Doug Pederson is about to make a QB switch from Carson Wentz to Jalen Hurts
As the losses continue to pile up for the Philadelphia Eagles and their division lead in the NFC East slips away, it seems as if head coach Doug Pederson could make a change at quarterback and start rookie Jalen Hurts in the place of Carson Wentz. That is if his recent comments and body language are to be analyzed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
In an interview on Wednesday, Pederson was asked if he would start Wentz in their Week 12 game on Monday against the Seattle Seahawks, and he initially didn’t seem sure.
Doug Pederson initially hesitant to say Carson Wentz is his starter Monday night. pic.twitter.com/TuY9kctUQC
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) November 25, 2020
That led Schefter to suggest that the 52-year old head coach is at least considering a change under center, which he said on ESPN’s The Get Up.
.@BartScott57 isn't a big fan of the way Doug Pederson has been talking about Carson Wentz in the media lately.
"My wife and our therapist would tell us that that's being passive-aggressive." 😂 pic.twitter.com/zgDC09sp83
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 26, 2020
But whether it is Wentz or Hurts who starts for the Eagles, it is clear that the team needs a win after suffering a 27-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Philadelphia finds itself at 3-6-1 heading into Week 12, but is only a half-game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team, and the New York Giants, which have identical 3-7 records.
Wentz had another uneven performance against the Browns, completing 21 of 35 passes, for 235 yards and two touchdowns. But he also had two interceptions, including a pick-six, and a fumble while being sacked five times, and still leads the NFL with 14 interceptions and 10 fumbles while completing just 58.4% of his passes this season.
With the Eagles needing a win to keep their division lead, Pederson could take a chance on Hurts, who was selected in the second round of the 2020 Draft out of Alabama with the 53rd overall pick. But while Pederson still said that it was Wentz who would start against Seattle, his body language, at least according to Schefter, seems to suggest otherwise.