As the first order of business during the NFL Scouting Combine, coaches and general managers from each team spoke with the media prior to any prospects taking the field. Eagles GM Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni spoke on a lot of interesting things surrounding the team this offseason. Three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, the team’s philosophy heading into free agency, and of course, the quarterback position.
Here’s how the GM answered questions pertaining to Jalen Hurts and his job security entering this offseason:
He was later asked specifically about Deshaun Watson, and he responded with, “We have a 23-year-old quarterback who just led us to the playoffs.” With tampering rules in place, there probably isn’t much Howie can say on potentially pursuing Watson. Nevertheless, he stood behind his current quarterback.
Sirianni shared the same sentiment when asked about Hurts and he had nothing but positive things to say about him:
Now, to be clear, the Eagles organization was saying the same things about Carson Wentz last offseason. They constantly told the media that they were committed to Wentz. Even when Sirianni was hired, the common thought around the fanbase was he was brought here to help Wentz bounce back from a dreadful 2020 campaign. Obviously, none of that came to fruition and Wentz was traded to Indianapolis.
The point is, Howie and Sirianni will never publicly bad-mouth their quarterback. Especially when said quarterback just led their team to a postseason berth. And they’re not about to open up the floodgates by discussing a potential trade for another quarterback around the league.
Hurts will continue to be their guy, until he isn’t. There may not be any ‘writing on the wall’ that leads to a trade or any statement Howie or Sirianni utter that’ll make us think twice about their commitment to Hurts. The only ‘writing on the wall’ that fans should need is the fact that multiple high level quarterbacks could be available on the trade block this offseason. If Howie has the opportunity to upgrade any position, he’s proven time and time again that he’ll do it. And that includes the quarterback position.
The best general managers do their work behind the scenes, not at the podium for everyone to see. Roseman certainly has big plans for this offseason and we should all be excited to see how it unfolds in the coming months.