The Philadelphia Eagles‘ decision to draft Jalen Hurts in the second round last year sparked a quarterback controversy that ultimately resulted in Carson Wentz, throwing a fit, demanding a trade, and cost head coach Doug Pederson his job.
Despite the messy situation GM Howie Roseman sparked by acquiring Hurts in the first place, he explained in an interview why he went with the young signal-caller in the 2020 draft, and why he wouldn’t change that decision knowing what he knows now.
As reported by NJ.com’s Chris Franklin, Roseman spoke to the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday and alluded to Wentz’s extensive injury history as the main rationale for drafting Hurts, along with the former Alabama and Oklahoma star’s intangibles and intriguing dual-threat ability:
“We loved Carson, but we played four (six) playoff games, and we’ve needed our backup quarterback and all of them. It’s too important of a position not to have that. I think that just thinking about where we were at the moment, and I think it was the right thing to do. It’s a hard decision, but it was the right thing to do.
“[…] I think that we talk a lot about Jalen and his leadership and what kind of person he is, which are really positive things, but the guy can play, and he can win. He’s another person, like all of us, who have to prove it and show it, and we’re excited about that. But certainly, he’s got a skill set that we’re excited about.”
The Eagles traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, where he’s reunited with former Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich.