Nick Sirianni: Jalen Hurts is our starter

NFL: AUG 12 Preseason - Steelers at Eagles
Getty Images

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has finally decided to state the obvious — Jalen Hurts is Philadelphia’s QB1.

“Jalen knows nobody else got any reps with the 1’s so you could really argue that we named our starter a while ago,” Sirianni said Tuesday, via Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Jalen’s our starter. I consistently saw a player that got better every single day. He did exactly what we wanted him to do.”

It has been plainly clear from the outset that Hurts would be the Eagles’ starter entering the 2021 season, but to this point, Sirianni just hadn’t said it out loud. The quarterback didn’t play much in the preseason to preserve his health, but did lead the club to a scoring drive in the first preseason game against Pittsburgh.

Last year, Hurts compiled a 1-3 record as a starter for Philadelphia after the club selected him in the second round of the draft. Overall, Hurts completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 354 yards with three touchdowns.

Hurts will have a chance to make his case as a franchise quarterback. But the Eagles do have a pair of first-round picks that could become three if Carson Wentz played enough snaps for the Colts this season.

21 responses to “Nick Sirianni: Jalen Hurts is our starter

  1. Cam Newton would be a better match up,as a back up QB,skill set wise to Jalen Hurts than Joe Flacco…Yes?

  2. One of the biggest problems with the Pederson coaching staff was that very few players developed. It wasn’t just on offense but on defense as well. If some of the younger guys who are holdovers can show improvement and argument could be made that the last coaching staff was just lousy at developing talent.

    That said, Hurts should’ve been named the starter weeks ago. Joe Flacco should never play in the NFL again, he’s that bad.

  3. Cam Newton would be a better match up,as a back up QB..
    ———–
    Cam Newton would be a better starter than Jalen Hurts!

  4. YES YES YES. I told my buddies he was going to be the steal of the draft because his legs can get him where he needs to go faster allowing him more time to read the coverage (his drop back speed is just amazing)and he has the arm to get the ball there. Whose laughing now CLOWNS (as I send you all the PFT link to your emails). I was spot on.
    Starter 8ithes.

  5. NH pats said Cam Newton would be an mvp candidate for the Patriots this year hahahahahahaha!!!!

  6. The Eagle will have a short leash with Flacco if Hurts get injured. Minshew is much better suited to run the team.

  7. “Joe Flacco should never play in the NFL again, he’s that bad.” I don’t know about that. He looked pretty good the other night. His stats in the preseason were excellent. We need to stop following the “narrative” and watch the games. Joe Flacco looked to be a starting caliber QB to me.

  8. “Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has finally decided to state the obvious — Jalen Hurts is Philadelphia’s QB1”

    Yet, there have been several articles on here saying the eagles need to announce who their starter is. Why? When everyone already knew.

  9. Such a weird process for the Eagles. Ditch your SB-winning QB & coach, then alienate your franchise QB by drafting Hurts so early. Then, just as Hurts is getting ready to start his first full season, you sign Minshew, a young QB (only in the league 1 year longer than Hurts) with a much stronger track record of success, as his backup.

    It’s like they are doing all they can to avoid stability or confidence.

  10. kevpft says:
    August 31, 2021 at 7:03 pm
    Such a weird process for the Eagles. Ditch your SB-winning QB & coach, then alienate your franchise QB by drafting Hurts so early. Then, just as Hurts is getting ready to start his first full season, you sign Minshew, a young QB (only in the league 1 year longer than Hurts) with a much stronger track record of success, as his backup.

    It’s like they are doing all they can to avoid stability or confidence.
    ——–
    With Wentz only having completed 1 full season, drafting a young backup qb was justified. Wentz’ feelings are what made that an issue. And bringing in minshew is a solid choice for a backup qb. The only ones making that an issue are the drama queens who just want to stir things up. They swapped Mullens for minshew. How is that a bad thing?

  11. There goes the narrative about Alabama QBs in the NFL. People need to understand Nick Saban has changed Alabama philosophy from winning with defense to winning with a QB and offense. Now you will see more and more 5 star recruits at QB go to Alabama and play at the next level. Bryce Young will go #1 overall in 2023 draft.

  12. Hurts was 1-3 as a starter but he was also thrown cold into the toughest part of the Eagles’ schedule, played multiple playoff teams, won against New Orleans (#1 ranked Def) and was the only reason they were watchable at all last year.

    No idea why people are so down on him, he performed well enough in the circumstances and now has had an entire offseason with a new coach who has designed an offensive system to highlight his strengths.

  13. Don’t forget that one of his three “losses” was the season ending throwaway game against Washington.
    So his 1-3 record is a bit skewed.

  14. bird2urmother says:
    August 31, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    With Wentz only having completed 1 full season, drafting a young backup qb was justified. Wentz’ feelings are what made that an issue. And bringing in minshew is a solid choice for a backup qb. The only ones making that an issue are the drama queens who just want to stir things up. They swapped Mullens for minshew. How is that a bad thing?

    ============

    It’s debatable that drafting a QB was better than signing a veteran backup. But 2nd round, 2nd pick seems a bit high to draft a QB right after they sign Wentz to a huge contract.

    I agree that from a talent standpoint, having Minshew on staff is great – he’s a starting-quality QB. But is a guy 1 year older than your presumptive starter, who came directly over from a starting gig at another team, the smartest choice for instilling any kind of confidence in Hurts?

  15. Jalen Hurts is the starter……until somebody else is the starter.

    These announcements who the starter is are becoming a joke. Either it is obvious who the starter is and then it‘s not necessary to make an announcement or you just keep your mouth shut and roll out the guy who you think is best for the first game. If you don‘t make the announcement you at least keep the opponent guessing who they are facing and make their preparation harder. They ditch the QBs anyway if he is not performing in three or four games in a row, so what is the reassurance for?

    Votes of confidence in sports and politics are mostly the opposite of what the words say.

  16. I like Hurts. I like Flacco, I like Minshew. Overall good, maybe not great (yet) QB room. The good news is that Philly’s cost structure to have a QB is low, until they figure it out. Some will say that Wentz was a costly mistake. But due to his play and Foles play, Philly got to and won a super bowl. So maybe the QB for the next run to the SB is on the team, but they won’t blow the Cap situation out until we find out if he is already on the team. Let’s wait and see.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.