It seems like it’s been forever since the Philadelphia Eagles walked off of Lincoln Financial Field and tried to convince us that they had inserted Nate Sudfeld into the lineup of a game that they had a real chance of winning because they wanted to get him some snaps. At the time of this story being written and published, Philly is less than ten days from beginning their next training camp, and this team looks a lot different than they did back in January.
Doug Pederson, the only coach that has ever led this team to a Super Bowl, is gone. So is the guy he was told would be his defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. If you’ll remember, Jim was Howie Roseman’s hire, not Doug’s.
Either way, that’s neither here nor there because this is Nick Sirianni’s show now, and he’s brought a bunch of new coaching faces with him. It should be fun getting to know these guys in 2021.
Despite Philly getting Sudfeld that much-needed playing time in Week 17 last season, they’ve decided to let him go. Carson Wentz is gone too. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens to join the quarterback room in their places, but Jalen Hurts is still here. He walks into camp as QB1, and just to drive the point home, he’s changed his jersey number from the familiar number 2 to number 1. Coincidence? We think not!
Philadelphia Eagles fans need to watch this Jalen Hurts hype video.
Bring Jalen Hurts’ name up in a conversation, and the subject matter isn’t much different from what it was well over six months ago: His completion percentage is too low. Philly lost three straight games to close the season, so clearly, those bad games weren’t on Carson Wentz (Yeah right, but still this is what people are saying). Oh, and then, there’s this one. Jalen Hurts eventually needs to become, at minimum, as accomplished a passer as he is a scrambler.
While there’s some credence to all of that, Hurts has to be allowed his opportunity to grow. The belief that he can’t is asinine. The lack of confidence that so many have in his ability is a trait that he doesn’t share. Recently, he dropped a hype video via his Instagram account. Check this one out if you haven’t seen it.
There’s a word for that folks, and that word is swagger.
Sure, you’re absolutely right. If the Philadelphia Eagles are going to be great, much of the reason for that will have to rest in the fact that Jalen Hurts has elevated his game. Yes, it is also true that no team will ever win consistently in the NFL if their signal-caller is completing passes at a 52-percent clip. Relax though. Some of you are out of control, and you overreact to everything.
Most of your great quarterbacks struggled early. Russell Wilson was carried by the Legion of Boom. Tom Brady wasn’t necessarily setting the world on fire at first. Donovan McNabb relied on his legs more often than his arm earlier in his career. It’s the NFL guys and gals. Opposing defenses are skilled enough to make some of these guys look ineffective at times.
Hurts is going to be just fine. He’s started four games, and had he had an opportunity to play that last one out, he probably would have finished the season with a .500 record as a starter, and we’d be having an entirely different conversation had he done so. You can take that one to the bank for some cash.