Eagles HC Nick Sirianni praises Jalen Hurts ahead of Wild Card Round

Jalen Hurts #1, Nick Sirianni (L), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Nick Sirianni (L), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The vibe around the Philadelphia Eagles organization feels so much better than it did when this team was approaching the mid-point of the season having lost five of its first seven games. There’s a buzz around the head coach, Nick Sirianni, and there’s one that’s equally as electric whenever his second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts is mentioned.

Positive energy is in abundance at the NovaCare Complex as Philly prepares for a Sunday afternoon game on the road versus the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are led on offense by the greatest quarterback in the history of pro football, Tom Brady. From the looks of things, Coach Sirianni likes his chances

Nick Sirianni says Jalen Hurts is ready to go versus Tampa.

Anyone needing an indication of how charged up Birds fans are about this football team need only look at the past seven days. Debate raged about whether or not starters should play or sit. There was a portion of the Eagles fan base that saw this team’s decision to take its foot off of the gas, even if they did so slightly, was a gross error in judgment.

Sure, we all know how important it was to rest the starters, but losing to the Dallas Cowboys is never allowable or acceptable. In the end, the Birds were throttled in Weel 18, but no one batted an eyelash. That game had no effect on anyone’s positive energy.

Now, be honest. When was the last time you could say that about a loss to Dallas? If you don’t think people are beginning to believe that things might be looking up, think again.

It appears that Philly’s game plan is working. Guys are getting healthy. Jalen Hurts has had another week to allow that ankle to heal. In the Wednesday afternoon press conference leading up to Sunday’s Wild Card Game, Sirianni offered some high praise for his signal-caller and reconfirmed that QB1 should be ready to go versus Tampa.

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Yep! Positive vibes are everywhere. Wednesday’s practice will be handled as a walkthrough. We’ll know more about game day statuses as we near the end of Friday’s practice session.

For now, however, it appears that the Bucs, a team dealing with roster issues and injuries of its own are in for a showdown with an Eagles team that’s as healthy as it’s been in months. That should give you a reason to smile as you tackle the rest of your week.