Okay, let’s do a roll call as Philadelphia Eagles fans. There’s been a lot of talk about the new coaching staff and for good reason. Unfortunately, the majority of what we’ve heard has been less about Xs and Os and has, instead, focused on how wacky the head coach, Nick Sirianni, is.
Okay, the guy clearly doesn’t drink decaf, but come on. Aren’t you starting to like the guy? Hasn’t the criticism gotten out of hand? Let’s move on.
We’ve talked about the new Eagles rookies. We’ve talked about when Philly might have Landon Dickerson put pen to paper (at the time of this story being written and published, he’s Philly’s lone unsigned draftee). We’ve even talked about the Zach Ertz trade rumors.
Who are we forgetting? Hmmm. How about a Jalen Hurts mention? We haven’t brought him up in, what, a day or two?
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If you spend your days and nights hunting for content on the Philadelphia Eagles, you’ve, no doubt, run across a Reuben Frank story from time to time. He’s one of those walking Eagles encyclopedias.
Recently, in Roob’s observations (those are always fun), Frank shared a stat that you might be unfamiliar with. He’s good at that you know. Here’s something fun that you may not have known about Jalen Hurts.
"Jalen Hurts is one of only six quarterbacks in NFL history (and the only rookie) to record three straight games with a touchdown pass and 60 rushing yards. He also averaged at least 5.5 yards per rush in each of those games. The only other players in NFL history with three straight games with a TD pass, 60 rushing yards, and a 5.5 average at any point in their career are Tobin Rote in 1951, Randall Cunningham in 1990, Michael Vick in 2004, and Lamar Jackson in 2019. Hurts did it in his first three starts. I’m telling you, give this kid a chance."
Much has been made about the limitations everyone saw from Jalen Hurts during the early part of his college football career and during the first four starts of his NFL career. Everyone calm down. It’s the NFL. Ineffective play from young guys and veterans happens from time to time. He’ll be fine.
Sure, he was 1-4. That gets brought up a lot too, but ask yourselves how you’d feel about him right now had he been given a shot to win by his team. What if Philly’s coaches and leadership wouldn’t have short-circuited that final game?
What if Hurts had been allowed to finish the game? What if they would have won and Hurts would have been 2-2 in four starts but heading into the offseason with a win? How would you feel about him then? It changes everything, doesn’t it?
The long and the short of it is this. Roob knows what he’s talking about and can be trusted. If he says Jalen Hurts deserves an opportunity, that should be good enough for the rest of us. If he’s allowed to take his lumps and grow from them, he could be something truly special.