Thoughts on Jalen Hurts and the Eagles trading Wentz one year later

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Hurts inconsistent play leads to the Philadelphia Eagles early struggles

Before the 2021 season began, the Eagles were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL by various football experts. After the first two months of the campaign, it appears that they would prove their critics right, and the inconsistent play of Jalen Hurts was a contributing factor to the poor start.

Hurts came out with guns blazing as he went 27 for 35 with 262 passing yards and three touchdowns in a dominating opening-day 32-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but losses to the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Chiefs followed.

Head Coach Nick Sirianni’s game plan to attack through the air wasn’t working, but once the Eagles committed themselves to establishing the ground game, things turned in the second half of the season.

As Sirianni started to incorporate the running game more into the Eagles’ game plan, the offense got rolling. Philly ended the regular season with an 8-5 record in their final 13 games, thrusting the Birds to a mark of 9-8 and a playoff berth. Hurts would rush for 900 yards and nine touchdowns over that span, and even though Philly’s season ended in the Wild Card Round with a 31-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, despite some growing pains with Hurts, he had an incredible season running with the ball as he led all quarterbacks in rushing yards (784) and rushing touchdowns (10).

Jalen also set a franchise record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season. So who won this trade? Was it the Colts or the Eagles?