Eagles owner Jeffrey Luries’ decision to fire coach Doug Pederson may have stemmed from a disagreement over who should be the team’s starting quarterback going forward.
Pederson believes Jalen Hurts gives the Eagles the best chance of winning and Lurie will save Carson Wentz, according to Troy Aikman, who said on Michael Irvin’s podcast that he spoke to Pederson after Pederson was fired.
“I reached out to Doug Pederson yesterday when I heard the news,” Aikman said. “What I came up with was a difference of opinion about how they move forward in the quarterback position, is what I sensed. Jeff Lurie, the owner, has paid a lot of money to Carson Wentz and they are on the hook with him, they can not get out of that contract right away. It is my belief that Doug Pederson felt that Jalen Hurts is likely to be the quarterback going forward. And how does it intervene? ”
Aikman said Pederson’s dismissal was “complex” and not just about the quarterback position. But Wentz’s regression and the emergence of Hurts is an important issue that the Eagles need to address in the future. And if Lurie and Pederson were not on the same page, one of them would have to leave. And it should not be the owner.