Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts: Not his best game, but really pleased with how he came along

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The Eagles season ended with Sunday’s 31-15 loss to the Buccaneers and it never felt as close as that final score because the Bucs were up 31-0 before the Eagles made the final look a little better with a couple of fourth quarter touchdowns.

Part of the reason the Eagles fell so far behind was the play of quarterback Jalen Hurts. He was intercepted twice and was 16-of-32 through the air through the first three quarters of his first postseason appearance.

After a good second half of the season, it wasn’t the kind of performance the Eagles hoped to get from their quarterback and it wasn’t the kind of closing argument Hurts would’ve liked about his fit for the position. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said “it wasn’t his best game,” but that his overall belief in Hurts remains strong going into the offseason.

“I feel really good with what we have in place here at the quarterback position. He had a great year. I’m really pleased with how he came along this year,” Sirianni said, via Reuben Frank of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com.

The Eagles have three first round picks this year, so they have the capital to make other moves should there be a different view about Hurts’ progress at an organizational level.

22 responses to “Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts: Not his best game, but really pleased with how he came along

  1. Unfortunately although hurts walks,talks and looks like a starting NFL quarterback he isn’t. The coaches kid is wildly inaccurate, can’t read defenses, lacks touch and has all the makings of your typical backup. Howie go get yourself a franchise guy.

  2. I mean, they definitely need another WR or two, but goodness, Hurts isn’t the guy. He just isn’t. He’s a backup. Problem is that this draft isn’t terribly deep at QB, especially toward the top. We don’t even know what the FA QB market is going to look like either. Good luck to the Eagles trying to figure this out.

  3. I think Sirianni has to toe the line. His team made the playoffs and were blown out, so probably more success than most pundits predicted. But Hurts does not look like a starting NFL QB. You can’t plan an offense around desperation throws. So they got three 1st round picks; great, they can do what, give him more weapons that he can’t find to throw to?

  4. They’re gonna ride it out with Hurts for 1 more season, give him a couple more weapons, and see how he pans out. If he’s still the same after next season he’ll be gone

  5. Tony Broome says:

    January 16, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    I mean, they definitely need another WR or two, but goodness, Hurts isn’t the guy. He just isn’t. He’s a backup. Problem is that this draft isn’t terribly deep at QB, especially toward the top. We don’t even know what the FA QB market is going to look like either. Good luck to the Eagles trying to figure this out.
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    Although the draft isnt deep I think it’s safe to say Pickett and Corral are clearly more polished and NFL ready than Hurts has shown. If they didn’t have 3 1st round picks I could see them crossing their fingers and hoping Hurts shows more than he has but things as they are I’d be surprised if they don’t take 1 of those 2 qbs and another wr early in the draft to play opposite Smith.

  6. Unless Hurts is gonna grow another 5 inches in height they need to move on. Terrible decision making and he cant see over the lineman.

  7. The way Bruce Arians swatted at his own player, must have thought a bee or fly was on his helmet. Hopefully, Minshew can compete for the starting job next year because Hurts forces the ball to Goedert …

  8. The college and pro game are almost like two different sports, as far as quarterbacking goes. Hurts just needs to be developed into a QB. He’s a great kid and I’m sure he’s a joy to work with, but he’s just too green. Mid-way through last season Josh Allen was still being questioned by lots of the experts. He’s still improving. It doesn’t happen overnight. Hurts will probably show a lot more progress about middle of next season. Maybe they’ll get a little farther in the playoffs. This year was a decent step. The journey is far from over.

  9. Hurts is still one of the youngest QB’s in the league and really improved this season. He absolutely played himself to be the starter for one more year. The QB’s in this draft are older than him and not as good.

    People throwing him out the door so fast but Siriani didn’t have a great game plan and the man truly needs a complimentary receiver to Smith. Quez and Reagor ain’t it

  10. curtis20 says:
    January 16, 2022 at 6:05 pm
    Unless Hurts is gonna grow another 5 inches in height they need to move on. Terrible decision making and he cant see over the lineman.
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    Stop with this stupid comment, a 6’4″ QB can’t even see over the 6’4″ linemens heads, since your eyes are 4″ lower than the top of your head a QB would have to be 6’8″ to see over a 6’4″ linemens head!

  11. Hurts and a 2nd for Jimmy G.
    I’ll go a year or 2 with him and see how it turns out. Hurts would be a similar backup skillset to their rookie. Unless SF is gonna keep Jimmy and let their investment sit another year? Birds get to keep the 3 Firsts… Don’t think any of the other vets that are available want to come to Philly…
    Win/win for each team.

  12. I hate it when people pile on a team after a loss. The game is over, the Eagles lost. It’s really stupid how people constantly ask Lane Johnson if he’s having fun. It’s just reveals somebody’s immaturity when they ask him if he had fun. Every time the Eagles lose somebody has to post the old “Are you having fun now Lane Johnson?” I would never resort to asking Lane Johnson if he’s having fun after a loss. I would guess Lane Johnson is not having fun after getting blown out in a playoff game, but as for me I would never take this opportunity to ask Lane Johnson if he’s having fun. It just ain’t right.

  13. Eagles need qb competition. Hurts NEVER SAW wide open receivers, esp. D. Smith. Eagles don’t have good depth due to poor drafting. Putting Minshew in late 3rd or in the 4th qtr. shoulda been on the table. Not doing so is admitting defeat before the game is over.

  14. Kelly Pickett is the only pro ready qb. Corral is nothing special. Can the eagles get D. Watson, that’d b my choice. Then jimmy g. Not sure who else will b available. Hurts didn’t go thru progressions to find the open receivers. Jalon Reagor continues to embarrass Howie Roseman picking him over stud J. Jefferson. If the eagles draft Jefferson, then perhaps they take M. Parsons. Instead, Parsons goes to their division rivals. Those mistakes will last YEARS. D. Smith was needed, but Hurts doesn’t see him open & he’s too light to block. Eagles also have little depth. It’ll take a few years to measure up to the elite teams.

  15. Hurts hurt the offense all season long. The media’s love for him is baffling, I think they hate Wentz so much they just root for Hurts. Look at how many points Minshew put on the board compared to Hurts.

  16. I was really hoping Hurts would step up an be the guy. He has all the intangibles. But I just don’t see him having the tools to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL. Sure, there have been successful QB’s without “elite” arm strength or height, but they had other attributes that made them great. Things like pocket-awareness, seeing the field, and going through progressions. Hurts doesn’t do any of those things particularly well. At least not well enough to compensate for his physical deficiencies.

  17. They didn’t belong in the playoff. The Saints, Vikes and maybe even the Bears are better than them

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