Doug Pederson and Josh McCown meet with the Media.
Doug Pederson and Josh McCown met with the media for the first time since McCown signed with the Eagles.
Pederson said that he likes McCown because not only does he add depth to the quarterback position, but he also brings experience. The 40-year-old quarterback has played 17 seasons in the NFL with 10 different teams before the Eagles signed him to a one year contact worth up to 5.4 million dollars.
McCown said that the only way he was going to leave retirement was if the team that called him was in a position to win a championship, and he thinks that the Philadelphia Eagles have a good chance to make that dream come true for him. While he was in retirement, McCown coached two of his son's high school football teams and signed on with ESPN as an analyst. Even though McCown retired from the NFL in 2018, he remained around the sport he loved.
The chance to play with Alshon Jeffery again was likely enticing to McCown as well. Jeffery and McCown played together in Chicago and became very good friends. Jeffery told the media today, "[McCown] Great person. Great human being. Great all-around person." Alshon also said that he would like to get back on the basketball court with his friend, while McCown told the media he also selected the number 18 jersey so he could sit next to Jeffery in the team photograph and "look good."
Pederson said today that he is not sure who the number two quarterback behind Carson Wentz will be once Nate Sudfeld is healthy. It will either be Sudfeld or McCown, but after today's press conference it seems as though McCown is going to fit in the quarterback room very well. And the fact that he already has an established friendship with Jeffery is vitally important should he need to step in during the regular season. The signing of McCown is also good for Sudfeld even if McCown wins the number two position behind Wentz. Sudfeld can learn a lot from a 17 year veteran of the NFL. It will be interesting to see McCown if he plays against the Ravens Thursday night and get a good sense of what he has to offer the Eagles.