Is it unfair to expect Jalen Hurts to take another leap this season with the Eagles?
The hype surrounding Jalen Hurts and his remarkable ascent is warranted.
However, we must ask ourselves: is placing such high expectations on him fair?
This offseason, everyone had the chance to reflect on what Hurts accomplished this past season. With that in mind, it becomes difficult to comprehend Hurts taking another leap after the giant steps he took this past year.
Hurts has defied all odds and continued to push the goalposts on all the limiting beliefs placed on him. Hurts finished second in the MVP race trailing only Patrick Mahomes, and guided his team to the Super Bowl. Given his exceptional work ethic, it is almost certain that he will continue to improve.
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Hurts was so good last season that if he were to replicate his numbers, it would place him back in the MVP conversation. Throughout the regular season and postseason, only one quarterback outperformed him. Some argue that Hurts even outshined the once-in-a-lifetime talent of Patrick Mahomes during the Chiefs vs. Eagles Super Bowl matchup. The bar has been set incredibly high, and Hurts has proven that he can compete with anyone in the league.
It’s still hard to believe the transformation we witnessed of a player that many thought would be a career-long backup with the Philadelphia Eagles or any other franchise. With all that said, is it unfair to expect Jalen Hurts to take another leap this season? What is the “leap” anyway? Does getting back to the big game and winning the Super Bowl count? That is determined by a lot of factors outside of Hurt’s control.
Philadelphia Eagles fans will tell you they don’t care about Hurts winning an MVP award or setting some statistical record. They want their team to hoist that Lombardi trophy at the end of the season. Getting that done will take all 22 starters, coaches, health, and some good fortune.
While quarterback is the most important position in sports, I assure you there’s no better leader than Jalen Hurts himself to enter back into the fire season after season.
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