Jalen Hurts shows love to former coach Doug Pederson
Former Eagles coach Doug Pederson had a warm welcome back to Philadelphia when his new team, the Jaguars played them on Sunday.
Doug Pederson took over as head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars after Urban Meyer was fired last year. Before that, he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. As their head coach, he led them to a Super Bowl victory in 2018. He made his return to Philly when his new team took on the Eagles on Sunday. He was welcomed with a standing ovation from the crowd.
The Eagles beat the Jaguars and improved to 4-0, becoming the only remaining undefeated team in the league and just the seventh team since 1970 to begin a season 4-0 and record at least 400 total yards of offense each game. Quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has been off to a good start, didn’t have his best game, throwing just 16 of 25 for 204 yards and one interception. Hurts was drafted in 2020 while Pederson was still head coach, and he had many kind words to say about his former coach, giving him credit for how far he’s come.
“I told Doug, ‘I really appreciate you and have a lot of respect for you,’” Hurts said. “And I told him, ‘I thank you because you’re the reason I’m here.’ I have a lot of love and respect for him. His way of coaching, his coaching style and how he does things, the great things he’s doing in Jacksonville right now. I have a lot of respect for him and I wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”