Eagles.