By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Eagles players are sounding off after head coach Doug Pederson was surprisingly fired Monday after five seasons. Pederson was let go three seasons after leading the Birds to their only Super Bowl championship.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who is also not expected back with the franchise, tweeted, “Love you coach.”

Defensive end Brandon Graham told Philadelphia Inquirer’s Les Bowen he was surprised Pederson was let go.

“I guess the meeting didn’t go well,” Graham told Bowen, referring to Monday’s meeting between Pederson and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Graham told Bowen that Pederson “will always be remembered here” and hopes assistant coach Duce Staley gets a chance to become the head coach.

Safety Rodney McLeod called Pederson a “great coach.”

“Wishing my man Dougie P nothing but the best in the next phase of his life. Great coach who never blinked during our toughest moments over the past 5 seasons. Most importantly made history in Philly!! First HC to win it! SB 52 Champs. Best of luck,” McLeod tweeted.

Former Eagle Chris Long, who was part of the 2017 championship team, says he appreciated Pederson.

“I appreciate Doug Pederson. We worked hard & he never flinched. His energy + attitude was a big part of 2017. Hoping the champ gets back on his feet quickly. I suspect he will,” Long tweeted.

The Eagles were 42-37-1 in the regular season under Pederson’s reign and 4-2 in the playoffs.

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