Eagles Tag Veteran QB with Creative ‘Quarantine’ Role


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Josh McCown

Not only is Josh McCown returning to the Eagles’ nest, he’s getting the most creative role in football.

Philadelphia will use the 41-year-old as their emergency and “quarantine” quarterback on their practice squad. He’ll earn $12,000 in salary, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and reside in Texas where he’ll serve as player-coach.

Since McCown will be away from the team, not in Philadelphia — he should be able to step right in on a moment’s notice if someone (Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, Nate Sudfeld) contracts the COVID-19 virus.

Many coaches have talked about keeping an extra quarterback for “quarantine” purposes but the Eagles are the first to do it. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians was one of the first to mention it, then Doug Pederson claimed Philly was having “ongoing conversations” about it.

“That is definitely something to consider as you move forward to protect the quarterback position, but at the same time you have to think about the entire roster, as well,” Pederson told reporters back in July. “A lot of different scenarios and a lot of possibilities we’ll think about here in the next few weeks.”

Meanwhile, McCown has an interest in coaching in the NFL moving forward. The Eagles reportedly offered McCown an assistant coaching position in February but he turned it down at the time because he still wanted to play.

Interestingly, McCown told Heavy.com last summer that the idea of coaching had crossed his mind. He rattled off all the great men who had taught him over his 17 years of experience in the NFL.

“Yeah, I mean, anything is possible. I say that all the time. Anything is possible,” McCown said. “In the early part of my career it was kind of not something I thought about doing but then I coached high school football when I was out of the league and I realized I liked it and it got me back in.

“Ever since then I’ve had the good fortune of crossing paths in Chicago with men like Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith and men that have just encouraged me toward that goal and just did my best to try to watch guys, guys like Doug [Pederson] who have played a long time, similar type of career [to me] and now he’s coaching.

“So we’ll see … we’ll see what the future holds but certainly I love the game enough to do it. Maybe one day, we’ll see.”


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