Eagles GM Howie Roseman sat down with Nick Sirianni to field questions from reporters, closing the 2021-22 campaign after a disappointing loss to Tampa Bay. The Elephant in the room was the QB situation and it didn’t take long for Roseman to be asked for a stance.
Jalen Hurts entered the playoffs as the youngest ever quarterback to compete in a postseason game. The 23-year-old had helped fire the Eagles offense to the very top of the NFL totem pole when it came to rushing production, but as a passer, he was inconsistent and that was never more prevalent than when the team needed him to deliver most.
Hurts did get named a Pro Bowl alternate and ended the season with 3,144 yards, a 61.3% completion percentage, tossing 16 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also added 784 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, bringing a truly unique skillset to Sirianni’s offense.
With a trio of first-round picks at his disposal, and many still on the fence about the future of Jalen Hurts, it was naturally expected for Roseman to potentially explore other avenues this offseason. However, the Eagles GM was quick to double down on Hurts and endorse him as QB1 for the 2022 season.
This is all fans could ask for. There appears to be a clear direction from the top down with Jalen Hurts at the epicenter. Reports earlier in the season suggested that the Oklahoma product had won the front office over and this only further cemented that idea.
It didn’t really matter how fans viewed Hurts this offseason. What mattered was the mark he left on the coaching staff and the front office. The fact that his work ethic, character, leadership, and intangibles all helped steal the hearts of a GM once besotted with Russell Wilson, should induce confidence that instead of looking to trade for the Seahawks QB, he’s looking to grow his own version.
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