The Philadelphia Eagles came under fire for how they handled their season finale in 2020. It led to Doug Pederson being fired with Nick Sirianni taking over as head coach. Heading into the 2021 season, there were some major question marks for the team, with the quarterback position being atop the list.
Philadelphia put an end to some of that chatter when they traded Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, opening up the starting job for Jalen Hurts. Committing to Hurts ended up being the right decision, as the Eagles had a good 2021 season.
They ended up making the postseason as a Wild Card team, going 9-8. They leaned into their strengths, as they were the best running team in the NFL in 2021. Hurts is excellent with his legs and the team had a solid group of running backs in Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Jordan Howard pounding the rock.
While 2021 was a step in the right direction, the team’s performance in the Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed just how much more work they have to do. For them to take that next step, they need Hurts to become more efficient with his arm.
Entering the NFL, it was clear that Hurts’ best weapon was his legs. He was excellent at running the ball, but he sometimes left something to be desired when passing. The same trend has continued in the NFL, raising the question of how long the Eagles would commit to him.
We recently got that answer. Hurts is the quarterback in Philadelphia and the team has made sure that he knows that.
“He knows he’s our guy,” Sirianni said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer, “and we show him that with our actions day in and day out.”
It is smart for the Eagles to continue showing support for Hurts. There aren’t any options available right now that would put them in a better position to succeed, so helping him continue his development is the right thing to do.
Armed with three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Eagles could opt to add another playmaker to the mix for Hurts to throw the ball to. DeVonta Smith, their first-round pick in 2021, looks like he will pan out, but the team needs to find some more players that will produce around him.