Nick Sirianni discusses Eagles’ quarterback situation moving into 2022 offseason
Almost everyone in Philadelphia went into yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers hopeful about the Eagles’ future, mainly at quarterback. That mindset has changed following their 31-15 loss, led by poor play from Jalen Hurts.
Hurts threw two interceptions and couldn’t do anything right until the game was already out of reach. This team has a long offseason ahead of them, and it’s doubtful the Eagles will make a change just off one game, especially after some clear progression from Hurts during the regular season.
Hurts threw for 3,144 yards on the season alongside 16 touchdowns. While he was okay in the passing game, Hurts made his name through his rushing attack. The Eagles QB ran for 784 yards on an outstanding 5.6 yards per carry, shattering the team’s quarterback rushing touchdown record with 10 TDs.
What was most noteworthy was Hurts’ inability to give up. Philadelphia started the year 2-5, with numerous reports circulating about a potential replacement for hurts this offseason. Instead of giving up, Hurts led the Eagles to an impressive second half of the season, winning seven of their least ten games.
It looks good on paper, but these games were against losing teams, outside of the New Orleans Saints. Beating up teams like the Lions and Broncos isn’t impressive, but the resilience to not give up helped convince fans Hurts was their QB of the future.
Following their loss, Nick Sirianni was asked about the Eagles’ quarterback room and didn’t have anything bad to say.
“I feel really good with what we have in place at the QB position. He had a great year.”
This is usually how these comments go but, you never know.
For example, Frank Reich last week threw Carson Wentz under the bus following their Week 18 loss.
It’s unknown what the future holds for Hurts, but it’s good to see that his coach has his back. Even if the fans believe he can still succeed, history has shown Howie Roseman will be quick to move on from Hurts, despite having a great first season. Every time Hurts has struggled in a game, another report leaks stating the team’s interest in another quarterback.
If the Eagles decide to move on, the most likely scenario is holding onto Hurts for one more season and pushing their assets in to draft a player like Bryce Young in 2023. There is no clear-cut solution available this offseason, with Russell Wilson looking the worst he ever has in his career.
One thing to note is Hurts left Tampa with a boot on his foot but stated he hopes he doesn’t need surgery. The boot was likely for the sprained ankle he had dealt with for the second half of the season. Despite that, it’s something to keep an eye on as we move into the offseason.
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