Nick Saban thinks Jalen Hurts is the right fit in Philadelphia

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Eagles rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts will be expected to accept that he’s a backup to Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. He’ll also be expected to play a different style than Wentz when he does get on the field. Nick Saban thinks Hurts is the right man for the job, on both counts.

Saban told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network that Hurts, who accepted being demoted behind Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama before transferring to Oklahoma, can handle being a backup.

“Jalen Hurts is a great person,” Saban said. “He was a great player here. He went through unprecedented adversity here. I mean who has gone 26-2 as a starter and then all of a sudden was a backup quarterback because of Tua? The guy handled it extremely well, showed great maturity.”

Saban thinks Hurts can step in for Wentz, if necessary, and be successful, just as Nick Foles was previously.

“I think there are a lot of quarterbacks that are having success in the NFL that are outside the old-fashioned prototype dropback passer that are having success,” Saban said. “Jalen has proven that he can win at the position. He won here, he won at Oklahoma. It’s a different style of play, maybe. I think Philly is really good at this. They threw some RPO type plays, moved the pocket a little bit when Foles had to play and had a lot of success doing that. I think Jalen can play that style really well.”

The role Hurts will have in Philadelphia remains to be seen, but a coach who knows him well believes he’s going to be ready for whatever the Eagles’ coaches throw at him.

10 responses to “Nick Saban thinks Jalen Hurts is the right fit in Philadelphia

  1. Already better than the Dallas backup qb, Sak Prescott. Never even taken the field and only one playoff win behind the 40 million dollar waterboy.

  2. And he knows everything, as he hides in college. Lot of that going around.

  3. I really think Hurts is going to surprise people… all he’s ever done is win. Plus he seems to have a great attitude. I look forward to seeing his career take off in the the pros.

  4. Hurts is a better version of Wentz. He is stronger, more durable, and takes better care of the football. He will not be a backup in Philadelphia for long.

  5. Has Saban ever said anything negative about one of his former players in public?

    Didn’t think so.

  6. Jalen Hurts threw for 3,851 yards at Oklahoma last year. CeeDee Lamb had 1,327 yards receiving. That’s 34% of his yardage to one receiver who was arguably the best receiver in College Football. He averaged 11 yards after the catch on a yards per target of 15. He had ONE 50/50 ball, which in college just means a guy is within arms length, for the entire year that was over 20 yards. This QB has a noodle arm with 4.6 speed. Jalen Hurts is going to get Howie Roseman fired.

  7. Wait…….hold on………

    Someone posted that Hurts is better than Tua? And 11 people agreed. Maybe I’m remembering wrong but I’m pretty sure Tua took the job from Hurts. One played in the SEC the other played in the BIG 1(2). Is my TV different than everyone else’s?

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