Once Super Bowl LVII arrives, and the Philadelphia Eagles finally take the field to battle the Kansas City Chiefs, more than eight weeks will have passed since Jalen Hurts sustained a shoulder injury at Soldier Field versus the Chicago Bears. We have all watched him as he’s traveled the winding road called recovery. Ladies and gentlemen, QB1 has reached the top of the mountain, one he, his coaches, and his teammates share with Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Here’s the thing. Only one team can stay there.
These teams mirror each other in so many ways. They share identical records. They scored the same number of points. Neither of their starting quarterbacks is totally healthy.
Still, even with that being said, we expect Hurts and Mahomes to give it their all. Recently Pro Football Focus took a deep dive into a few theories on whether or not Jalen is playing well enough to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory. Check that one out when you have a moment. Here’s what they list as the keys to his success:
- High-percentage completions
- Stay safe late in plays when throwing, or finally unleash Hurts’ scrambling
- Take deep shots when schematically available instead of forcing them
We can all agree with that. Let’s hope he’s healthy enough and ready to recreate some of the magic that we have seen when his shoulder wasn’t an issue.
More Eagles news: Reporters and fans apologize.
Let’s be honest. Whether you doubted Jalen Hurts or supported him (and we were among the latter grouping), we all had questions about where QB1 would ascend to in 2022.
Did we believe he’d be deserving of the MVP trophy and on the verge of being one of the main reasons his team had a chance to win a Super Bowl? Truthfully, we did. We just didn’t think that it would happen this quickly. Thank goodness we were wrong, but here’s where we’ll pat ourselves on the back.
At least we weren’t as doubtful as the guy in this tweet or of the mindset that, if we were, we would have thought we needed to make an event out of the apology.
Here’s your transcript if some of that was confusing. Chris Franklin is our guy. He’s solid, but we realize the headline doesn’t match the events of the recording.
- Reporter: “I gotta admit, I didn’t think the Eagles would get to the Super Bowl with you as their Quarterback.”
- Jalen: “You’re not the only one.”
- Reporter: “So I just wanted to tell you man to man.. I’m sorry.”
- Jalen: “Cool.”
Hey, you never know what you’ll get at Super Bowl Opening Night. Truthfully, we thought we’d get to hear Jordan Mailata sing… Who knows maybe he did (we missed that if that’s the case), but we’ll tell you one thing. Here’s where we’ll close. That would have been a lot more comfortable than sitting in on this conversation. Sheesh…