Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) in action against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles coach doesn’t name Jalen Hurts starting QB

Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni refused to name Jalen Hurts the starting quarterback Wednesday, instead reiterating his intention to hold an open competition.

Sirianni’s comments come on the heels of a report last month that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had instructed the coaching staff to make sure Hurts was ready to assume the starting role when the 2021 season opens. Lurie was against bringing in other QBs for an open competition, per the report.

“To name a starter at this particular time … we’ve been working with these guys for two days,” Sirianni said Wednesday.

The Eagles dealt Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in February for a third-round pick this year and a conditional second-round pick in 2022.

The Eagles selected Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to back up Wentz. But when Wentz was ineffective in a Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Hurts replaced him and started the remaining four games of the season, going 1-3 in the role. On the season, Hurts completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Sirianni also said Wednesday that he and his assistant coaches have been playing rock, paper, scissors and “Jeopardy!” with draft prospects to gauge their competitiveness.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts before a game against the Washington Football Team at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

What’s in a number? Eagles QB Jalen Hurts to wear No. 1

Jalen Hurts’ new jersey number will reflect his status on the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback depth chart.

The Eagles announced Friday that Hurts will wear No. 1 as opposed to the No. 2 jersey he wore after being selected by Philadelphia with a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

For the record, Hurts wore No. 1 while with Oklahoma and No. 2 while playing at Alabama.

Punter Cameron Johnston wore the No. 1 jersey with the Eagles last season, however he signed with the Houston Texans last month.

In addition, backup quarterback Joe Flacco will wear No. 7 with the Eagles in 2021. Flacco previously has worn No. 5 during his career with the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and New York Jets, however No. 5 has been retired by the Eagles with respect to former quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) in action against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles owner wants Jalen Hurts to start in 2021

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has instructed the team and new coach Nick Sirianni to make sure Jalen Hurts is ready to be the starting quarterback in 2021, ESPN reported Monday.

Lurie wants the team to build the quarterback room around Hurts rather than bring in QBs for an open competition, per the report.

Hurts will be the only quarterback under contract once Carson Wentz is officially moved to Indianapolis at the start of the league new year, March 17. The Eagles agreed to deal Wentz to the Colts last month for a third-round pick this year and a conditional second-round pick in 2022.

“I think it was just an opportunity for me,” Hurts told ESPN on Monday, his first public comments about the Wentz trade. “I think it shows the trust and what they think I can be as a player, so I wanna prove them right.”

The Eagles selected Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to back up Wentz. But when Wentz was ineffective in a Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Hurts replaced him and started the remaining four games of the season, going 1-3 in the role. On the season, Hurts completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

He also scored three rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles have the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft. They finished last season with a 4-11-1 record.

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Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni implies that Eagles QB job will be open competition

New Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni hinted Monday that the quarterback job will be an open competition between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts.

During an interview on SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia, Sirianni said “yeah” when asked directly if Hurts and Wentz would compete for the job.

“Everybody in this situation competition — players, coaches, every position,” Sirianni said on the show.

Sirianni didn’t stop there.

“A core value is competition,” Sirianni said. “That’s competition everywhere. Everybody is going to compete. I am going to compete with [offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] on things. We’re going to compete in the building with coaches. Competition is the core value that we’re going to use for every single position that we have here with the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Sirianni is already taking hits for his introductory press conference Friday. On that day, he said he “can’t answer” if Wentz would be back with the team and said the thought “hasn’t even crossed my mind” regarding naming a starter at QB.

A Philadelphia Inquirer column that ran Sunday started with this line: “The Eagles fired Gomer Pyle so they could hire Barney Fife.” Later, it called Sirianni “Pinocchio” for saying he hadn’t thought about the QB situation yet. “It sounds even dumber than it sounds false,” wrote Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes.

Wentz, who was benched in favor of Hurts for the final four games of the 2020 season, completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

“We’ve watched a little bit of tape to this point now,” Sirianni said Monday. “So we’re into that process of evaluating those players and I think we have really good talent evaluators.”

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Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni evaluating Eagles’ roster, including ‘top-notch’ QBs

Nick Sirianni has focused on the offensive side of the ball during his NFL coaching career, however he appeared to find himself on the defensive after being introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach on Friday.

Sirianni was asked about the status of quarterback Carson Wentz numerous times. When asked directly if Wentz would return to the Eagles for the 2021 season, Sirianni said: “I can’t answer that. Again, evaluating everything.”

The 39-year-old Sirianni also was asked if there was a timeline for when a starting quarterback would be named, whether it be Wentz or Jalen Hurts.

“Haven’t really thought about that yet, naming a starter. That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” he said. “Just trying to evaluate the players on our team and get our staff together.”

Wentz, who was benched in favor of Hurts for the final four games of the 2020 season, completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

Sirianni, who labeled Wentz and Hurts as “top-notch” quarterbacks, spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts posted an 11-5 regular-season mark under his watch in 2020, with the offense ranking ninth in scoring (28.2 points) and 10th in total offense (11th in passing, 11th in rushing).

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson earlier this month after a five-year run that included a 42-37-1 record and Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl championship. Since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, however, the Eagles are 22-25-1, including 4-11-1 in 2020.

Philadelphia’s offense ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (334.6), 26th in scoring (20.9 points) and 28th in passing yards (207.9).

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Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) takes the handoff from quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Sanders: No players liked QB switch

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders said he wasn’t a fan of the team’s decision to bench quarterback Jalen Hurts during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s season finale against the Washington Football Team.

Sanders also said he wasn’t alone.

“If I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody,” Sanders said Tuesday on 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia. “That’s all I can say, really. I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision. All I know is that a lot of people on the team were confused.”

Sanders said he didn’t know whose decision it was to insert third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the game. The Eagles trailed by three points at the time and ultimately dropped a 20-14 decision to Washington.

Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said that he planned to get Sudfeld some snaps in the season finale, although others were quick to point that the Eagles benefitted by losing that game. They landed the No. 6 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

On Monday, New York Giants coach Joe Judge voiced his displeasure with the decision that played a role in his team being excluded from the playoffs. The Giants (6-10) would have captured the NFC East had the Eagles won on Sunday night.

“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants,” Judge said.

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Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hurts to start at QB for Eagles in Week 16

Jalen Hurts has earned himself another start for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, coach Doug Pederson announced Monday.

“Obviously, Jalen Hurts will start again this week,” Pederson told reporters.

The rookie played well in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, finishing 24-for-44 passing with 338 yards and three touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 102.3. Hurts, who also rushed for 63 yards and a score, put the Eagles in position to tie the game, with two Hail Mary pass attempts into the end zone in the final seconds.

Hurts is now 1-1 as a starter since taking over for Carson Wentz. The Eagles (4-9-1) travel to play the Dallas Cowboys (5-9) this Sunday.

“The team doesn’t feel there’s any animosity between the guys,” Pederson said, referring to Hurts and Wentz.

ESPN reported Sunday that Wentz is not in interested in staying with the Eagles as a backup.

–Field Level Media