There are two things Philadelphia Eagles fans learn to do before they even learn the rules of football sometimes. They master both the arts of panic and overreaction.
If a bad guy has a bad game or even a bad quarter sometimes, he sucks, but there are also times where a guy has a great season but stinks it up for the majority of the time he’s in the City of Brotherly Love, a certain redheaded quarterback that will remain nameless for instance. He’s seen by half of the fan base as the second coming of Joe Montana, and his every mishap is the fault of someone else.
You never know what you might get when you have a disagreement with a Birds fan. One of the more intense debates over the past six or seven months has been whether Philly’s new QB1, Jalen Hurts, can play or not. Some have even thrown the towel in after four games. That’s a bit excessive, isn’t it?
Should Philadelphia Eagles fans take issue with Simms’ QB ranking?
Trusted voices like NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank believe Hurts deserves a shot (and he does). Guys who haven’t quite earned the trust of Philly’s fan base like Chris Simms recently ranked his top 4o players in the league and the Birds were shut out.
Jalen Hurts isn’t on the list. Neither is Joe Flacco. Take a look.
Here are a few things that stand out. Sure, at this point, it’s hard to argue that Jalen Hurts doesn’t need to show the Philadelphia Eagles or NFL fans more. In some respects, it would be hard to put him on this list over some of the guys that would have to be removed for his inclusion. On the other hand, five of the guys on the list have never taken a snap in the NFL.
What have Trey Lance and Mac Jones done to prove they’re better signal-callers than Hurts? How is Taysom Hill even in the top 25? Aren’t the criticisms of him identical to everyone’s reason for wanting to leave Hurts off of lists like these? When did he become a better thrower of the football than Jameis Winston?
In the end, Chris Simms got exactly what he wanted out of this one, debate. Topics like these are subjective, and in all honesty, Birds fans can only hope that Hurts uses this as motivation. We all know he isn’t interested in ‘leaving any money on the table’ (we’ve been dying to say that and finally found a way to sneak it in).
Here’s where we’ll table this discussion for now though. You can actually throw this one in the category of bold statements and predictions. There are so many quarterbacks that struggled against NFL defenses early, but in the end, Mr. Hurts is going to make so many of you eat your words.
You can best believe that he’s closer to a Russell Wilson clone to being deserving of being slotted behind some of these disappointments that Simms has chosen to stack ahead of him. Leaving him off of this list is absolutely, in a word, disrespectful.