Jalen Hurts provides Eagles with a silver lining amidst trade rumor chaos

While the football world is waiting to see whether or not Carson Wentz could be involved in the NFL’s next blockbuster trade, it’s important to remember why Wentz is being so comfortably shopped right now – Jalen Hurts.

The future of the Eagles currently lies in the hands of Jalen Hurts. Drafted in the second round of last years’ draft, the immediate reaction to his arrival was one of confusion. To this day, debates surrounding the decision to take Hurts echo through the City of Philadelphia, but regardless of the reasoning, the pick has oddly given the Eagles a lifeline.

Usually, teams that are in a rut like the Eagles will end up with nothing when a big-time player wants to leave. For example, if the Houston Texans begrudgingly say goodbye to Deshaun Watson then they’ll be searching for a QB come April. Instead, if Howie Roseman plays his cards right then the team could be in line for a quick retool instead of a rebuild.

There’s a lot more upside to Jalen Hurts than there is a downside. A stark contrast to both the personality and playing-style of Carson Wentz, the second-year QB was dropped into the deep end in week 12 last season and never really looked back.

The command that Hurts had in the huddle was impressive for a rookie, but that shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The confidence exuded by Jalen Hurts every step of the way along his journey to Philadelphia and through his rookie season has been infections and loud, as opposed to the quieter approach from Carson Wentz.

Although the Eagles only won a single game with the Oklahoma product, the promise he showed was plentiful. In the four games that Hurts started, he threw for 5 touchdowns, 4 picks, and 919 passing yards. Throwing for over 300 yards in back-to-back games proved to the world that he could sling it with the big boys despite some clear quarterbacking flaws that led to three interceptions during that span.

Hurts was inconsistent when it came to his decision-making and accuracy. There were a few too many times where he chose to take off out of sheer instinct and missed the open receiver. All of these things are fixable though, especially with the new staff that Nick Sirianni has built for the offense.

Jalen Hurts didn’t go out and lay constant duds as a rookie without preseason and a limited training camp. He ignored the noise and despite showing some clearly raw fundamentals, was able to do some dazzling things and provide a spark of life in a previously dying offense, igniting one last push for a playoff berth.

The fact that teammates reacted so badly to the benching of Hurts in week 17, a meaningless game in terms of a playoff perspective, should tell you everything you need to know.

It’s easy to assume that Nick Sirianni and his band of merry men were hired to fix Wentz, but it seems that Sirianni will get a fresh start with a QB that isn’t scarred by his past relationship.

While all the attention on the team right now is placed solely on the Carson Wentz whirlwind, the fact that his successor is already in place is a gleaming positive…even if his drafting was part of the chain-reaction that brought us here.

For better, or worse, Jalen Hurts looks poised to show the NFL that he can be a franchise QB and Sirianni would be wise to ride that wave of confidence in his first season.

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2 thoughts on “Jalen Hurts provides Eagles with a silver lining amidst trade rumor chaos

  1. Joey….I disagree that Hurts hasn’t proven anything yet. I think he has proven that with limited snaps with the first unit and no OTA’s or camp, as a rookie he came in and showed a ton of potential, which is what Wentz showed in his college career. All the flaws that Hurts showed, are very fixable. With good coaching, which it seems from reports he loves, those mechanics and running through all his reads can be corrected. If you think about Hurts completing only 50% more of his passes, his completion % will jump to near what it was in college. Coaching those flaws will result in that. Hurts will have learned the speed of the game and will now adjust by off-season work.

    It’s not so much a risky move to trade Wentz, it’s the only move. Wentz has not said a word since the season ended. He has not said he looks forward to next year, getting back to the player he was…that he wants to stay an Eagle, that he looks forward to the competition with Hurts…all the things that you want your starter to say. Maybe the Eagles are aware of what they have in Wentz. Maybe they on the inside have more insight as to Wentz’s attitude. Maybe they realize they created a monster by giving Wentz too much freedom and say by allowing Wentz to decide which play to call, input on draft picks, etc. Maybe they realized a season ago, that they better have a backup plan other than Nate Sudfeld and decided to pull the trigger on Hurts.

    Everyone is left to assume what they will, because Wentz has said nothing. Sometimes it isn’t what you say, it’s more what you don’t say. IMHO, the advantage that Wentz has over Hurts is size and arm strength. Hurts however offers something Wentz doesn’t and that’s the ability to run. That trait, makes Hurts the more dangerous player. Look at how many QB’s in the league have that ability. I have mentioned before that Hurts had more rushing yards in 3 1/2 games than Wentz had in his best year. If you extrapolate all of Hurtz’s stats over a full season, you wind up with 4244 yds. passing and 1416 yds. rushing. His completion % and interceptions being the same, and his interceptions would figure out at 12. Wentz’s best season in 2019, he had 4039 yds. passing and his best rushing year was 2017 with 299. Think of how much that will improve if he is the starter and he gets starter coaching. The % will go way up and the interceptions will go down as he gets better. If he gets to 60-63% completion, cuts the interceptions by 1/3 down to 9 and throws 18-20 TD’s and can contribute over 4000 yds. passing and close to 1000 yds. rushing every season…I’ll take that any day of the week.

  2. I like Jalen but he has proven nothing yet. Very risky move to trade Wentz but they are only doing it at Carson’s request.

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