Burrow’s strengths have re-emphasized the areas in which Jalen Hurts struggles.
No one questions Jalen Hurts’ ability, his maturity, his leadership, the respect his teammates have for him, or his dedication to his craft. Everyone’s questions revolve around the same things. We know what those deficiencies are. They’ve been pointed out over and over again, and if we’re being honest, they become even more glaring when we look at other great young quarterbacks, Burrow included, and see them excel in the mechanical areas that Philly’s QB1 has yet to master.
You see where this is headed right? We’re trying to be nice here, but at this point of both of their careers, Burrow’s development is beyond Hurts’, and questions are beginning to be asked about whether one’s ceiling is higher than the one belonging to the other.
Joe Burrow has turned the pressure cooker on every young quarterback in the NFL, and he’s getting killed out there. Have you seen the beatings this guy takes? Kyler Murray is on notice. So is Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, and apparently, Patrick Mahomes.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a factor now, and for every young signal-caller that’s had his organization, fan base, and media ask questions about him (Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, and everyone else), these cities and franchises that play in them aren’t going to keep asking why things are working for Joe Burrow and none of the guys that play for their teams.
Patience can be fleeting. The goal is to win. There’s a reason why we keep seeing teams invest draft picks into quarterbacks in the first round every season (and give up on them much more quickly than they used to).
Jalen Hurts is the guy… for now, but if the Eagles continue to play frustrating football and they continue to struggle to nine wins, that seat at the head of the table is going to get very warm and very quickly. If you don’t know that, there isn’t much that needs to be said to convince you. Just look at the history of this league. No one is willing to wait as long as they used to.