Doug Pederson hopes Hurts and Sirianni have a chance to grow originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Not long ago, when Doug Pederson was a rookie head coach with a young defender he remembers what it was like.
That gives him a unique perspective as he watches from afar as Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts spend their first season together.
Pederson, about the latest news Take off with John Clark podcast, says he wants only one thing for both: The opportunity to grow.
“It was like yesterday I went through that at 16 and 17 years old,” Pederson said. “Some of that is unfair. You must give [Sirianni] … And I don’t know him personally, obviously only from a professional point of view, but just like the players. Give him a chance to grow. Give him a chance to sink their feet and teeth into the ground in Philadelphia and watch them bloom and grow.
“I think sometimes they have to come under extra pressure through the media or the fans, which can really affect the boys. You must be a brave and strong-willed person to be able to handle the Philly media and fans. I’ll tell you this: There’s no better place when you win in Philadelphia. ”
Pederson was the Eagles’ first year head coach in 2016 and he had a rookie quarterback at Carson Wentz. They went through ups and downs together in the first season but in Year 2 it was the Super Bowl.
It’s perhaps unfair to expect that result for the Eagles in 2022, but Pederson does see some similarities. And even if Hurts is technically a sophomore quarterback, Pederson considers him a rookie.
Talk to Clark, Pederson was thinking back to his first season as head coach of the Eagles.
“We knew we were going to have a rookie quarterback,” Pederson said. “There will be times when it doesn’t look good, but we’re trying to build something here. This is the first year of coach Sirianni. He’s trying to build something there and he’s trying to build it around Jalen.
“Well, you know what, I know in this league we don’t give everyone time, whether it’s the coach or the player. Sometimes we don’t give enough time to grow. I think Jalen is one of those guys that if you watch him grow and let him grow, I think some great things can happen. ”
Pederson said he’s been impressed by what he’s seen from Hurts this season but allows it, yes, Hurts still needs improvement as a passer. But Pederson thinks a lot of that will come from experience, and he has no doubt that Hurts has a growth mindset.
Back when the Eagles hired Sirianni, Pederson said he contacted his successor to wish him well and told him he would be there if Sirianni needed anything. But Pederson understood that Sirianni had to find her own path.
In the 40-plus minute podcast with Clark, Pederson talked about his life since being fired by the Eagles, watching the team from afar and hoping to return to coaching next season.
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