The Eagles’ head coach has shown belief in Hurts. Will Mike McDaniel follow suit in Miami?
Since the day he was hired, Nick Sirianni has backed Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. He almost sounds like a broken record, but he’s been as supportive as you’d like a head coach to be.
Actions speak louder than words, and if Sirianni didn’t feel like Hurts had the potential to be the right guy for the job, he wouldn’t be given the opportunity. He had the opportunity to stick with Gardner Minshew after a solid performance in the Week 13 win versus the New York Jets, and he chose not to.
Minshew even joked that he asked if he could remain under center, and Sirianni told him that he couldn’t.
Sirianni didn’t and doesn’t have to show loyalty to Hurts. After all, as mentioned, he didn’t draft him. Nick could have gone the route of finding his own guy and telling vice president/general manager Howie Roseman that he wanted a fresh start with someone of his choosing for the 2022 season, but he didn’t.
Year one was a roller-coaster ride for Sirianni in his first year as a head coach, but he rode Hurts all the way to the playoffs. That speaks volumes.