Why is Jalen Hurts being criticized for being surrounded by a great team?
If your team has a stacked roster, it diminishes the chances of winning MVP. How accurate is that really?
Clearly, Howie Roseman has done a great job this offseason and the Philadelphia Eagles roster is the most stacked and loaded roster in the NFL. Unlike last season, the Philadelphia Eagles have two top-10 pass rushers in addition to two top-10 receivers. Other teams such as Kansas City and San Francisco have strong rosters, which likely neuters this argument.
This argument that compares the strength of rosters is basically a most-valuable argument. As such, the question is whether there is a valid metric for determining how valuable a player is – specifically how valuable a quarterback is – in assisting their football team in winning games.
Jalen Hurts’ recent injury – a sprained throwing shoulder suffered in the game against the Chicago Bears has drastically changed the Vegas odds of Hurts winning MVP and of the Philadelphia Eagles clinching the NFC East and the number one seed and a first-round bye.
While Jalen Hurts’ injury is unfortunate, it might be his best argument to win MVP, as opposed to being disqualified for it. If Gardner Minshew goes into Dallas and beats the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps Parsons was right. If Gardner Minshew doesn’t defeat the Cowboys in Dallas, Jalen Hurts is the system.