By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has announced a quarterback change. He has benched his former No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz.
Instead, the coach, who guided the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl win, has elected to go with rookie Jalen Hurts. The 2020 second-round pick came in for Wentz on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
“I have come to a decision and I am going to go with Jalen Hurts this week against New Orleans,” Pederson said. “We’re not where we want to be as an offense. I looked at the whole thing and decided that for this week to look for that spark again to try to get the team over the hump, to try to get everybody playing better. Carson is like all of us right now, he’s disappointed. He’s frustrated. He’s been a professional through it all. He supports his teammates and that’s what you want to see from him, the leader of the team. I know sometimes the quarterback gets a lot of the blame like the head coach does. It’s the good with the bad. It’s not about Carson Wentz. It’s not about one person.
“We know we have issues on offense and it has been a struggle for us all season. That’s where the frustration lies a little bit, but he’s been a pro and would expect nothing less”
Wentz has taken a lot of the criticism this season with the Eagles poor record. As the face of the franchise, it’s only right to critique him, along with Pederson.
His play has been lackluster at best. When Hurts came in against the Packers, he provided the team with a spark — guiding the team to a touchdown on fourth and 18.
Let’s see what the rookie can do against one of the better teams in the league. Pederson — if he remains the coach — and Howie Roseman — who runs the football operations — has to see what Hurts can do before they decide if another quarterback is needed for next season.