Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) talks with head coach Doug Pederson (L) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ Pederson: No decision at QB

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t know whether it will be Carson Wentz or rookie Jalen Hurts at quarterback when Philadelphia host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Speaking on WIP radio in Philadelphia on Monday, Pederson said he hasn’t made up his mind about his starter as the season slips away from the Eagles (3-8-1).

The always vocal Eagles fans already have spoken, though. Just one hour into a 24-hour poll posted on the station’s Twitter feed, 67.2 percent of respondents said it was time for the team to turn to Hurts.

Wentz, 27, is in the midst of the worst season of his five-year career. He leads the league in interceptions (15) and sacks (50), and is 31st in completion percentage (57.4). He was yanked in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-16 loss to Green Bay after completing just six of 15 pass attempts for 79 yards.

Hurts, the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2019, was 5-of-12 passing for 109 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and one interception.

“I didn’t know what the plan was fully. I was just told he was going in for the next play and the next series,” Wentz said after the game. “So I didn’t really know what was going on there. Obviously, that’s frustrating as a competitor and just the personality that I have, I want to be the guy out there. But it is what it is. They made the call today.

“At the end of the day we lost, as a team we lost, and that’s what I think for me I’m most frustrated about. I don’t like where we’re at this season record-wise and I know I can play better and we can all be better going forward.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks with quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during warm ups before their game against the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Pederson sticking with Wentz, could punt play calling

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson isn’t interested in making a change at quarterback, however on Tuesday he left the door open for someone else to call the plays on offense.

Much-maligned Carson Wentz continued his season-long struggles in the Eagles’ 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. Pederson, however, reaffirmed that Wentz will remain his starting quarterback mere hours after the latter completed 25 of 45 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

“That one is my decision, if and when we make that change, but right now we’re not doing it,” Pederson said of a potential quarterback switch.

Wentz, 27, has completed 245 of 422 passes for 2,541 yards with 16 touchdowns and a league-high 15 interceptions this season. He has been sacked an NFL-leading 46 times behind an offensive line besieged by injuries.

Wentz’s backup, rookie Jalen Hurts, has completed all three of his pass attempts for 33 yards in limited duty this season.

As for calling plays, Pederson acknowledged the potential of handing off that role after seeing the Eagles (3-7-1) score just 17 points on offense for the fourth straight game — all losses. Philadelphia is averaging 322.8 yards of total offense per game, which ranks 28th in the league.

“I take pride in play calling and I look at everything,” said Pederson, who has held that responsibility since he became the head coach in 2016.

“I’ve got to take everything into consideration and if I feel like I get stuck or in a rut I definitely would consider giving that up. It’s definitely on the table. I wouldn’t say it’s off the table. … That’s part of sparking the offense and maybe seeing the offense through somebody else’s eyes.”

Senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg likely would be candidates to take that role. Scangarello called plays as the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator last season while Mornhinweg has called plays during several of his stops along his coaching career.

–Field Level Media

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Pederson: TE Ertz unlikely to play vs. Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is unlikely to return to action for Monday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, coach Doug Pederson announced.

Pederson added on Saturday morning that there was “no setback” involving Ertz, who has been sidelined since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Philadelphia’s 30-28 loss to Baltimore on Oct. 18. Ertz was designated to return from injured reserve last week.

Also on Saturday, Pederson confirmed that Jason Peters will move to right guard and Jordan Mailata to left tackle. The decision comes on the heels of offensive tackle Lane Johnson announcing on Friday that his ankle essentially has collapsed.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ertz has recorded 24 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. His average of 7.4 yards per catch serves as a career low.

Ertz has 549 receptions for 5,921 yards with 36 touchdowns in 112 career games since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tight ends Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will continue to hand the workload on Monday as the Eagles (3-6-1) host the Seahawks (7-3).

–Field Level Media

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) walks to the locker room during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ Slay in protocol, Johnson to get second opinion on ankle

Philadelphia cornerback Darius Slay is in concussion protocol and right tackle Lane Johnson is seeking a second opinion on his surgically repaired ankle, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday.

Both players left Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers – Johnson had to be carted off the field. Slay walked off on his own power late in the fourth quarter.

Johnson, 30, underwent surgery on the ankle in August and missed some action last week in a win over the San Francisco 49ers with a cyst in the ankle that needed to be drained after the game.

Johnson left Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh after 39 offensive snaps and did not return.

“In the case of Lane Johnson, I am waiting,” Pederson said Monday. “Medically, we’re waiting on the second opinion. There’s some reports still coming in on Lane so I don’t have any update yet on him.”

Rookie Jake Driscoll replaced Johnson on Sunday and would be in line to start if Johnson is out. Driscoll also started Week 1 in place of the Pro Bowl right tackle.

Pederson said linebacker Duke Riley, who left Sunday’s game against the Steelers, is fine.

Pederson is also “hopeful” that wide receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) are able to practice this week. Jeffery has yet to play this season while Jackson has missed the past two games.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles Doug Pederson walks out for pregame warmups before the start of the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ Pederson cleared from COVID, back with team

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is back with the team after a 10-day absence due to a positive test for COVID-19.

The team announced Aug. 2 that Pederson had tested positive, though the coach was initially asymptomatic. NFL rules require people who test positive and are asymptomatic to quarantine for 10 days or to test negative twice in a five-day span.

“I was ready to be back here and on the grass with the players,” Pederson said Wednesday.

Assistant coach Duce Staley acted as head coach during Pederson’s absence. Pederson said he later had minor symptoms, but he was able to run team meetings remotely, while Staley directed things at the team’s facility.

Pederson said he has no catch-up period given the team hasn’t been on the field besides the allowed “acclimation period.”

He viewed workouts from home and was able to guide the team remotely. He said the entire offense and defense was installed in the past two weeks thanks to time with players virtually.

“(Thursday) would have been our first preseason game. We’ve got everything that we need in if we were to play a game tomorrow,” Pederson said.

With Week 1 about one month away, Pederson said getting players in pads next week and learning about his new players will be critical over the next four weeks.

Pederson is one of three NFL head coaches known to have tested positive. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed his diagnosis in March, while HBO’s “Hard Knocks” showed Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn telling his players recently that he had tested positive earlier this summer.

Pederson is entering his fifth season as head coach in Philadelphia. He is 38-26 through four seasons, making the playoffs the past three years, including a Super Bowl victory in the 2017 season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson before the game against the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles coach Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson informed his team Sunday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reported.

Pederson has tested positive twice for the virus but is asymptomatic and feeling fine, according to the report.

Pederson is the second NFL head coach to contract the virus after New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton got it in March.

Pederson is entering his fifth season as head coach in Philadelphia. He is 38-26 through four seasons, making the playoffs the past three years, including a Super Bowl victory in the 2017 season.

–Field Level Media