The Philadelphia Eagles must surround Jalen Hurts with talent so he can succeed.
There is one big difference between the McNabb era and the Cunningham era. One had a coach that developed his natural talent. The other had a coach who ignored the offensive side of the ball.
What will Hurts get from his new coach Nick Sirianni? Nick is saying all of the right things about Hurts and the wide receivers, and he’s really pushing this young wide receiver group. McNabb and Cunningham got nothing from their wide receiver corps in their prime.
Fast forward to the present, and the Eagles have not had a wide receiver amass more than 1,000 yards receiving since the Chip Kelly era. Everyone is hopeful that DeVonta Smith will provide that spark in the passing game.
Offensive line problems hurt Cunningham. They’ve hurt Hurts. Jalen can’t be asked to run for his life and do his best to stay off of the injury list. McNabb and Cunningham got off to slow starts in their careers, but as time went on, they became better passers.
Jalen Hurts will be fine. He’s a better runner than passer at this stage of his career, but he’ll figure it out. It’s too early to tell if he’ll take Cunningham’s path or McNabb’s path, but a quarterback’s success also relies on his coach. If Nick Sirianni is what everyone hopes he is, we should see the best out of Jalen Hurts.