New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni plans to evaluate the entire roster and there is no guarantee that 2016 No. 2 pick Carson Wentz will be on the team's roster next season. Wentz struggled mightily on the field last season and toward the end of the season he was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts.
"What we need to do is evaluate the entire roster," Sirianni said at his introductory news conference, per ESPN. "We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top-notch quarterbacks. A lot of teams don't have any.
So just really excited to work with both of them." Hurts showed flashes of his talents in his few starts and many believe he should be the team's starting quarterback going forward. "The same conversation with him is that I'm really excited to work with him," Sirianni said.
"We studied him last year, he had a great college tape. He played meaningful snaps this year that he played well in." The Eagles had a disappointing season and many things will have to change this offseason. "Every position is going to be evaluated, and every position is going to be open," he said, "and we can't wait to start watching the tape and seeing what our players can do."
Reports suggested Doug Pederson lost his job because of Wentz
Pederson, who coached the Eagles the last few seasons, reportedly wanted to have Hurts as the starting quarterback going forward but the team front office wanted Wentz.
However, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Wentz played no part in the Pederson firing. "I don't think any owner should decide that. Carson, to me and to I think virtually everyone in our organization, is a quarterback that in his first four years was in many ways elite, comparable to some of the great quarterbacks the first four years in the league.
The fifth year, obviously not satisfactory for whatever reasons, there are probably multiple reasons for that," Lurie said. "I think the way I look at it is, we have an asset and we have a talent. He's a great guy.
He wants nothing but to win big and win Lombardi trophies for Philadelphia. This guy is tireless. He has his heart in the right place. He is really dedicated offseason, on-season. He's just what you want. And it behooves us as a team with a new coach and new coaching staff to be able to really get him back to that elite progression where he was capable of, and understand at the same time that there have been many quarterbacks in their fourth and fifth year, if you trace this, you can come up with many, many quarterbacks that have a single year where it's just, 'Whoa, the touchdown-to-interception ratio is not what you want.' And we're talking some great ones like Peyton and Ben and guys like that."