Say what you want about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. You can question whether or not his near-Heisman Trophy-winning season at Oklahoma with the Sooners was mostly attributable to the fact that he was beating up on Big-12 defenses. You can question some of the decision-making and ball placement in his first playoff appearance. You can even throw out a few arguments for bringing someone in to create competition (or controversy) at the quarterback position, but there’s one thing about Jalen that no one will ever question.
From the shoulders up, he’s everything that you want in your starting signal-caller. Heck, Jalen is the type of guy that many men hope their daughters grow up and marry. If Michael Vick, with that arm and all of that athletic ability, would have come into the NFL with the same focus that Hurts has, he would have never left Atlanta, and he would have been a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
We don’t question Hurts’ work ethic or his mental acumen and football IQ. We question things like whether or not his deep ball will ever be more consistent than it currently is. We question how long this maturation process will take, but again, no one questions whether or not Jalen is working.
Remember that time he went to the weight room immediately after Oklahoma’s win over South Dakota? You do remember that he won that game, right?
Hurts’ desire to succeed is just as much a part of his makeup and who he is as his last name, and it appears, he’s already in the lab and getting ready for 2022.
Jalen Hurts is ‘going back to Cali’ to work with a throwing coach.
How did you like that ‘going back to Cali’/ LL Cool J reference? We’ve been looking for a way to throw that in somewhere, and that was the opportunity to do so. Truthfully, we don’t know when the last time Jalen Hurts visited California was, but it sounds cool. Anyway, we digress.
The point is this. QB1’s been hanging out in California. We learned that from Nick Sirianni during his most recent presser, one that took place at the NFL’s annual league meeting. Here’s that presser in its entirety.
Let’s restate those comments about Hurts:
"I go back to the type of guys that maximize their football potential, and one of the common denominators of those guys is they have high character. They have high football IQ. They love football. They’re tough, and they’re competitive. Jalen is all of those things. So, Jalen is working on trying to get every angle he can to get better. So, whether that’s working with a quarterback guy or studying film, he’s doing everything (that) he can do to get better."
No one’s surprised. Year three of the Jalen Hurts experience is scheduled for the 2022-2023 NFL season. We’ll see how things begin to play out when we get there. We should have a lot to talk about (as always).
QB1 appears to be getting that rent money ready for the start of the new regular season. Something tells us that he won’t be late with the payments.