1. Jalen Hurts has a year of experience in the Eagles’ system.
The Philadelphia Eagles added a lot of new pieces to the team in 2021. It was the first year featuring Jalen Hurts as the permanent starter, one that also doubled as Nick Sirianni and his coaching staff’s first run.
2021 also saw the departures of a few tenured Eagles, including Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Mills, and Zach Ertz, the latter being traded during the season. Travis Fulgham, considered a breakout player and one of the Eagles’ best receivers in 2020, never even made the roster.
Roster turnover like this usually correlates with failure as there are usually a lot of kinks that the new coaching staff and players will have to work through. We saw this at the beginning of the Eagles’ season. Things didn’t go according to plan.
They notched two wins and five losses in their first seven games. Philly stayed the course. Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts showed their adaptability and ambition to succeed, and they ended up winning seven more games. That catapulted them into the playoffs.
Momentum won’t take as long to build as it took last season. Sirianni now knows his team’s strengths. Hurts, for the first time since he was a freshman at Alabama, will enjoy the benefit of being in the same system for a second consecutive season. That’s major. The Eagles are likely to improve on their progress from last year and succeed under their quarterback.