Why Sirianni refusing to name Jalen Hurts as his QB1 isn’t a big deal

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 03: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) celebrates a touchdown in the first half during the game between the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles on January 03, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni sat down to meet with the media ahead of next week’s NFL Draft. Joined by Howie Roseman and Andy Weirdl, the former Colts offensive coordinator was always going to be asked about Jalen Hurts and the quarterback situation…but his response was a surprising one.

The Eagles have been very noncommittal when it comes to Jalen Hurts this offseason. One minute there’s a QB competition, the next, he’s their guy. From the confusing signing of Joe Flacco to the endless whispers surrounding the team’s plans to add talent to their QB room, the whole situation has been puzzling. With a chance to offer clarity ahead of Draft week, Howie Roseman was asked about the trade back from the sixth overall pick and how it pertained to Jalen Hurts.

‘We knew that three quarterbacks were going to be off the board in the first three picks.’ Roseman responded. So it allowed us to hone in on the guys available at 12. We’re gonna evaluate every player and nothing is off the table.’

Nick Sirianni was then pushed for a response specifically on what the trade meant for Jalen Hurts.

‘To name a starter at this particular time, we’ve been working with these guys for two days.” Sirianni rsaid. ‘My biggest thing is competition. It’s my second core value. Competition is a huge thing and we’re going to have competition at every position.’

In context, both Roseman and Sirianni were clearly dancing around giving Hurts the starting reins, but it’s understandable for a million reasons. From other teams gaining insight into their draft plans, to Sirianni wanting to clearly instil a very competitive culture, this shouldn’t come as a shocking revelation…although it is one that will naturally cause unrest among a fan base that has experienced nothing but chaos for the past year or so.

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