Says the Inky’s Jeff McLane:

Doug Pederson didn’t want to fire Mike Groh and Carson Walch after last season ended.

The coach told Groh shortly after the Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs in January that he would return as offensive coordinator. Pederson stood in front of reporters a few days later and even said, “Both those guys will be back.”

But less than 24 hours later, the Eagles announced that Groh and Walch were fired and Pederson released a statement through the team apologizing for “any confusion” he created during the previous day’s bizarre news conference.

“It was my intent not to comment on any of my staff during the ongoing evaluations,” he said then, “because I wanted to be able to go through the process and communicate any decision directly with the individuals.”

And he became “irritated,” “frustrated,” “pissed off,” — descriptives used by sources to describe the coach — because he had already given Groh and Walch his word. But at some point over the next day, after meetings with owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman, “Doug suddenly became OK with firing both,” a source close to Pederson said.

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