Doug Pederson: Eagles didn’t draft Jalen Hurts to undermine Carson Wentz

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Things ended badly for the 2020 Eagles.

That much is clear after the club finished 4-11-1, fired head coach Doug Pederson, and traded away quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts.

Pederson recently made it clear in a radio appearance that he would like to coach again. But in a separate interview, he detailed what he saw going wrong with Philadelphia last season after the club drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round.

“You go into drafts and you go into each year looking for quarterbacks,” Pederson said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And we continued to look for quarterbacks, and that’s always something that will never change. We won a Super Bowl with our backup quarterback. And we’ve had to play with our backups a couple of times in Philadelphia. So we did that a year ago and brought in Jalen Hurts — not to undermine Carson Wentz, not to do anything to take away his job or anything because Carson was our starter. He was the franchise and all that moving forward. But [we wanted] someone that could come in and could be the backup and learn how to play the NFL game — bring his talent to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“And really as the season began, things just started to kind of I guess spiral out of control. Injuries began to set in. We weren’t playing very well. Turnovers offensively, just a number of things, penalties, more injuries compounded problems, and it just became harder and harder as the year wore on. No one person is to blame for any of what happened last year. And it’s just unfortunate for me because I was hoping to really have an opportunity to fix the issues that we had and kind of get everything back on track — whether it be this year or the next year. And, obviously, that didn’t happen. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the ifs, ands, and buts. I just focus on the future and look forward to that.”

Pederson led the Eagles to victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII and added that if he gets an opportunity to be a head coach again, he’ll take those positive experiences with him.

“I look back on my time and there are a lot of positives I take from it,” Pederson said. “But I’m not going to dwell too much on the past.”

15 responses to “Doug Pederson: Eagles didn’t draft Jalen Hurts to undermine Carson Wentz

  1. Well, yeah…this is the thing that the Wentz apologists have failed to realize: Hurts wasn’t drafted to undermine Wentz. Wentz let it undermine him.

    When the Eagles drafted Hurts, they had just come off of three seasons that their franchise QB didn’t finish.

    The Eagles had just come off a year when they had to rely on McCown to get it done in the playoffs. They couldn’t have that again.

    So, going into the next offseason the franchise had to think about what’s best for the franchise. That means everyone in the organization, including the franchise QB, even though his potential replacement was just drafted. Wentz would’ve done well to embrace it, run Pederson’s offense, and mentor Hurts.

    Obviously, something else happened instead.

  2. Howie pulled the rug out from everyone. He underminded everyone. Whatever the case, you don’t draft a backup qb in the 2nd Rd. Why not just get Winston for 3 mil?

  3. You don’t draft a backup QB in the 2nd? The patriots drafted 3 3rd round and 1 2nd round QB to backup Brady. Colin Kaepernick, Jimmy G, Kevin Kolb, Brock Osweiler, Brian Brohm and Marques Tuiasosopo were all 2nd round QBs brought in to back up established veterans. If a guy you think is good is there in the 2nd, you take him.

  4. The point many miss and nobody in the Eagles org admits was that they took Hurts to prevent Dallas behind them from grabbing him as their cheap Dak replacement. That was pretty obvious.

  5. What the ex-coach is really saying is — if you’ve got a soft starting QB be wary of challenging him. That and — I wish mgt had dumped the soft QB on Indy while I was still employed.

  6. Wentz got hurt every year. His 1 and only playoff game he gets hurt in the 1st quarter and all the confidence was gone when McCown trotted out to replace him. You gotta protect your franchise. That’s how it is in the business. Loyalty doesn’t exist when you struggle to stay healthy.

  7. You don’t draft a QB in the second round when you finished the prior season with guys like Greg Ward and Deontay Burnett starting at WR.

  8. While the Eagles didn’t intend for Hurts to undermine Wentz, they should have known that it would. At least when they went after Foles this off season he realized that having him backing up Hurts was not what the organization or Hurts needed…

  9. We get it. You want another head coaching job so you’re gonna kiss the behind of your former employer so you look like a good company man to whoever might consider you. These ex coaches are 99% of the time terrible interviews.

  10. Whatever the thinking was in drafting Hurts in the second round it looks really smart right now. I like his chances of being better, and more dependable, than Wertz….who we traded up twice to draft with the second overall pick.

  11. Here is the deal. Wentz should have handled it better but after tearing his ACL and MCL and playing with a broken back, and subsequently leading his team to the playoffs with practice squad receivers, his team needed to put some talent on the field that could help him immediately. No wonder he was pissed when they bypassed help now for an insurance policy.

  12. Example: Coach Pederson, I’d like you to meet the new assistant head coach, Eric Bieniemy. He’s not taking over OC duties. He will just be right behind you watching and learning. Nothing to worry about.

  13. “…..so we did that a year ago and brought in Jalen Hurts — not to undermine Carson Wentz, not to do anything to take away his job or anything because Carson was our starter. He was the franchise and all that moving forward. But [we wanted] someone that could come in and could be the backup and learn how to play the NFL game…..” Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Every front office in the league, especially and including the Packers, completely understands. Nearly every fanbase in the league, does not.

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