Initially, he thought it was an April Fool's joke, because he had just come from a two-hour meeting with the new Eagles coach, Kuharich. "We talked about what needed to be done," Jurgensen said of an Eagles team that had had an even sorrier 1963 record 2-10-2 than the Redskins. "It was a very positive meeting. A trade was the furthest thing from my mind. I had no clue."
In three years as the regular Eagles quarterback, Jurgensen had amassed impressive numbers. His 3,723 yards passing in 1961 set a league record. He threw 32 touchdown passes that first season. Under pressure once, he flipped the ball behind his back and completed the throw. He and the team were much less effective the next two seasons and when the won-lost record plummeted, the Philadelphia boo-birds went after him in full fury.