Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Legitimate reasons to consider starting Jalen Hurts

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1. Be honest Philadelphia Eagles fans. Who has the better mechanics?

There was a theory about Nick Foles when he had his magical run through both the 2017 and 2018 NFL seasons. That theory was this. From a talent standpoint, Carson Wentz was obviously the better quarterback. Wentz, if he’s on top of his game, has an Aaron Rodgers or a Dak Prescott quality to his game. 11 is in the same category as those guys that can make plays that few others can make.

Foles didn’t have that skill set. Foles needed to rely on the system. He had to rely on coaching. Foles isn’t going to elude pressure and scramble. Here’s the thing though.

Wentz’s improvisation has been an issue as of late. Why? He’s either decided that this team can’t win unless he’s the reason why or he isn’t getting the coaching he needs (or both). Sure, there’s the argument that ‘if you’re going to get those big plays, you have to live with some of the bad ones’, but those highlight-reel moments we keep talking about normally came in an Eagles loss. These days, extending the play probably means a turnover is coming.

With Jalen Hurts, coaches get the best of both worlds. You get the superior athlete. You get the guy that’s easy to coach. Once upon a time, Hurts was the captain of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive ship. The narrative was he was immensely talented but he couldn’t throw. Then, he transferred to the Oklahoma Sooners and met Lincoln Riley. No one’s talking about his limitations as a passer anymore are they?

For a second, just pretend that you’ve never seen Wentz or Hurts before last season. Who’s more coachable? Who takes better care of the ball? Who has the better deep ball? Who has the better mechanics?

Ladies and gentlemen, right now the answer to that question is not Carson Wentz.