Lesser-mentioned, intriguing theories related to Jalen Hurts MVP candidacy

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Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
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Why do we discuss Jalen Hurts’ postseason success when this is a regular-season award?

Historically, the MVP award has often been given to the quarterback leading the team with the best record. It’s a regular-season award that has nothing to do with postseason success. If history is a guide, Jalen Hurts should win the MVP based on that fact alone as he has led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 13-1 record, a postseason berth, and hopefully a Super Bowl win.

Jalen Hurts failed to measure up to the high standard that was placed on him during a few games last season. The most notable came on Wild Card Weekend, but again that was the postseason. That was also last season. None of that has anything to do with his current campaign.

Sure, Philadelphia was thrashed by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs were both very aggressive on defense and acted in a very deliberate way to limit the impact of Hurts’ athleticism to the point where “Hurts couldn’t read the field” became a valid criticism at the time.

For both Philadelphia Eagles fans and members of the local and national media, that loss left an awful taste in people’s mouths, and until Jalen Hurts wins a playoff game, some of the people that still prescribe to that theory will be slow to buy in.