Eagles set precedent after player arrested on DUI and gun charges

On their days off, NFL players typically use their free time to rest at home and spend time with their loved ones. Well, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff came up with the bright idea to drive like a stoned, reckless maniac in his team’s city while having an unlicensed handgun in his vehicle this past Tuesday.

Huff was arrested on Tuesday morning for speeding, DUI, and possession of an unlicensed handgun among other charges.

A sane person would think that the Eagles would go ahead and discipline the 25-year-old receiver and likely suspend him for at least one game for his stupidity. But that does not seem to be the case.

Philadelphia head coach Doug Peterson told the media on Wednesday that although he is not happy with what Huff did, he still expects his receiver to be on the field in Week 9 when the Eagles take on the New York Giants.

Such a great example this organization and their coach are setting for their players by potentially allowing Huff to play on Sunday. It may make some even wonder how much they can actually get away with before having to face a punishment from the team.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is not worried about his players driving around with unlicensed weapons, as long as they come to play on Sundays. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is not worried about his players driving around with unlicensed weapons, as long as they come to play on Sundays. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pederson is in his very first season as an NFL head coach, which makes it even more interesting that this is the tone he has chosen to set in his team’s locker room.

When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early September, he was also arrested for DUI. Unlike Pederson however, first year Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made a statement to the rest of his players and the team released Seferian-Jenkins less than 11 hours after his arrest.

This just goes to show what some coaches truly care about when building their team.

Some are looking for players that are also good people off of the football field. While others could care less if a player acts like an idiot on his day off, as long as he helps the team end each week with a win.