Nick Sirianni: I just see Jalen Hurts’ arrow completely pointed up

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Led by a strong rushing attack, the Eagles have won two of their last three games to improve to 4-6.

While his passing numbers haven’t set the world on fire, quarterback Jalen Hurts has been in the thick of the surge. He’s completed 67 percent of his passes for 443 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Philadelphia’s last three games. And he’s tallied 31 carries for 186 yards.

In his Monday press conference, head coach Nick Sirianni touted Hurts’ progress.

“I just see his arrow completely pointed up,” Sirianni said, via Reuben Frank of “I think we’ve all seen the way he’s played.”

Sirianni noted the improvement the team has made as a whole over the last three games, and that Hurts has been at the center of it. The head coach also pointed out that Hurts has started just 14 games, and saying effectively he’s still a rookie.

“So all I see is improvement every day from him,” Sirianni said. “It starts with the type of person that Jalen is and how much he loves this sport and how much he loves his teammates and how tough he is. And he doesn’t make the same mistake twice.”

Questions remain as to whether or not Hurts is the team’s quarterback of the future. But Sirianni isn’t thinking past the present.

“My job here and Jalen’s job is to not focus on franchise quarterback moving forward,” Sirianni said. “It’s about, ‘What can we do today to get us ready for Sunday and what can we do tomorrow to get us ready for Sunday.’

“I say this every week, but my message isn’t going to change: ‘What can we do today to get ready for the next game?’ So, I think that’s Jalen’s mindset, that’s my mindset (and that’s) how we’re going to keep getting better each week. And the rest will take care of itself.”

While they’re still two games below .500, the Eagles are still firmly in the mix for an NFC playoff spot. Philadelphia could further its status as a contender with a victory over New Orleans in Week 11.

12 responses to “Nick Sirianni: I just see Jalen Hurts’ arrow completely pointed up

  1. Probably trying to increase Hurts trade value since they will look for QB in ’22 draft or free agency. A decent player but is kinda a borderline starting NFL QB.

  2. Good to see Nick say Jalen is still a rookie since he has only started 14 games. That mindset would have been helpful in games where he completely abandoned the running game. Only a small group of elite QB who can go into a game without a consistent running game, but even for them, having a running game makes them more dangerous. Hopefully, all coaches will remember that.

  3. Sirianni is answering some hard questions without being rigid. It is my firm belief that Hurts is of upstanding character, capable of weathering stiff competition.

  4. I for one hope we stick with Hurts and use all 3 first round picks (or two firsts and two seconds) to surround him and the rest of the team with more young elite talent. That’s how you build a real winner and contend year after year. Howie, please take note.

  5. I hope they Keep Jalen Hurts and keep developing him as the starting quarterback of the Eagles and the use all of their draft picks to rebuild the defense.

  6. Eagles fan here – I believe in Hurts and think he can be the guy. He doesn’t have elite arm strength, but it’s still good enough. He has shown a lot of development as a passer, has really impressive physical tools, and has the intangibles you want.

    It’s still early, but I think the team would be so much better off using those three firsts on non-quarterbacks to build the roster around Hurts than it would be by finding someone else to replace him.

  7. Unless a guy like Wilson is available I would stick with hurts next year. None of the available qbs in this draft have a better outlook than he does. Build the team, and if it doesn’t work out with hurts next year we can draft a QB in what looks like a better QB draft class.

  8. I have friends who have already decided that Hurts is a bust. They don’t think — they *know* — that he will never reach the level required for the Birds to win.

    I would *so love* to see Hurts stick it to these naysayers.

  9. All credit to Sirianni for figuring out the best way to use him, but the the ceiling is pretty low on him because he is such an inconsistent passer. Hopefully for them they can get a real passer with that Colts pick.

  10. As an Oklahoman, few things are more enjoyable than seeing great players that repped our schools (for however long & to whatever success) do well in the pros. Especially for an upstanding dude like Jalen.

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