Eagles QB Jalen Hurts sends strong message to teammates as they wrap up OTAs
What’s done is done. Dwelling on the past is unhealthy in any capacity, especially in the Eagles’ case as they attempt to rebound from their loss in Super Bowl 57.
That’s the message QB Jalen Hurts relayed to his teammates as they wrapped up their final OTA session at the NovaCare Complex Thursday afternoon.
“Thinking about it holistically, last year is over,” Hurts said Thursday. “Anything that we were able to do last year … nothing that’s been done prior will get us to where we want to be now.”
The Eagles did everything but win the Super Bowl last season. Several players set franchise records, they won the most regular season games in franchise history, and they dominated the postseason until the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 57. It was a tragic end to an otherwise perfect season.
Through all the highs and lows of the Eagles’ 2022 campaign, there were plenty of lessons to be learned along the way. Like Hurts said in his Super Bowl postgame presser, “You either win, or you learn.”
He continued emphasizing that point when speaking with the media on Thursday.
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“There are a ton of experiences that we definitely documented and deposited in the bank to learn from — and we will learn from and have learned from — but it’s a day-by-day thing,” he said. “It’s the truth. Every team has their own opportunity to do something special, and this is a whole entire new team. That’s something we’re all embracing. That’s something I’ve embraced. It takes a special type of discipline and work to achieve what you want to achieve. You have to completely reset that but also allow the things you’ve experienced to fuel you, fuel that fire, and grow.”
The worst thing any Super Bowl loser – or a winner, for that matter – can do, is try and replicate it to a tee the following season. Philadelphia learned this lesson after they won Super Bowl 52. Howie Roseman tried to keep the entire team in tact and we all know how it eventually played out.
This offseason was different. There will be plenty of familiar faces roaming the Eagles sidelines, sure, but the team is going to have to rely on a lot of young, unproven talent as well. Even with the constant presence of Jalen Hurts at the helm, this is a new team.
Even so, the Eagles are going to be one of the favorites to take the NFC crown and return to the Super Bowl this season. With all the lessons that have been engrained from last season, hopefully the ending will be a happier one this time around.
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