Pederson lashes out at media, will not reveal who starting quarterback is

Ed Benkin
September 02, 2018 - 12:57 pm
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Doug Pederson wants to make it clear that he will be the one who tells the public who his starting quarterback will be.

In a tension-filled session with the media Sunday, Pederson made it clear he was upset about a report on Saturday saying Nick Foles would start as quarterback in Thursday's season opener. 

He indicated his displeasure with the story spreading to other media outlets that reported Foles would start against Atlanta. When the smoke cleared, Pederson did not confirm who would start as quarterback.

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"I appreciate you all putting words in my mouth this week," said Pederson. "Therefore, I'm not going to discuss it."

When asked specifically who put words in his mouth, Pederson answered "next question" several times, adding he was lumping all of the media together as a group based on Saturday's events.   

He emphasized again that he did not want to tell the public who his quarterback would be, basing his secrecy not only on what happened with the media, but as a way to prevent the Falcons from gaining a competitive edge. 

"We're trying to win a football game," he said. "I don't want to put my game plan out there for everybody to see it and read and teams can scheme. It just doesn't make a lot of sense."

The quarterback who takes the most practice snaps with the first team will likely be the starter on Thursday. The media is limited to watching warm-ups, so only the Eagles know which quarterback will be taking the most reps.  

Pederson did confirm that Carson Wentz has yet to be cleared for contact, making it seem more likely that Foles will play. There are also several other injured players, such as Jason Peters, Darren Sproles and Alshon Jeffery, who did not see game action during the preseason. Pederson believes they will all be ready to go on Thursday.

"They haven't been on the field in games," said Pederson. "They've been in practice. There's a difference. I've held them out of games specifically. They've practiced all of training camp.  Why do they need to be in a game? I've answered this question all of training camp."

The main question Pederson has clearly decided not to answer is who his starting quarterback will be.

"What is the point of this?" Pederson added. "It's my decision."