You can take the quarterback out of Houston, but you can’t take the quarterback out of Houston.
Jalen Hurts is having a summer himself, and it’s not even summer yet. He lobbied and landed Kelly Green’s return for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2023, survived the 2022 NFL Draft without his team picking up another quarterback and, against all odds, got his good friend AJ Brown in a midnight green uniform despite being the “greatest wide receiver in Tennessee Titans history.
And in the kitchen of the NovaCare Center? Well, Hurts made an impact there too, as he was featured crayfisha southern specialty on the menu.
Consecutive? On the season, probably not, but it certainly shows a willingness to embrace Hurts’ personality and allows him to fire his teammates on the pitch and in the dining room as well, assuming they’ve gone for a spicy iteration of the dish. What is consequent? Hurts’ words, as he seemingly kissed the “playmaker philosophy” this somebody tapped on the table all spring.
Jalen Hurts needs to prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Some quarterbacks are gunslingers. They take the pitch like a Clint Eastwood character, ignore checks, and throw the ball deep downfield without caring whether it’s caught or recovered. These quarterbacks, who like to “risk for the biscuit”, often produce some of the most breathtaking highlights you will ever see, and their popularity exceeds that of many of their peers – assuming they don’t throw. more interceptions than touchdowns. and get kicked out of town.
But in the modern NFL, there’s no one way to play quarterback.
No, there are floor generals, game managers, and all sorts of different players who fall somewhere in between. Some quarterbacks like to win vertically, others prefer side-to-side throwing, and still others add a running element to the offense that can also be incredibly difficult to cover.
Hurts, to his credit, has the running part of being a quarterback in 2022. He can rush behind the line looking for open men on the field or run out to pick up positive yards himself.
What Hurts doesn’t know as well, however, are the subtle nuances of reading a defense, splitting coverage, and winning over a defensive coordinator who also gets paid to do his job.
Some of that comes with time. The more Hurts plays quarterback against “real” defenses in regular season games, the better he will improve. But Nick Sirianni can also make life easier for Hurts. all he has to do is design games where Hurts can open receivers and run or check things out if those options aren’t available.
Recall, if you will, the tempo-based offense that made Nick Foles a Super Bowl MVP in February 2018. Foles threw bombs, sure, and the running game was really, really good, but he also completed 72.6% of his passes during the playoffs and dominated with a then-revolutionary game that quickly became an NFL standard: RPO. If Sirianni can inherit those looks from his mentor, Frank Reich, and incorporate them into an offense that also features a fair amount of engineered quarterback runs and the offense could be a lot of fun to watch indeed.
Off the field, Jalen Hurts does everything for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a very good teammate, a fantastic ambassador for the team and a pro of the pros; now he just needs to back it up with his performance on the pitch. Fortunately, if Hurts can embrace the idea of being a setter for a setter, preparing plates for his teammates, then he can prepare enough for everyone to eat well on offense.