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On Wednesday, Doug Pederson, while talking about Josh Huff’s arrest, spoke about being a father figure to his players, saying he was going to “wrap my arm around them and love on them and try to show them the right direction.” 

Huff was released the next day. 

“That’s a tough thing,” Pederson said on Friday. “This business is all about performance and how you perform. And, listen, I love every one of these players. Don’t get me wrong. I want to make sure that these players are doing right by themselves, by their families and by the Philadelphia Eagles

“And again, at the end of the day, I’m going to continue to love on Josh and help him in every way I can. But at the end of the day, there’s a process that needs to be handled and needs to go through. And again, doing the best thing for the team and the organization.”

On Friday, Pederson made it clear that a decision about Huff’s future with the team had not been made on Wednesday when he spoke to the media and when Huff actually practiced with the team. 

The head coach said Huff was allowed to practice on Wednesday because the team was still fact-finding and was trying to go about its business as usual. 

 

Pederson is known as a players’ coach, but vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said on Thursday that all four people involved in the decision to cut Huff — himself, Pederson, owner Jeffrey Lurie and president Don Smolenski — agreed with the decision. 

On Friday, Pederson said all four “were equally on board.” 

“I was not persuaded,” Pederson said. “I try, and I think everyone in the organization from Mr. Lurie down, we want to keep everybody if we can. We just felt that for the best of the organization, for the team, that this was obviously the best."

Huff, 25, was arrested on Tuesday morning around 11 a.m. after being pulled over for speeding across the Walt Whitman Bridge. Police found a handgun that was registered in Texas, a full magazine and hollow point bullets, as well as less than 50 grams of marijuana. Huff was, among other things, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. 

While Huff was at the building earlier on Tuesday morning, he claimed he didn’t have the gun on the premises, which would be a serious problem in the eyes of the NFL. Pederson on Friday said that based on what he had been told, he doesn’t believe Huff had the gun on the NovaCare Complex grounds. 

Still, the Eagles obviously found enough reasons to release Huff on Thursday, a day after Pederson said he expected Huff to play this weekend. “As of right now, yes,” Pederson said on Wednesday when asked if Huff would face the Giants.

“I left it very open as to the point that we needed to gather more information, we need to go through the whole process before these decisions are made on this football team,” Pederson said. “And so, you never know. You never know. Something could happen today. Something could happen next week. Everything is on an individual basis. Until we get the information, until we go through our process with this one, then we’ll make the decision.