Former Cowboys star ranks Eagles QB Jalen Hurts ahead of Dak Prescott

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Is Dak Prescott in a better position to succeed in 2023 than he was in 2022? That was the question posed by one Mike Greenberg on ESPN’s highly popular GET UP show to what might be the lone Dallas Cowboys homer that Philadelphia Eagles fans can tolerate, Marcus Spears. Sawgu’s answer? In a word… No. Why? It’s less about what Dak Prescott has done and what he’s capable of. It’s more about the ascension of this Eagles team and its steadily-improving signal-caller, Jalen Hurts.

It didn’t take long for his Cowboys loyalty to show on the surface. He admitted, playfully, that he has grown annoyed by the hope machine that has been growing around the 2023 Eagles and its general manager, Howie Roseman. Trust us. He isn’t alone in that respect, but before we move on, how about a tip of the old cap to Spears?

We rarely hear balance and an opinion worth referencing when mentioning anyone who loves or used to play for that team in Texas. See Skip Bayless for evidence of that theory. In Swagu’s case, however, he has done both.

Marcus Spears sees Jalen Hurts as the NFC East’s top quarterback and the 2023 Eagles as a team that can be even better than it was a year ago.

Spears spent eight NFL seasons on the wrong end of the Eagles/Cowboys rivalry. These days he takes up residency as one of ESPN’s most respected and most recognizable voices for all things NFL. You must understand how big of a deal this is for him to take this approach in his theory. Reason and rationale are traits that most Cowboys fans lack. Again, see Skip Bayless for evidence.

Check out this segment from a recent ESPN GET UP  show airing.

It has been quite the 356-day period and 180-degree turn for Philly’s QB1. Just think back to this time last year. There were questions about how well Jalen Hurts could throw the forward pass, and dare we say it? Some of the Eagles contingent had even resigned themselves to thinking Russell Wilson and/or Deshaun Watson would have presented better options. What a difference a year makes, huh?

If Philadelphia Eagles fans haven’t learned anything else, it’s this. One great near-MVP campaign does not an elite NFL quarterback make. Jalen Hurts had a phenomenal second full season as the Eagles’ starter. He has a lot to be proud of, but now, he has to go and do it again.

That’s the day and time that we live in. To establish themselves as the kings of the NFC East, Philly has to establish long-term dominance over their rivals from Texas. In order to do that, they have to prove they can beat Dallas consistently.

Walking into AT&T Stadium in Arlington and walking out with a win would go a long way toward helping the cause. Philly hasn’t done that since 2017. They’re also 3-8 versus Dallas when Dak Prescott is the starter.

The Eagles finally have a team that’s complete enough to tip the balance of power in their favor. They’re the better team on paper. Now, during the coming 2023-2024 NFL season, they and Jalen Hurts have to prove they’re the best team on the field as well.