Eagles’ QB Jalen Hurts spoke to reporters on Wednesday and spoke a little about his former coach Doug Pederson and how grateful he is for the time he spent with him. Horz also explained his work ethic and desire for continuous improvement.
Here’s what the midfielder said:
On Doug Pederson
“I am very grateful to Coach Pederson and the time I had with him. He obviously takes me risks and makes me an eagle, so this is something very special to me.
I’m glad he got another chance, and I’m glad he’s doing a great job so far, coaching a really good Jaguar team. Therefore, I have a lot of respect for him.”
Hurts went on to say that it was really cool to have a former NFL quarterback as his first coach in the league.
“It pays off to have a midfield player who has kind of seen the game, or seen the game through your own eyes.”
When asked if the two had spoken since Pederson left Philly and what the head coach’s message to Herz had been, QB noted that he didn’t have his phone with him, but it was all out of love and respect. Hurts said there was a lot of mutual respect between them.
“[Pederson] He felt like he saw something in me and just wanted to encourage me to keep going and continue to be the person I am and the player I am now. something along those lines.”
on his work ethic
Earlier in the week, OC Shane Steichen said Hurts has always worked on the building, and QB said it’s always been that way.
“This is my comfort zone, my safe haven. Being here, being around the building, playing football, that’s what I do. That’s what I’ve always done. Since I was a kid, I’ve always been in the game, I’ve always been in the field house. So, there’s excitement in To be able to play this game, to do this game, to learn more about this game, and I’m just striving to try to make strides in all areas every single day, and I’m doing that here.”
He often talks about not meeting the standards he set for himself or the team, and admit that it’s all about the journey, not the destination. There will always be something to improve.
Hurts later said his desire for continuous improvement is a reflection of the leadership in the team. Make it clear that he’s not trying to be perfect.
“I’m not chasing perfection, I’m just chasing progress.”
On his sermons after the match
“It is very difficult to win in this league. So, as hungry as I am, as hungry as a football team are, and as keen as we are to play to our footballing standards consistently, at a steady rate during the four quarters of a football match, I will not go unacknowledged how fun it feels to win and how much It’s hard to feel that way.”
He pointed out that winning is difficult and they should appreciate that.
- Hurts said he’s more comfortable with some of the checks they’re doing, and that’s just something that comes with this. He said he preaches everyone to be on the same page, teammates and coaches, and then they can implement — it all comes with time.
- As for what he likes to run or who he likes, Hurts said he likes whatever runs. He loves efficiency and positive plays, so whatever they do to be successful, is what he loves to do.
“Alcohol enthusiast. Twitter ninja. Tv lover. Falls down a lot. Hipster-friendly coffee geek.”