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.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson celebrates with owner Jeffrey Lurie after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Doug Pederson’s future uncertain in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is set to meet with team owner Jeffrey Lurie again this week to discuss his future, ESPN reported Sunday.

Despite missing the playoffs, Pederson had expressed confidence he’d return to coach the Eagles in 2021. But ESPN said Pederson’s scheduled meeting last Tuesday with Lurie “did not go well.”

Lurie reportedly has concerns that include Pederson’s plan to fix an offense that underperformed in 2020, the future at the quarterback position and the makeup of the coaching staff. The contracts of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg expired, and they will not be returning.

The Eagles’ 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). Pederson removed Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback after 12 games and replaced him with rookie Jalen Hurts.

Pederson led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history after the 2017 season, and he has a record of 42-37-1 in five seasons with the Eagles. Since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, however, the Eagles are 22-25-1.

Before the season-ending loss to the Washington Football Team that featured questionable coaching moves, Pederson said that he was sure he’d be back.

“I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021,” Pederson said. “The thing I’m most proud of this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I’ve been here and that’s pretty good.”

–Field Level Media