Here’s something to hang your hat on as Philadelphia Eagles fans.
3. Hurts will eventually outshine Wentz as a player and leader.
This one stings for some of you, but every Eagles fan had a gut feeling that Jalen Hurts‘ era had begun when Doug Pederson made the decision to bench Wentz versus the Packers. We saw how competitive Jalen Hurts was immediately.
Hurts came into the organization, knowing there was a clear-cut starter, a QB the organization loved and paid handsomely during the offseason, and he won. Whether Hurts got in Wentz’s head or not, may forever remain a mystery, but one thing is clear.
Hurts outperformed Wentz and won the starting job. The stories of his competitiveness continue; head coach Nick Sirianni has discussed on multiple occasions that Hurts is looking to get better, to take that next step. Meanwhile, while Wentz was in town, he had a knack for liking QB coaches who were softer on him, like Mike Groh, even if it negatively affected his performance.
Hurts came into camp this year and was ready to compete with Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens for the starting QB job, even if it was all but secured. Hurts will eventually take that leap and outshine Wentz, hopefully becoming the next big name in Philly.
To some, whether the Philadelphia Eagles actually won the Wentz trade is still to be decided, but the case continues to get stronger. Even if the Philadelphia Eagles only land a second-rounder in 2022 and even if Wentz goes on to have MVP-like seasons and Super Bowl wins on the horizon, Eagles fans should move on from Wentz and be excited to have second-year QB Jalen Hurts at the helm.