Jalan Hurts defeated Tua Tagoveloa in the NFL


When Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Rosman used a second-round draft choice over former Alabama quarterback Jalan Hurts in April, fans of the NFL team were livid.

Hurts was the runner-up for the 2019 Heisman Trophy in his transfer season in Oklahoma, but Eagles supporters thought Rosman could get an impact player with the 53rd pick, not a backup to the big-money quarterback who Philosophia already has Was.

With injuries to offensive linemen and wide receivers, a key factor for the Eagles ‘0-2-1 2020 season, fans’ ‘Hurt over Hurts’ selection will see fuel to burn Hotter. And while this may be true, some outspoken fans have a new take on Hurts: they want him to play.

But not Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson – at least not regularly.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a 63.9 passing-efficiency rating in 2020 – the worst in the NFL for 33 players with enough passes to qualify. After throwing seven interceptions in 2019, Wentz threw six in three matches in 2020, the most in the NFL.

During an appearance on “Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team” on WIP-FM in Philadelphia on Monday, Pedersen was asked what it would take to try another quarterback.

“You don’t go there,” Pedersen said. “It’s a knee jerk reaction. It’s a reaction to things that happen sometimes, you know, the aura that’s out there. It’s okay. It’s not what we consider internally, and we Will continue to get better. Carson our quarterback. We’re going to fix it, he’s going to fix it, and, you know, we’ve got a long season.

“Listen, we’re only half a game out of first place for good. The whole division isn’t playing very good football right now, so, you know, we’re not far from it.”

After taking some rookie knots in 2016, Wentz threw for 10,409 yards and 81 touchdowns with 21 interceptions from 2017 through 2019. Prior to last season, Philadelphia signed Wentz to a four-year, $ 128 million contract extension.

But this season, the Eagles lost 27–17 to the Washington football team and 37–19 to the Ramas of Los Angeles before tying the Cincinnati Bengals 23–23 on Sunday. Those teams are 1–5 in their other games in 2020.

“(Sunday) was tough because we lost (tight end) to Dallas Goedert in the ninth game of the game, and then (wide receiver) Dysen Jackson went out, and, obviously, those are the two big guys we would have planned for. Are “Pedersen said. “And then you start moving some pieces around, and it gets difficult. Listen, I’ve always said that this is not about a man. We’ve got to make sure everyone is fixing the line and doing the right thing, executing their work on a particular game whether it’s offensive line, runner, receiver, tight end, every Someone, quarterback – we’re all in it. It is not just about one man. There are some dramas (Wentz) that probably have desires and want to get back into the game and maybe it makes a difference, but we’ll continue to move forward. “

Pedersen said there were some things the Eagles could try to get Wentz undrafted.

“I’m one of the ways that we do that and really can be the kind that has to play something fast, up-tempo, to clutter their minds, where players don’t have to think, They just react, “Pedersen said at their Monday press conference. “That has been a recipe for us for years, and it is something we may have to bend a little bit more. We will take a look at the game plans and make sure that from the perspective of the quarterback there are probably not a lot of parts or things that we have got to do inside and out, just make the most of the run-it play where you are. There is no need to think about and just somehow help him free his mind and let him play and make plays that we know he is capable of making. “

Hurts was inactive in the Philadelphia season as an opener, with Nate Sudfell serving as the backup quarterback. The last two matches, Hurts has filled that role.

Against the Rams, Hurts got on the field for three plays, running back as a decoy and wide receiver. On Sunday, he played three slaps again, lining up at quarterback for the first time and recording his first NFL stats.

Hurts had an 8-yard run for the first down and gave up a running back before the lost zone was read for 3 yards.

And so Hurts landed on the field in the NFL before his former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovelloa. Tagovailoa supported Hurts as a freshman in 2017 before stepping into the post-CFP Championship game to rally the Crimson Tide to a 26–23 overtime win against Georgia in 2017. In 2018, Hurts supported Tagovelloa and moved on to the bench in the fourth quarter before rallying Alabama to a 35–28 win in the SEC Championship Game as the final hurricanes before transferring.

Tagovailoa entered the NFL as the fifth player selected in the 2020 draft, but he did not play for the Miami Dolphins. Instead, Tagovelloa has been a backup to 16-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

During his press conference on Tuesday, Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Geely was asked if he thought it would be a good idea for Miami to get Tagovelloa a little experience to set up a package of plays for the Rockies.

“I think it’s a question for (head) coach (Brian) Floers,” Geely said.

Gaylei said Tagovelloa is coming right where he is.

“It’s been a while where he’s said, ‘Yeah, we did something like that, too,” Gawley said of Tagovailoa’s adjustment to the Dolphins’ offensive playbook, “but every offense is unique, and in fact it’s a Language is and it’s a learning process that he’s doing. The great thing is that he sits there and listens and I think he has the greatest brains in football and he is Fitz. He lets him talk about defense, You get to talk about safety, that kind of football stuff that you don’t really get in college, so it’s a different game in college. He’s picking it up very well. But he still has some more to learn, which I think he will tell you the same thing. “

Philadelphia visits the San Francisco 49ers in a Sunday night game for Week 4 while Miami hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

Miami Dolphins quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) and Tua Tagoveloa celebrate on Thursday after a touchdown during an NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Fla.Ap photo / felon m. Ebenhawk

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow her on twitter @ AMarkG1.

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