When Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman used a choice in the second round of former Alabama defender Jalen Herts in April, NFL fans were incensed.
Hurts was the runner-up for the 2019 Heysman Trophy in his Oklahoma transfer season, but Eagles supporters thought Roseman could get an influential player with the 53rd pick, not a backup for a big-money quarterback that Philadelphia already had.
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But Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson doesn’t do it – at least not regularly.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a 63.9 transition efficiency rating in 2020 – the worst in the NFL for the 33 players with enough passes to qualify. After throwing seven interceptions in 2019, Wentz threw six in three games in 2020, the most in the NFL.
During Monday’s appearance at WIP-FM’s Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team in Philadelphia, Pederson was asked what it would take to try another quarterback.
“Don’t go there,” Pederson said. “It’s a knee reaction. It’s a reaction to things that sometimes are, you know, the aura that’s there. Isn’t that? That’s not what we believe inwardly and we’ll keep improving. Carson is our quarterback. we fix it, he’ll fix it and, you know, we have a long season.
“Listen, we’re only half a game from first place, for God’s sake. At the moment, the whole division doesn’t play very good football, so, you know, we’re not that far off. “
After taking a few lump rookie in 2016, Wentz had thrown 10,409 yards and 81 touchdowns with 21 interceptions from 2017 to 2019. Before last season, Philadelphia signed Wentz for a four-year contract extension for $ 128 million.
But this season, the Eagles lost to the Washington football team 27-17 and the Los Angeles Rams 37-19, before equalizing Singas 23-23 on Sunday. These teams are 1-5 in their other games in 2020.
“(Sunday) was difficult because we lost (tight end) Dallas Gedert in the ninth game of the game, and then (wide receiver) DeSean Jackson came out and obviously these are two big guys we’re planning a game for,” Pederson said. “And then you start moving some pieces around and it gets hard. Listen, I’ve always said this before that it’s not about one person. We need to make sure that everyone is on the line and doing the right thing, doing their job in any particular game, whether it’s an offensive line, runners, recipients, bottlenecks, everyone, quarterback – we’re all in it. It’s not just about one person. There are some plays (Wentz) he probably wants and would like to get back in the game and maybe it matters, but we will keep moving forward. “
Pederson said there were some things eagles could try to track Wentz.
“I think one of the ways we do that, and really to distract him, is to play fast, to play at an accelerated pace, where players don’t have to think, they just react,” Pederson told a news conference. on Monday. “It’s been a recipe for us over the years and it’s something we may have to rely on a little more. We’ll look at the game plans and make sure there may not be a lot of moving parts or things from the quarterback’s point of view that he has to bring us in and out, just do more than the varied performance where you play you don’t have to think much things and just somehow help him free his mind and let him play and do the plays we know he’s capable of doing. “
Hurts was inactive at the opening of the season in Philadelphia, with Nate Sudfeld serving as a reserve quarterback. In the last two games, Hurts played this role.
Against the rams, Hearts went out on the field for three plays, arranged in a run and a wide receiver as bait. On Sunday, he played three clicks again, ranking for the first time in quarterback and recording his first NFL statistics.
Hurts made an 8-yard run for the first shot and gave in to running backwards before touching an area reading 3 yards lost.
And so Hearts went on the field in the NFL before his former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa backed the Hurts as a freshman in 2017 before intervening after halftime in the CFP championship game to bring Crimson Tide to victory over Georgia with 26-23 overtime. In 2018, the Hurts backed Tagovailoa and came off the bench in the fourth quarter to bring Alabama to a 35-28 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game as the final hurray before the transfer.
Tagovailoa entered the NFL as the fifth player selected in the 2020 draft, but did not play for the Miami Dolphins. Instead, Tagovailoa was the backup for 16-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
During his press conference on Tuesday, Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey was asked if he thought it would be a good idea for Miami to install a package of plays for the rookie to give Tagovailoa some experience.
“I think it’s a matter of (head coach) (Brian) Flores,” Gailey said.
Gailey said Tagovailoa was lined up right where he was.
“There have been several cases where he has said, ‘Yes, we did something like this,'” Gailey said of Tagovailoa’s adaptation to the offensive Dolphins playbook, “but each violation is unique and really a language and is the learning process he goes through. The great thing is that he can sit there and listen to one of what I think is the greatest mind in football and that’s Fitz. He listens to him talk about defenses, talk about defenses, talk about all these football things that you don’t actually get in college, so here the game is different from college. So far he has taken it very well. But he still has something to learn that I think will tell you the same thing. “
Philadelphia visits the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday night’s game for Week 4, while Miami hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter Ark AMarkG1.
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