Doug Pederson speaks on Jalen Hurts and his leadership
In a recent podcast episode of Takeoff, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark had the chance to interview former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson since being fired in January.
They discussed a number of topics, two of which were of course Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts. Pederson gave his input on the narrative that he and Wentz weren’t on speaking terms to end the season:
“I do believe that there’s a little misnomer out there that Carson and I were on such bad terms, and I’ve never felt that way. I still have a lot of respect (for Wentz) and we drafted him five years ago to be the guy and I’m excited to see what he does with the Colts now.”
Doug also spoke glowingly of the presumed new starter Philadelphia, Jalen Hurts:
“A lot like Carson, he’s got such a great leadership style. Guys really gravitate to him. His work ethic is second to none. I think the coaching staff, if they’re patient with him, can really teach and dial things in for him and really tailor the offense around his skill set.”
In the final four games of the season, Hurts threw for 919 yards, 5 TDs, and 3 INTs on 52% completion. He also accumulated 272 yards and 3 TDs on the ground.
There are still a lot of questions surrounding Jalen Hurts, but it looks like Doug believes that the Eagles should use their assets to build around the dual-threat QB. Let’s hope that the Eagles have the same mindset.
Listen to the full podcast episode here:
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