Philadelphia Eagles name their starter: 2 Important storylines to discuss

Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
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2. Expect the Philadelphia Eagles to play better with Hurts under center.

If you aren’t paying close attention, you might have missed something. Even if you were watching at home and not on the sideline, you had to see that the coaches were more involved with Hurts on the sideline than they’ve ever been with Wentz this season.

You had to notice the body language of everyone on both sides of the ball changed. You had to notice that this team picked up their energy level when Number 2 stepped in for Number 11 in the third quarter. Sure, Philly lost anyway. Heck, again, they’re probably going to lose in Week 13. This isn’t a good football team, but didn’t everyone play better? Didn’t you get a sudden burst of energy?

Call it a crazy theory, but you can make the argument that, if Carson Wentz is still in the game at quarterback when Jalen Reagor is back to take that punt, Reagor probably calls a fair catch. He didn’t. He scored.

In a little over a quarter and a half of football, this team played like they cared. They haven’t done that for Carson Wentz in weeks. Call it a crazy theory, but all of those theories about anonymous quotes and Wentz being a bad teammate don’t seem like isolated incidents anymore, do they?

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No one’s saying that 11 is a bad guy, but think about something. This played harder for Nick Foles. They built a shrine in the locker room to Nick Foles when he left. Does anyone feel like they’re doing the same thing for Carson Wentz when he leaves? Expect a better effort in this game by a team that seemingly adores Jalen hurts as a teammate.