Time for the Eagles to admit Jalen Hurts isn’t the guy
There were a lot of lessons learned down in Tampa on Sunday. We learned that Jalen Reagor needs to find a new line of work, that Tom Brady isn’t allowed to get touched, but most importantly, Jalen Hurts is not talented enough to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.
I don’t want to come across as being reactionary,but that was the absolute worst performance by an Eagles quarterback in a playoff scenario I’ve ever seen. Keep in mind I’m including Josh McCown. Seriously.
Head Coach Nick Sirianni gave Jalen Hurts a vote of confidence after the game.
I’m well aware that I’m just spitting in the wind here. Nick Sirianni pretty much came out and said Jalen Hurts was the quarterback moving forward after the game:
“I feel good with what we have in place right here at the quarterback position,” the coach said. “I thought he had a great year and he came a long way. And that’s what I expect from Jalen, just because of the type of football character he has, the type of character he has, the toughness he has, the love for football that he has. I can’t say enough good things about Jalen the player (and the person). So, I feel good about him. I know again, this was the game that none of us are going to be satisfied with, me, him, multiple guys on that football team, but I’m really pleased with how he came along this year and the leader he is on this football team.”via NFL.com
The Eagles are uniquely positioned to make a Super Bowl run if they find the right quarterback.
In spite of his head coach’s delusions, Jalen Hurts made it clear Sunday he is not a starting quarterback. There will be people that will point to his final stat line and explain he threw for more yards in his playoff game (258) than Joe Burrow threw for in his (244). Let’s not play that game. You all know those yards came in garbage time.
The Hurts defenders will go on and on about how it’s not fair to move on because Carson Wentz was given three years after his ACL injury. I’m as chafed by how things went down with Wentz as anybody, but isn’t the reason things went so bad with him because the Eagles waited too long to move on? What has Hurts shown us to make us think he can come back from this and be better next year?
We watched him miss open receivers and settle for check downs all day. The defense held the Bucs to 17 points in the first half, but every time Hurts got the ball, he sputtered. As the half wound down and he had a chance to score, he threw a back-breaking interception when he under threw DeVonta Smith in the endzone.
The Buccaneers had a stout run defense all year. Hurts needed to be able to stretch the field, or at least threaten to stretch the field in order to set up the run. He could do neither of those things. Tampa practically played goal line defense all day and dared Hurts to beat them. He simply could not.
We all had fun getting indignant on Hurts’ behalf every time he got knocked by the national press this past week. I get it, it’s fun to be the underdog. You know what’s even more fun? Having a quarterback that can hit a wide open receiver. Spare me with this nonsense about it being his first playoff start too. Guess who else had their first playoff start this weekend? Joe Burrow. How lost did he look? Or did he look like a competent starter? You tell me:
The Eagles can’t focus on Hurts’ ceiling when his floor is so low.
The Eagles have three first round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. They would have to be crazy to not consider moving on from Hurts if they find themselves in a position to get Kenny Pickett or even Matt Corral. They can’t afford to spend years chasing the mirage of what Jalen Hurts could become. We know what he is right now. That should be more than enough to move on.
Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio