Doug Pederson on Jalen Hurts: Plan was to use him when we could

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Coming into Monday night’s game, there was a lot of talk about the Eagles expanding the role of rookie quarterback Jalen Huts in hopes of getting their offense going.

It turned out to be nothing more than talk, however. Hurts played three snaps, one of which was a penalty, and threw one pass in the 23-17 loss to the Seahawks. After the game, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked if there was a change in plans that led to Hurts remaining in a limited role.

“Not necessarily,” Pederson said. “The plan was to use him when we could. The way the game started, we just didn’t have many opportunities, too many three and outs. I don’t think we got a first down until the second quarter. We just didn’t — we failed to execute. It just wasn’t in the cards, I guess, so to speak, early in the football game. But no more, no less than what we would use him each week.”

Pederson was then asked if using Hurts might have helped the team find some offensive rhythm. Pederson said it wouldn’t because the offense had “breakdowns across the board, and it doesn’t really matter who is back there.”

That reality is why the Eagles are 3-7-1 and facing weekly questions about fixing an offensive unit that looks like it may be beyond repair this season.

6 responses to “Doug Pederson on Jalen Hurts: Plan was to use him when we could

  1. One thing is for certain, using Hurts one play every couple of series is not working. If you put him in, put him in for a series.

    Doing what the Eagles are doing with Hurts is hurting Hurts’s development and not helping the team on the field. It’s the equivalent of killing time until you get fired and the next Coach has no idea what he has on offense.

    What is certain. is that outside of Miles Sanders, the Eagles coaching staff has failed to develop any draft picks on offense in the last 3 years. At some point you have to wonder if the coaching staff is to blame for some of the development issues.
    Dumpster fire.

  2. Is Pederson still considered a genius? Or is he now Adam Gase who pulled a SB out of his rear end 3 years ago?

  3. It was hilarious when Hurts came in and threw a dime on second down and then they put wentz in for 3rd down to promptly take a sack

  4. Absolutely 100% the latter.

    carloswlassiter says:
    Is Pederson still considered a genius? Or is he now Adam Gase who pulled a SB out of his rear end 3 years ago?

  5. After watching that game it became apparent that the players on offense are terrible. The offensive line, a strength on that Super Bowl team, is among the worst in the league. Their WRs are also terrible. I wonder if any QB could be successful on that team. But then I considered what Joe Burrow was able to accomplish with an equally poor team and it’s night and day. It’s not all on Carson but he definitely needs to be playing better. I think if Lurie is truly disgusted with this team the GM and coach need to be fired.

  6. I wonder if the next coach will use Hurts more after Pederson is fired? Because his seat is getting warmer by the day. That Super Bowl feels like it was a lifetime ago and they just seldom seem to play well in any facet.

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