How committed should the Eagles really be to Jalen Hurts?

The quarterback situation in Philadelphia has been nothing less than a roller-coaster ride over this past year. From how the end of the 2019 season went and Carson Wentz establishing himself as an elite franchise quarterback at the time it looked like all was good in Philly. The Eagles trending back upward after the super bowl not too long ago in 2017, Carson Wentz finally playing the football us fans knew he was capable of playing in 2017, the roster looking good for the future, and the Eagles seeming to be well set up for success and competition with the top of the NFC the word worry when it came to the Philadelphia Eagles was a word not used a ton if at all. But then came the 2020 season, and it was one Eagles fans were not expecting at all. The Eagles finished 4-11-1 and with Carson Wentz regressing so far beyond the means playing some of the worst football I have ever seen from the quarterback position, in came rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. Jalen Hurts was inserted as the starting quarterback in the 3rd quarter of week 13 vs. the Green Bay Packers and was the guy for the rest of 2020. A reality no one before the season would've imagined just 16 short months ago. And with Carson Wentz now being a Colt plus the Eagles moving back from 6 to 12 in the 2021 NFL Draft it looks as clear as day that Jalen Hurts will be the guy for at least 2021. But how should we feel about this?


Jalen Hurts was drafted with the 53rd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Eagles and in 5 games (4 starts) he threw for a 52% completion percentage for 1,061 yards, 6 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, a passer rating of 77.6, and a qbr of 41. He also tallied 354 rush yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground in 2020. Not too bad for a rookie QB thrown into the fire for 5 games. With a new heavily young innovative offensive coaching staff coming in this year led by head coach Nick Sirianni all is pointing in the direction of Jalen Hurts developing into a good NFL starting quarterback.

The keyword there is good. I believe Jalen Hurts can be a good starting quarterback in the NFL. But will he ever be a great one? Will he ever be in that top 10 discussion of quarterbacks and one of the few quarterbacks in football that you believe can lead you to a championship every season. I don't buy that. Jalen Hurts ceiling to me is anywhere from the 11-15 range of quarterbacks in the league. In short, that's called slightly above average. In this NFL that doesn't cut it anymore. You need special to be great, you need dynamic to be great, you need to be different to be great. And I don't see that in Jalen Hurts. My guess is after the 2021 season the Eagles will be looking elsewhere at the quarterback position for the future. Part of me would have supported that Ian Rapoport report weeks ago about the Eagles wanting to move up to three to select Zach Wilson if they knew he would have been available. Even though Zach Wilson is my QB3 in this class, if the Eagles felt that Zach Wilson would've been a better fit for this team and they felt that he would've had more success here as the starter than Jalen Hurts, then I don't see how you wouldn't support that move to trade up. But the reality of that if that were to have been the scenario is this. First, you drafted Hurts in the second round to be your backup quarterback, not your eventual franchise guy. Following, Zach Wilson would have had to hit. You can't bail on a young quarterback and give up assets to draft another young quarterback to miss on the pick. So the realistic chance of the Eagles making that move this off-season to draft a quarterback in my opinion was slim to none.

Overall, the Eagles should let Hurts have his shot in 2021 and see what they truly have in him. If he proves his doubters wrong and is the franchise quarterback, that is the best-case scenario for the Eagles because it means this team is closer to getting back to contending. But if he ends up not being the guy, you have the assets and cap space to go trade for a big-time quarterback next year if one becomes available and you have the assets to move up in the draft next year and get your guy. What will happen? I believe the second option is the most realistic. This is one of the rare occurrences I hope I'm wrong. I hope Jalen Hurts is the guy. I love his character, his makeup, and how hard he works to be the best player he can be. I love how involved he is in the community, I love how loved he is by his teammates, and I love what he's done for the city of Philadelphia. Jalen Hurts is also my favorite college football player of all time so for all the reasons I listed above of course I am going to root for his success. And more importantly, I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan. I will never root for an Eagle to fail. It's not in my blood and I will never do it under any circumstance. But I can still have my doubts. And I certainly do with Hurts. So let's all get our popcorn ready, sit back, let this all play out and see what happens. Because that is all but a mystery. And I'm excited to see what happens.

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