Eagles Coach Doug Pederson on QB Change: ‘We Need a Spark’

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For a team that’s 3-8-1, the Philadelphia Eagles sure get a lot of attention. But it sort of makes sense. Quarterback Carson Wentz, once considered the franchise savior, has had a rough season. He currently leads the league in interceptions. This from a quarterback and team that many had favored to win the NFC East back in early fall.

So Eagles coach Doug Pederson finally made the switch, replacing Wentz with Jalen Hurts during Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Hurts has since been named the starter.

Why the switch?

“Same reason I made the switch in the game. We need a spark,” Pederson told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, via PFT. “It’s not about one guy here. We all know we need to be better.”

It’s probably not a bad idea. Despite their record, the Eagles aren’t entirely out of it. They trail the division-leading New York Giants by just two games, with four still to go. So maybe Hurts is, indeed, their best chance of reviving a lifeless offense.

The offense has been poor for many reasons,” Pederson said. “This is an opportunity for Jalen’s development. We still have great belief in Carson as a QB and leader of the team. We have to get him better and the offense as well.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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